PT29 S1 Q19 Help

  • August 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm #3281
    georgegao93
    Participant

    Hi guys,

    For the question named in the subject title, I fail to see why answer choice A is the better choice over C. Choice C seems to better connect the support and conclusion; if “a manager should see that contractors do their jobs promptly”(choice C), then it obligates them to having the project completed without delay, while “a manager should take foreseeable problems into account when making decisions”(choice A) does not carry the same obligation; the manager could plan for it and if it fails regardless, he would not be responsible for the failure. Furthermore, I don’t see how the explanation given on p.265 of the trainer explains the inferiority of C either; C doesn’t preclude the planning aspect of the manager’s responsibilities.

    Thanks in advance.

  • August 24, 2017 at 9:10 am #3283
    Mike Kim
    Keymaster

    Hi George —

    C is certainly a tempting answer — the difference has to do with planning for a contingency vs trying to prevent that contingency from happening —

    Imagine you were throwing a party, and you order pizza which they tell you will arrive in about 30 mins —

    You can

    a) prepare for the possibility (contingency) that the pizza might be a bit earlier or later

    b) work to try and ensure that the pizza restaurant does indeed deliver in about 30 mins —

    Those are slightly different goals, and, in 29.1.19, the issue discussed is planning for contingencies, as opposed to planning to prevent them, and so (A) is a better answer than (C). The principle underlying is not that the manager is to blame because he was responsible for making sure the contractor finished on time, but rather because he should have planned for the possibility that the contractor might not.

    HTH — MK

  • August 24, 2017 at 11:13 am #3284
    georgegao93
    Participant

    Thank you Mike. Looks like the devil is really in the details.

  • August 25, 2017 at 8:38 am #3285
    LSAT Dan
    Participant

    Very precise explanation by Mike. I would only add that in your OP, you said, “…he wouldn’t not be responsible for the delay,” and you’re right; he’s NOT responsible for the delay – he’s responsible for seeing to it that if there IS a delay, they can still open on time.

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