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Project Management with Simulation Executive Overview

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In Merit's Project Management with Simulation Executive workshop, the experience of managing projects is brought to life. The project requirements, the resource constraints, timing and budgeting challenges, and the everyday interruptions and sudden changes that emerge, are all included. Using SimulTrain®, a computer-based simulator, it's invigorating, exciting and a bit stressful - but you will be able to apply your learning and team-building skills immediately. Participants always leave the day saying they just didn't realize how great this experience could be. Find out for yourself! There are no words that convey the benefits of this one-day event!

Learning Objectives

  • Experience leading a project in its entirety on a daily basis
  • Manage stakeholders
  • Set up and manage priorities
  • Allocate resources
  • Appraise task progress and quality
  • Revise the project plan
  • Make decisions as a group
  • Negotiate among the goals in cost, schedule, quality, motivation and risk.
  • Manage conflict within the team
  • Assess team spirit
  • Evaluate communication and motivation among the team members

Topics & Content

  • Project execution and control
  • The Triple Constraint
  • Activity network
  • Gantt chart
  • Budget management
  • Schedule management
  • Resource scheduling
  • Time management
  • Decision-making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Risk management
  • Personnel management
  • Negotiation
  • Teamwork
  • Stakeholder management

Course Information

Course Code: PM103
Duration: 1 day
Targeted Audience: This course is ideal for those involved in and managing projects: Novice or advanced project managers, Project team leaders, Project team members, and Senior Managers

  • CBRN - 7 CEU(s)
  • OPM - 7 CLP(s)
  • PMI - 7 PDU(s)
  • SHRM - 7 PDC(s)

Course Feedback

What parts of the workshop were most valuable and/or beneficial to you?

Actually doing the simulation.

Being thrown obstacles and forced to do some reworking like real life.


Dealing with unforeseen circumstances, feedback on decisions made.

Exposure to new program.

Hands-on activities.

Instructor between simulations.

Opportunity to explore new simulation tool and learn about peers’ experiences with PM and risk management.

Pace, Reminders.

Playing a game with real people we do not know is realistic.

Provided a stimulating group experience. I like mini-lecture on how the brain decides.

Realizing how the human resource management and motivation theory can affect project completion.

Really enjoyed working with simulator.

Simulation and interactions with team members.

Simulation, working as a team.


Team building, however there was a lack of interaction between the other teams.

Teambuilding, pace - cause all team members to feel urgency to make project decisions.

The SimulTrain software.

The immediate feedback provided by the software so you experience cause and effect so quickly.

The networking, the presentation, the simulation exercise and knowing all the overall components that we have to worry about as a PM.

The practical experience of my real-life team members.

The resource allocation exercise.

The schedule and resources. Including the Gantt chart.

The simulation and the presentation.

The simulation itself. It would be nice to set task priority though.

The simulation was a great learning experience.

The simulation.

The software part was valuable and the end explanation was good.

The tool was great. Loved it!

This was my first experience with project management, and the hands-on experience was extremely helpful.

Using the tool showed how changing resources affect other aspects of a project; the discussion sessions were good too.

Viewing technology that integrates business concepts.

Working as a team together.

What improvements should be made to the workshop?

A debrief of the entire presentation and workshop with the rest of the students post class-time.

A few more minutes on functionality of the software. (We fumbled with the program at first) (to-do list).

Ability to scheduel recurring meetings.

Almost impossible to hear comments from participants - instructors should repeat them.

Close the loop in the participant’s examples of PM experiences that were similar to what was encountered in the simulation.

Consider the frequency of team meetings. Recommendations regular team meetings get cadence.

Correlation to specific classes.

Don't limit the number of assignments per person to six. Have a split screen with capability of seeing two reports at once.

Give parking locations to participants. Room too cold.

Handouts of the PPT.

Hate the sound for phone ringing.

Have a visual indicator of cell phone or door knock. Weekly team meetings and project review cost morale? Why?

I can't think of any.

Less time.

More explanation on fun and on hot button option/ cheat codes: example whe click on reports explaining the red line moving up or down.

More project level control, assigning personnel to tasks not tasks to people.

More team discussions outside of the simulator, handouts for on-screen lessons.

More time understanding the simulation tool.

Need more details prior to using information.

None - thought it was great.

None that I may think of - it was great!

Provide references on what PM resources were used as input to the development of the simulation program itself.

Remove limitation of six assignments per resource.

Screen access to see Gantt chart, resources, and activities skills requirements at once on the same screen.

Smaller project that incorporates all the elements, but not as much time to run.

Some of the situations seemed biased to an overly accommodating posture to team members at the expense of project success.

Suggestions made to program. Opportunity to explore software in personal time.

This was only one day, but it covered a lot of ground. I think it was a beneficial day.

Too long - maybe on 4-6 project sessions. Started to get redundant, maybe 1/2 day.

We were able to gain the system by setting overtime after it was not allowed.

Workshop fine. I would like to try it in a 2-day environment.

Comments and suggestions for the facilitators

2 days would be real good.

A book of references to learn more.

Although an understanding on how the brain works was good, for the simulation, it was unnecessary. I would have liked to have more linking to our courses.

Could send notes on discussion topics.

Cut out how/why individuals learn.


Keep up the good work.

Let students know if you are sharing the .ppt prior to course.

More time explaining the software.

N/A. Extremely well done, memorable event.

None - both Walt and John were very good!


Provide presentation handouts for note taking.

Relate simulation to real world experiences among participants.

Spend a little more time explaining simulation tool before starting.

Tell participants to bring a USB drive so they can take results home.

Thank you!

The person with the mouse controls the project. Interesting how the original plan drives overall success.

Their presentation and enthusiasm were fabulous! Thank you!

Tough to fit into the curriculum.

Very interesting.

Walt and John are great!

Imagine that a coworker asks: what was the workshop like for you? How will you respond?

A good learning experience. Taught how my project decisions affect outcomes of project. Will weigh decisions carefully from now on.

A great chance to work together and learn the tools I need to be better.

As I had little exposure before to this topic, it has really peaked my interest and I will definitely further my investigation into the topic.

Beyond my expectations! I like the prearranged positions.

Definitely a "learning experience".


Enjoyed the simulation, some additional information before would have been helpful.


Good exercise.

Great experience and exposure to useful tool that reinforces the fundamentals and challenges of PM.

Great. Please attend if you get a chance.

I had a lot of fun, and this was the most I've ever learned in one day.

Informative-only for individuals with prior PM experience.

Interactive and applicable to work.

Interactive and entertaining.

Interactive opportunity to learn more about project management and risk management.

Interesting - hands on.

Interesting and fun. Useful.


It is a must for any PM training.

It makes you walk in the shoes of a project manager.

It was a good opportunity to learn about the various aspects of project management and how they work together.

It was beneficial to having us work together. Compete and experience an actual "business" setting.

It was fun, and I would like more background and would be willing to look more into PM.

It was great at simulating a real project, bringing in matters/issues that actually come up. It was great!

It was great.

Level of engagement you experience is much higher than typical for training/workshops.

Real life discussions - totally relatable.

Reminded me of the entire array of project activities.

The team interaction was fun an valuable. It highlighted each member's importance t o the team's success.

Very fast paced, you needed to make decisions quickly.

Very fun and interesting.

Very good interactive way of learning project management.

Very interesting. The simulation demonstrated son real life scenarios.

Very interesting. The simulation was fun to use.

Very pleasant.

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