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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)
  • NASBA - 8 CPE(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?

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


Instructor between simulations.

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.

Simulation and interactions with team members.

Simulation, working as a team.

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

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

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.

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.

What improvements should be made to the workshop?

Ability to scheduel recurring meetings.

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

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

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

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.

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 time understanding the simulation tool.

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.

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

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

N/A. Extremely well done, memorable event.

None - both Walt and John were very good!


Spend a little more time explaining simulation tool before starting.

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

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

Their presentation and enthusiasm were fabulous! Thank you!

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.

Beyond my expectations! I like the prearranged positions.

Definitely a "learning experience".


Good exercise.

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

Interactive and applicable to work.

Interactive and entertaining.


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 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.

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 was fun to use.

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