Process Simulation Manager

A process simulation allows you to explore a business process such as sales forecasting.






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Over the years I have developed several computer business simulations where instead of moving forward participants period-by-period participants explore a process on a step-by-step or stage-by-stage basis. An example my Prospector (stage-gate) simulation that takes participants through the process of "winning profitable business". The simulation involves participants searching for suitable projects to bid for and taking the these through a process where their suitability is assessed further, tenders are made (and won or lost) and the project details is negotiated. Finally, after several projects are won the projects are executed and the "real-world" results compared with budget and actual profitability assessed.

Learning Purpose

These simulations explore a business process such as:

Learning Use

These simulations may be used

Learning Journey

The process is divided in to several steps and each of which is explored building on the previous step(s). This process is revisited and explored for a range of business situations where each raise different issues and involve different cognition. Optionally, at the end of the simulation, the outcomes of the processes can be simulated (implemented).

How participants process through a process simulation.

I included the implementation stage in my Prospector Stage-Gate Simulation where the projects were executed and actual profits, workload and cash-flow calculated. In my Forecast and Control simulation the implementation stage was much longer as it involved using the medium term forecasts to help operate a unit for several periods. This meant that initially a process simulation was used to develop the medium-term forecast and then a Direct Use simulation to simulate unit operation. Thus the first half of the activity was preparing the forecast and the second half using and updating the forecast.


Typically, each step in the simulation addresses different issues, involves different tasks and viewpoints. Economic, business and ad hoc progressions are not used. Decision-model-result linkages tend to be simple - interdependent, interaction specific or model/result specific.

Learn more about Meta-composition.

Simulator Process

This is the process by which individual teams enter their own decisions, simulate and receive results. simulator and where there is no interaction between teams. The complete process is shown and explained below.

Process simulation software process The opening screen is optional and is used as a title page for the simulation.
The team name is used to identify team data and results. It must be six letters or less.
The advice screen is optional and reminds participants about the decisions, results and issues.
Prospector example - opportunity search (inappropriate opportunities are discarded)

Prospector example - opportunity qualification (inappropriate opportunities are discarded)

Prospector example - tendering (where you win or loose the business)
Prospector example - negotiation (where you agree payment terms, start and finish dates)
The implementation is optional and simulates the real-world outcomes showing the success.
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