Exploring one of my key business simulation design principles - leanness.
Lean principles have revolutionised
manufacturing processes and management over recent years and are
revolutionising architectural and software design. With
experience in manufacturing and engineering it is natural that
I believe in applying lean principles to my business simulations.
My simulations are designed based on very
extensive experience using simulations for management development
and business training and this has been built into them as
- Short Durations
- Training time is valuable and so I design my
business simulations to run in the shortest time possible. I do
this by ensuring that the business simulation addresses specific
learning needs and business issues. (Thus my designs go
beyond just developing a good model of the real-world.
They are based on a clear
definition of development needs, the target audience
and manner of use).
- Wide Range
- I ensure that I have a wide range of business simulations and
versions so that I are likely to have a business simulation that
meets and matches your needs. And, since the development
of these Ire sponsored this is reflected in my prices.
- Decision and Results, Granularity and Ambiguity
- As important as designing an appropriate model, linking the decisions and results to cognitive processing needs has a major impact on learning and business simulation duration.
- Systems Dynamics Model and Workload Droop
By applying Systems Dynamics thinking to business simulation use and design I ensure that the most learning is packed into the shortest possible time. The diagram to the right showing how workload changes as the business simulation progresses and without the features I incorporate (green) how it droops! I call this design paradigm ramping and do it by calibrating the business simulation so the challenge increases and by adding new reports and decisions that introduce new topics.
- Ease of Use
- My simulations incorporate decades of practical training experience and a leading edge Tutor Support System. Incorporating decades of training experience means that the trainer and learners invest minimal time learning how to use the software. The Tutor Support System means that the trainer is forewarned of learning problems and opportunities, can answer questions
effectively and quickly and reduces the amount of time spent by the trainer learning about the simulation.
- Lean Documentation.
- Besides providing focused business simulations I attempt to
ensure that when they are used no time is wasted. My
documentation is lean. It provides the essential
information but no more. But, built in to the simulation
software are extensive context sensitive Tutor and Participant Support
systems to provide additional information when and as
- Efficient Use of Time
- By having a wide range and incorporating just the factors
need for learning I ensure that you get a business simulation
that makes efficient use of learners time. Additionally
by having the learning process facilitated and managed by
a trainer, I believe that learners do not waste time and
all learning opportunities are addressed.
- Standard Hardware &
- All my simulations are designed to be used on standard
Windows based hardware. Although my shortest simulations
require a microcomputer and printer for each team, my
longer, interactive simulations are designed to be run on
a single microcomputer and printer and this means that
they can be run in any training environment (including a
Operating leanness leads
to effective and efficient learning - my ability to meet your
learning needs within tight budgets.
My designs and design processes
are lean and this means that I can deliver a new or
customised business simulation in a fraction of the time of
- Eighty-five to Ninety-five percent of a
business simulation program is common. It is only the five to
fifteen percent of the simulation model that differs
between simulations. For a new simulation, the standard
software already exists and does not have to be developed
- Besides being able to develop new
business simulations in remarkably short times, all my
business simulations are easily customised. So, if a simulation
closely but not exactly meets your needs I generally can
customise it in a matter of hours or days.
- Besides the existence of standard software
and the ability to customise, I have a design process
that ensures quality and speed. This is partly due to my
experience developing simulation models (both for
corporate and financial planning and for learning). And
partly because of my design methodology and software
Design leanness leads to agility - my ability to meet your design deadlines faster and
better than my competitors.
Lean but not mean!
Although leanness isimportant it must not be at the expense of learning.
Thus all my simulations are thoroughly tested on actual training courses and
incorporate leading edge features to ensure learning.
||In comparison to some of
my competitors, I liken my lean approach to
comparing the 1950's chrome encrusted gas guzzlers (some
competitors' simulations) to a modern automobile, with automatic transmission, sat nav etc. (my
simulations with Tutor Support System).
is not to say the American cars of the 1950's are not beautiful
to look at but who can afford to run one!)
Lean Learning Research
I am currently mapping lean
manufacturing principles with learning in an attempt to determine
how I can improve the efficiency of learning further while still
maintaining and improving the effectiveness of
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