Profile: Project Integration Management Simulation

Title Project Integration Management Simulation
Version 2010
Other versions No
Sponsor/Producer Double Masters
Developer Double Masters
Series No
Number in Series N/A
Company Description Founded in 2006, Double Masters is focused on delivering world-class project management simulations to assist project managers in applying the best practices put forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). While many products and services exist to help one achieve the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, there has been little focus on how to best apply this knowledge to the real world. Application expertise has largely been left for project managers to discover on their own, through tried and true personal experience as well as collaboration with peers. Project management simulations are a great way to augment real world experience and help project managers better prepare for the many unforeseen challenges they are likely to encounter during their careers.
Description "The Project Integration Management Simulation utilizes a project scenario of localizing a software product into multiple languages for international markets. The focus is on project management fundamentals and does not require users to have knowledge of software development project management processes or terminology. The simulation follows the project life cycle of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and lastly, closing.
You will play the role of a project manager that has just been hired at a software company in the early planning stages for a localization project. The company develops its flagship product in English, but needs to localize it into French, German, and Japanese. The localization project begins at the later stages of the initial English product development process.
The hypothetical company has completed similar localization projects in the past. As such, there are many model documents covering several PMBOK® Guide processes you are exposed to but do not have to author yourself. As these documents are presented, the simulation narrator provides appropriate context to assist you in analyzing how the PMBOK® Guide can be applied to a real world project. All documentation in the simulation is assumed to be correct.
In the final planning stages for the project, you are required to fine-tune a model schedule and budget that is provided for you. Since localization requires specialty language skills, external localization vendors also have to be selected to perform large portions of the project. You must select vendors based on historical information provided on past performance.
Once the project work actually begins, you are then faced with many of the challenges that can occur in the real world such as inaccurate task estimations, cost overruns, unsolicited requests for change of scope, human resource issues, and many others. In each case, you are required to make decisions on how to deal with the challenge. There are also several instances where the initial schedule and budget need to be adjusted to keep the project on track with its stated priorities. You are provided with extensive tracking tools including Earned Value Management (EVM) metrics to help you make the best decisions possible during this phase.
As the project comes to an end, you will conclude vendor contracts and conduct a lessons learned exercise to assess the overall quality of the localization project. A complete set of metrics is also provided to you in a Scorecard once you have completed the simulation."
Categories/Folksonomy project management, simulation, PMI, PMBOK, PMP, PDU
Lead Designer Jack Lull
Other Designers/ Writers Alexandra Lull
Lead Programmer Jack Lull
Lead Artist / Video N/A
Price $150
Demo Available No
Link to Video None
Link(s) to Support Material
Platform(s) Browsers (Mac and Windows): IE 7+, Safari 4+, Firefox 3+, Chrome 5+
Customizable (1 to 10) 10
Special Hardware No
Toolkit/Language used HTML/Javascript/Flash
Year Designed 2010
LMS Integration/ SCORM No
Skill Level (Corporate/Military/Government)/Grade Level (Academic) Corporate or undergraduate
Student time 7 hours
Available ([O]pen / [R]estricted by Organization / [N]o longer Available Open
Single player/Multiplayer Single
Category: Course with sims | simulations | serious games | game Serious Game

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