Working In Uncertainty
Dynamic Experience simulation
First published 27 January 2004.
What kind of simulation are we talking about?
There are numerical summaries and charts. You can even set up budgets and see budget variances to see how budgetary control compares with alternative methods. My seven year old son enjoyed playing it with me, got the idea from one run through, and happily participated in decision making. "Wow. 69 thousand. That's better than last time!" he said at the end.
This simulation doesn't have everything you could want, but it's got a lot!
At the end you can see an analysis of how you used your time as well as reviewing your results.
Who needs it?
This simulation is for anyone who is interested in dynamic alternatives to control by fixed targets such as budgets. You can get a better understanding of how some of the techniques written about on my website and discussed elsewhere (e.g. by the Beyond Budgeting Round Table – www.bbrt.org) might work for you in practice.
However, it is particularly aimed at people who are running projects to introduce more adaptive management methods to an organisation. (The idea was first suggested to me by someone who is in just this situation.) You may not see exactly what you want in this simulation but the chances are the framework will work for you so why not talk to me about a custom version? I describe some alternatives below.
Try it now
The simulation is at ‘beta test’ stage i.e. it has some bugs in it but just about everything works. If it asks you about sending an e-mail, just Cancel.
Instructions are in the simulation so without further ado click here, then come back when you've finished.
Here are some different ways the simulation could be used, including ideas for variations on the software currently available. (Use of the version on this website is free, but modifications and help using it are not.)
Other potential variations to the simulation include:
A simulation is not the same as reality, but the simulation featured on this page has many realistic features. If you're fed up with theoretical discussion of adaptive management why not try the experience, safely, with this simulation and see what you learn?
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Words © 2004 Matthew Leitch. First published 27 January 2004.