Bridging the difference® from individual competence to project team brilliance

I found it really useful to practice the juggling act that project managers have to perform daily. Also, I liked having to look at resources as more than  just a body that can fill the job. We had to understand their personality and how it would contribute to group dynamics and recognize that not everyone had the full skill set to complete each job. Just like real life.”—Project Leader, Healthcare Technologies Firm

You’re a project manager, responsible for the work output of a team of people who don’t report directly to you.

  • How do you reach project goals while under significant resources, time and budget constraints?
  • What do you do when conflict arises?
  • How do you decide what risks are worth taking?
  • How do you keep your team’s motivation high when the project demands are tough?
  • How do you manage your own time so that you keep stakeholders informed, ensure quality checks, and respond appropriately to emerging challenges, without getting burned out?

In this game-based competition, teams of four participants face time, budget, scope, and resources challenges while planning and executing a simulated project with a mock team of diverse characters.

Time-pressured planning, scheduling, resourcing, and risk management tasks are powered by the internationally-acclaimed Simultrain® simulator, a highly realistic virtual project environment that uses complex decision-tree programming to reveal and address common decision-making gaps in effective project management.

Participant team members are simultaneously coached by the instructor on their ability to work collaboratively, achieve consensus, manage conflict and communicate effectively, all while proactively managing the completion of a simulated project.


In a mock e-commerce, IT, marketing, product, or re-org project, your teams of four:

  1. Plan the project using the Organization Chart, Project Description, Activity Network, Risk Register, and Gantt.
  2. Allocate tasks to simulated team members according to their skill ratings, hourly rates, and availability for the project.
  3. Map “real team” workshop behaviors to your corporate values.
  4. Execute the project against the clock using the RACI tool and other reports while continuously assessing project status.
  5. Examine success mid-way: report out to the group your simulated project dashboard and the real-team behaviors that contributed to those results.
  6. Continue planning the simulated project to reflect emerging issues, including higher costs, scheduling delays, quality issues, and lower team motivation.
  7. Continue executing against the time clock using robust simulated project management tools.
  8. Assess success: report out to the group the plus/deltas in each team’s simulated project dashboard.
  9. Discuss with the group how workshop-team behaviors contributed to simulated team results.

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