The simulator approach
The innovativeness of the simulator is that it affords the user the chance to monitor a project. Whereas traditional training methods place emphasis mainly on planning and implementation, the simulator lets participants practice monitoring a project while being confronted, under stress, with a number of situations that regularly arise in most projects.
When using SimulTrain©, participants work in groups of four persons per simulator. Their training takes place on two levels:
They learn from the simulation itself — from the reactions of the people involved in the project to the decisions made.
They also learn from the potent interactions that develop in the four-person groups. Each person plays a very precise role (such as supervising the schedule, costs, quality, and motivation), and these roles engender conflict.