The Major Projects Association has worked with Prendo, specialists in the field of simulation software, to develop a simulation that captures the universal challenges of project management. With input from across the Association’s network of experts, the simulation is a ground-breaking learning tool, designed to dramatically improve the effectiveness of project management education and preparation events, and thus reduce the risk of making mistakes in the real world.
With the same basic rationale as a flight simulator, the Major Projects Simulator allows participants, organised in competing teams, to manage and "live" a complex project in the safety of a simulated environment. It enables participants to see a whole project from start to finish and to experience (in 1 or 2 days) how all their decisions in the various disciplines combine to determine the final outcomes. It was developed after an extensive survey of the most common causes of project failure and it requires teams to make decisions and judgements in several key areas of project management.
There are several ways in which it is possible to access the Simulator: