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Lean Design and Use

Just as one can apply lean concepts to manufacturing, lean can be applied to business simulation design and use.











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Our simulation designs attempt to eliminate waste both in use and design and this page provides an overview of how we do this. We separate waste into that caused by the choice of the simulation, the waste caused during use and lean simulation design. Further information about leaness and eliminating waste is described in the Design for Value chapter that you can download as a PDF here.


Simulation choice waste is caused by the choice of the simulation relative to design prerequisites and particularly how the simulation focuses on development objectives and relates to the learners. Thus waste is caused by addressing inappropriate issues, too great complexity, where the learners' become confused, where prior learning is inappropriate.  This is illustrated by the Ven diagram to the right. Here the business simulation addresses the issues in the AB circle and learning needs by the BC circle. But as A is large relative to B the simulation is unfocussed and will waste the learners' time. Also, if B is small compared with C there is a need for other learning initiatives.

Simulation waste is minimised by choosing an appropriate simulation in terms of learning needs, industry type, business experience and knowledge, issues addressed and manner of use. To minimise simulation waste, we have a wide range of simulations (rather than a just few) and, additionally, provide many of these in several versions. Also, with extensive experience using simulations for business training we are always happy to answer questions and provide information about how you can choose the best simulation for your learning needs, learners, manner of use and time available..


Simulations use waste is concerned with waste occurring while using a simulation. Thus it covers waste due to decision entry, result analysis, interface design, during processing etc. Because we have considerable experience actually using simulations with business people around the world we have identified these wastes and build this knowledge into our designs.


Simulations design lean is concerned with the lean design or customisation of business simulations. In particular it is concerned with the availability of a pre-existing platform, reusing components and objectives. We make minimal use of Bling graphics as they add significantly to design cost without necessarily adding to learning. This means, benchmarked against competitors, our design time is often 80 to 90% faster!

2008 Jeremy J. S. B. Hall

Most recent update: 28/02/12
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