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Project Management Simulator


Ripple recently took part in the Pathfinder inaugural Project Management Simulator.

This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Alan Slater of Pathfinder Associates:

“The Pathfinder Project Management Simulator saw the cold light of day for the first time last week when a team from Ripple in Oldham undertook the challenge to design and build a complex structure, which was a small part of a large investment programme to support communities in the Andes. During the exercise, they had to contend with various difficulties and set-backs. These included clients who didn’t know what they wanted and failed to provide a clear brief, and some very slippery and unreliable suppliers who created a range of issues, such as flaky lead times, questionable quality and deliveries with jumbled up products and part shipment. Oh no, that never happens in real life supply chains! In addition, the planning, certification and safety authorities were very demanding and nit picking.

Despite all these challenges, the Ripple team triumphed. The only time they wavered and strayed off track was at the start of the build phase, when, faced with an array of very tempting materials and sub assemblies, they dived into task mode, all grabbing pieces and frantically building away. One fair maid was heard to cry “This is not as easy as it looks…. We need a plan…. Nobody’s listening to me!” After a short detour into chaos, they recovered and went on to complete the project on time and in full and as a result of their success, the simulation indicated to them that they would be awarded a generous proportion of ongoing contracts.”

A big thank you to Alan for organising a very stimulating and worthwhile training day.