Sim4Projects™ is a project management simulation developed by Dr. Jeffrey Pinto and Dr. Diane Parente of The Pennsylvania State University.
Sim4Projects provides virtual experience in managing projects. Through the use of multiple scenarios and competitive and
collaborative project teams, "first hand" experience as a successful project manager is acquired.
Title: Sim4Projects™ (v2.8)
Authors: Jeffrey K. Pinto and Diane H. Parente
With the rapid rise of computers and advanced technology in the classroom have come new pedagogical approaches to teaching.
One of the most powerful of these approaches is the use of computer simulations to demonstrate "real world" business practices,
the inter-relatedness of various business functions, and the role of competitive decision-making in business.
Computer simulations encourage team development, collaboration, global thinking, and a predilection to consider
the ramifications of decisions and their effect on the bottom line—in other words, many of the skills
that are useful to project managers and team members in business. The purpose of this simulation is
to tie together many of the salient challenges of project management in order to give students
the deepest possible understanding of the complexities involved in undertaking a project. The goal of the
simulation will be to have students manage a project from initiation to completion. Within this framework
the student will need to employ and develop skills pertinent to personnel selection and training, motivation,
conflict management, and stakeholder management. Students will be required to use planning and scheduling techniques,
such as work breakdown structures, PERT/CPM, scope development, and risk analysis. The topical coverage will have
approximate coincidence with the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), insuring that the
students gain exposure to those topics recognized by the key professional organization for project manager.
Although perfectly useful as a stand-alone piece of software, this simulation can be used with any project management book.