BPUG PMI 1More than 20 participants equally members of the BPUG e.V. or PMI Frankfurt Chapter e.V. met in the modern office of the SyroCon Consulting GmbH in the industrial estate Eschborn-Süd. Dr. Markus Eisel, one of the two executive directors of SyroCon, gave a brief insight into SyroCons business activities before he handed over to Rüdiger Geist found an inventor of Swiss Island. Important to know that it is NOT a Project-Simulation, but a Projectmanagement-Simulation, and also not a "modern" & AI-based computer simulation, but a "human" simulation - made by humans FOR humans... since we all know that even in Digitalization-Projects, the human being is still the most important success factor.




BPUG PMI 2But what is Swiss Island about? You might indeed notice a few similarities to "Agile Games", so it's about building a fun park and since the innovator is from Switzerland, the name "Swiss Island" is obvious. The participants of the simulation are typically put into groups representing a project stakeholder, like the sponsor, the project manager and the team in a very simple setup. More complex set-ups at programme management level with up to 40 participants have already been successfully completed. The simulation consist of several rounds and in every round at least one event card per group is either taken from a card stack or selected by the moderator in case he wants to generate certain situations e.g. for training purposes. Typically a full simulation takes more than one full day, so at this evening we could only play a few rounds.

Off we went: and already in the first round the PM had to transport a budget overrun to the sponsor who in turn wanted a scope extension - simple rules causing interesting & dynamic interactions... very close to our day-to-day work, right?




All in all a worthwhile evening and the wish to have more of this, either as serious PM-training in your company or a fun item during a project kick-off or a repeast amongst BPUG and PMIFC folks.


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