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Dynamic Exerience
A simulated experience of
Dynamic Management

by Matthew Leitch, 27 January 2004


What kind of simulation are we talking about?
Who needs it?
Try it now
Some possibilities
Summary

What kind of simulation are we talking about?

Attached to this web page, by a link shown below, is another web page chock full of Javascript and bursting with Dynamic HTML tricks that gives you the experience of driving a simple organisation forward, week by week, or on other cycles if you prefer. You can see the full history of the previous year, the results of your actions, and even clues about what might happen in the future.

There are numerical summaries and charts. You can even set up budgets and see budget variances to see how budgetary control compares with alternative methods. My seven year old son enjoyed playing it with me, got the idea from one run through, and happily participated in decision making. "Wow. 69 thousand. That's better than last time!" he said at the end.

This simulation doesn't have everything you could want, but it's got a lot!

At the end you can see an analysis of how you used your time as well as reviewing your results.

Who needs it?

This simulation is for anyone who is interested in dynamic alternatives to control by fixed targets such as budgets. You can get a better understanding of how some of the techniques written about on my website and discussed elsewhere (e.g. by the Beyond Budgeting Round Table - www.bbrt.org) might work for you in practice.

However, it is particularly aimed at people who are running projects to introduce more adaptive management methods to an organisation. (The idea was first suggested to me by someone who is in just this situation.) You may not see exactly what you want in this simulation but the chances are the framework will work for you so why not talk to me about a custom version? I describe some alternatives below.

Try it now

The simulation is at "beta test" stage i.e. it has some bugs in it but just about everything works. If it asks you about sending an e-mail, just Cancel.

Instructions are in the simulation so without further ado click here, then come back when you've finished.

Some possibilities

Here are some different ways the simulation could be used, including ideas for variations on the software currently available. (Use of the version on this website is free, but modifications and help using it are not.)

Other potential variations to the simulation include:

Summary

A simulation is not the same as reality, but the simulation featured on this page has many realistic features. If you're fed up with theoretical discussion of adaptive management why not try the experience, safely, with this simulation and see what you learn?



About the author: Matthew Leitch's interests include risk and uncertainty management, cognitive psychology, mathematics, internal control systems, design, the Internet, and human knowledge. He is a Chartered Accountant with a BSc in psychology from University College London. Until recently he worked as a consultant in risk management and systems for a leading professional services firm. He pioneered new methods for designing internal control systems for large scale business and financial processes, through projects for internationally known clients. Matthew now works as an independent consultant.

Contact the author at: matthew@dynamicmanagement.me.uk

Words © 2003 Matthew Leitch

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