An introduction to project management and project simulations
The Pitch is a 2-hour project management simulation that features an introduction to basic project management followed by a short project simulation based on the hit show, Mad Men.
The Pitch combines learning, competition, humour and reflection in a vintage pop culture setting inspired by the TV show ‘Mad Men’. Participants will be surprised and delighted with every twist of the simulation, whilst developing essential project management knowledge and skills via experiential learning and facilitated reflection. Project Players work in teams and progress through the project lifecycle where they are challenged to produce best practice project management documentation, apply project management skills, balance competing priorities and problem solve in the face of emerging issues and in a dynamic office context.
The Pitch is a prologue to The Game, our 1 day project management simulation, so can be used as a standalone activity or run as a two-part event that progressively builds engagement and skills whilst developing the team.
The Pitch has a flexible application and can be delivered to professionals with no prior project management experience as a combined professional development and team building activity, such as for HR, finance or client facing staff. This has value to resources across all functions and industries as project management skills become increasingly valuable in a marketplace characterised by rapid and continual change. Alternatively, for experienced project professionals, The Pitch can be run as a standalone team building ‘game’ with the the exclusion of the basic project management training component such as to launch a new project or to reinvigorate an existing and tired project team.
Why Use Simulation
Simulations and gamification are at the leading edge of adult education as they provide a bridge between theory based learning and work based application. Project simulations deliver kinaesthetic learning (“learning by doing”), put participants in the ‘flow zone’, enhance retention and are an ideal adjunct to 70:20:10 frameworks.
Unlike computer-based simulations, The Pitch is an interactive, team-based simulation that deliberately brings people together to develop the soft skills and behavioural competencies known to underpin successful projects. The simulation is followed by a facilitated reflection to enhance individual and group learnings and skill development whilst driving the enhancement of emotional intelligence.
The Pitch develops individual and team attributes that are the basis of high-performing teams, including trust, communication, reflection, problem solving, innovation, negotiation, and collaboration, while providing infinitely more value compared with traditional team building events, such as bowling and pup-lunches.
Project simulations are ideal for:
- Team building
- Launching a new project
- Part of an existing training or change management program.
“The simulation was exactly what I came for. Awesome!” – Attendee at ‘The Pitch’ simulation hosted at LinkedIn and organised by the AITD (November 2016)
“The final wrap about gamification was interesting and the activity was fun” – Attendee at ‘The Pitch’ simulation hosted at LinkedIn and organised by the AITD (November 2016)