New simulation practitioners are often surprised to find that designing and structuring a simulation project can be one of the most difficult parts of the project. Choosing the right design can save you weeks of frustration and wasted effort.
Simulation can answer many questions. Sometimes figuring out what those questions should be is half the battle! We use our expertise to help you ask the right questions, then formulate clear project objectives to match.
Having developed a clear list of project objectives, the next task is to decide upon an appropriate scope. In other words, you must determine which process elements should be modeled in detail, which should be simplified and which should be left out altogether. New simulation practitioners are often surprised to find out that getting the scope right is not only one of the most difficult parts of the project, but also a major determinant of the project's success.
Once you have clearly defined your simulation project's scope and objectives, it is time to begin learning about the process. With many years of experience, we know what to look for, where the trouble spots will be, and which questions you need to ask your subject matter experts. We can also help you determine where you will need to dig in for detailed information and where an overview will suffice.
With an understanding of project objectives, scope and process flow, you will be ready to tackle the high level design of your simulation model and/or interface. Should you treat those exam rooms as queues or work centers? How many work types will you need? Which parameters will the user need to change? What statistics must you track in order to answer the questions identified in your project objectives? Let our experience save you time and frustration.