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Simulations for Assessment, Training & Development - DIY PDF Download Package
Manual and CD ROM - four simulations designed to provide a wide choice of settings for your training or assessment activities.
Designed by Julie Hay and originally published by Gower (2004).
This pack is now published as a Do-It-Yourself PDF download package by Sherwood Publishing (See below).
The Dubchinzaneth Building Project
Your participants are briefed to imagine they work as part of the management group of a charity, tasked with providing help following a major international disaster. Which of the reconstruction projects will they choose? How will they plan the construction? What unexpected problems will they face as the project goes live and how will the team tackle them?
The Nasmullin Product Development Project
Nasmullin Enterprises is an established multinational manufacturer of food, toys and clothing. As members of the management team, your participants are tasked with championing a new product development project. Which project will the team pick and how will they plan and manage the development of the product overseas in the face of threats to financial stability, sabotage and legal action?
The Valleys Local Authorities Merger
Your participants are asked to imagine that they are managers in a Local Authority. They need to select a project team to make the merger with their neighbouring authority run successfully. How will they convince their colleagues of their choices for the team and how then will they plan and run the merger, collectively, in the face of human and external problems not foreseen in their planning?
The Brabent Hospital Trusts Merger
Participants are faced with a Government decision to merge their Hospital Trust with a neighbouring Trust. Their job is to choose a merger project team and convince their colleagues of their choices. Then, working together, they need to plan the merger and as the plan unfolds, tackle the problems as they arise, some human, some technical and some very unexpected.
Part One of the manual includes a complete set of guidance materials for running the simulations for an assessment or a development centre - all you need to administer the simulations, brief the assessors and the candidates. And you can choose whether to run a linked sequence of activities or to mix and match across the four settings.
Part Two includes guidance materials for using the simulations to train and develop the members of a team, or alternatively, team leaders and managers. Use them before, during or after the training, to identify needs, check learning, or let them practice applying the lessons.
Part Three contains copies of all materials for running the simulations, for participants, centre managers and trainers. Copies are available on the CD ROM in two versions: one with the coding system for ease of administration when you run a centre; the other version without codes so you can use them as training handouts in whatever way you choose.
Choose a simulation with a storyline that is familiar to the participants, if you want to keep your training or assessing close to home. On the other hand, choose a simulation with a context outside the participants' experience if you want them to demonstrate potential rather than simply following custom or mimicking (possibly bad) practice. Whichever option you choose, the complexity of these simulations makes them a perfect way to assess and/or develop a wide range of core skills, including planning, communication, decision-making, teamworking, leadership and, importantly, all of the nuances associated with them. And you can decide your own list of factors to assess against or use those provided in the pack, for managers or for professionals.