The project scheduling game (PSG): simulating time/cost trade-offs in projects

  • Vanhoucke M
  • Vereecke A
  • Gemmel P
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The project scheduling game (PSG) is an IT-supported simulation that illustrates the complexity of scheduling sequences of activities for real-life projects. Focusing on PSG as an educational tool, the authors explain how it supported the realization of a massive water purifcation project at a Belgium water distribution company, Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Watervoorziening. In examining this project, the authors used as their basic approach a critical path method (CPM) network problem; they also analyzed the time and cost relationship for each activity performed during this project. The authors additionally explain the different features of PSG as well as the three parts of the traditional PSG session and the approach for teaching this process and evaluating the performance of teams that use PSG.

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  • business game
  • project management
  • project scheduling
  • time/cost trade-off problem

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  • Mario Vanhoucke

  • Ann Vereecke

  • Paul Gemmel

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