Simulation Technologies and Issues  

Special Note: You should print out the Mini Exam and have it available while you are doing the 

readings, reviewing the slides, and visiting the simulation sites below.


This lesson focuses on the power and use of computer based simulation for exploring options in both tactical and strategic decision making. Students learn the bases for three types of simulation - discrete, continuous, and self-organizing. Exercises and exploration of applications in each area drive home uses and the value of computer modeling for the IT professional


Students will be able to evaluate the benefits and costs of simulation methods for use in superior management of information technology resources including performance benefits, costs-of ownership, technical issues, and implementation strategies


1.) Bertsche, D., Crawford, C., and Macadam, S. "Is Simulation Better than Experience?" McKinsey Quarterly 1996 Number 1. Available at

2.) Bellinger, Gene. "Systems Thinking"

3.)Saunders, John H. "System Dynamics Basics"

4. Saunders, J.H. "Management Flight Simulators" at

Review Material

Viewgraphs [required]

Systems Modeling
Artificial Life

Links [optional]:
System Dynamics
Artificial Life 



1. Run the PDA Simulation at
2. Run Conway's Game of Life at

3. Answer the questions on the Mini Exam at

Submit the answers at the beginning of the the next class or e-mail them to the instructor.