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The Last Lecture

I am taking a break from the normal simulation topic this week to mention a significant current event – the passing of Dr. Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch was a tenured professor at Carnegie Mellon University who has become widely known for not only his life’s work, but also his recent activities. What is significant is …

Making the Date

It is rarely pleasant to miss a deadline, and sometimes it can be downright career-limiting. Last week, we talked about some problems that contribute to missed project dates. Now let’s explore some solutions. Step 1 – Objectives and Specifications We have already covered the importance of project objectives and specifications. Of course setting those objectives …

On My Honor

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country; To obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Boy Scouts of America – Scout Oath I haven’t really thought about those words in a …

Prove This

On my second professional model, now that I thought I was an expert 😉 , my manager came to me and said “Prove this…”. He had the very common situation where an associate wanted to make a major investment, but could not convince upper management. This is a perfect application for simulation – a model …

Model This

When I first started modeling, my boss came to me and said “Model this…” and then proceeded to describe an area of the plant that he thought “might benefit from having a model”. Unfortunately there were no specific objectives beyond that. To me, a new simulationist, that sounded like an ideal project. Nothing to prove… …