Project Management Simulation Portal: Proposal, Features and Construction Process

Project Management Simulation Portal: Proposal, Features and Construction Process

João Nascimento, Paulo Resende da Silva, João Samartinho
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/ijwp.2013100102
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Simulation, in the context of Project Management teaching / learning process, has been described as an effective way to achieve better outcomes. There are already some tools developed to simulate the management of technical work. Still, project management is much more than dealing with technical tasks. The system developed aims to sustain the process of teaching / learning the subject of project management in a broad range. When compared with other work in the field, there are two aspects that stand out from the product described in this paper: (1) the use of the Web to enhance the interaction between the agents involved in the teaching / learning process, and (2) the variety of skills considered in the system. More than focusing on a small set of processes dealing with technical work management, the solution presented here involves nearly the full project management life cycle. This paper proposes a simulation system for Project Management, based on the Web environment (Project Management Virtual Environment). It also presents the process of the system's construction and describes its features.
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Research Background

The teaching of Project Management is an activity that is more recent than the profession itself. References to the term “accidental profession”, used by Levine (2002) and Herkeens (2002), refer to situations of professionals with extensive experience in technical work that, suddenly, are placed, without any specific training, in the project management function. Competent technicians who get into leadership positions are not always successful, with the same ease as happened in their technical careers.

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