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Modeling and simulation are powerful tools for decision-making and process improvement. By modeling business processes and their relationships to the environment where an organization performs its functions, different strategies and tactical decisions can be evaluated without the costs and risks of adopting them in production settings. The software development industry struggles to improve its business, raising its ability to meet project schedules, reduce development costs, and enhance product quality. By analogy to other industries, modeling and simulation seem promising ways to achieve these goals.

An indirect way to introduce modeling and simulation in the software development industry is through management training and education. Task-force training is a growing market to a competitive industry and it has been stated that inadequate management training is one of the major root causes for many problems suffered by software projects. More experience managers are more successful in projects' planning and control than managers with less experience.

 

An experiential learning process for project management requires an environment where students can act as managers. Simulation can support this process by allowing students to explore a software project without the risks associated to failure and within time and budget constraints affordable to a management course. However, simulation tools lack the look-and-feel of a real project development environment. In this sense, games can be integrated to simulation models, adding fun, challenge, visual effects, and a more compelling interaction model for students.

 
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