This one-day Business Simulation is about Project Management. During the four rounds of this interactive workshop, the most important aspects of best practises project management will appear and be experienced. This is done actively, and interactively. The building process for a pyramid will actually be simulated letting you experience the control elements of good project management. During the building process, you will have a role within the project management environment. The project team is given the task of building the pyramid within a fixed time.The process is affected by real-life events that actually occurred in that period of time. During the building process there will be several reflection moments to learn from the Egyptians and from the teams own experience. At the end of the project, when the pyramid has been built, there will be a project evaluation and all the instructive points will be listed.


We are in ancient Egypt. The Pharaoh wants to secure his afterlife. He speaks to his priest and his advice is to build a Pyramid with special requirements for each layer and rooms. The customer representative will discuss the requirements with the Architect team and they will design this great pyramid. The team will go through all stages of the project life cycle and will plan the whole project including budgets, work packages, plans, reports etc. Then they will execute the project in 3 stages of 30 minutes to build the pyramid. But, the Pharaoh will bring in new requirements and requests. The challenge of the team: “how can we successfully finish this project?”


  • Students who did the PMI or PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management employees
  • Employees from business roles
  • Starting project employees
  • PMO employees

Course Duration:


Learning Objectives:

The simulation will be customized towards your own specific needs and learning objectives. But in general these are the main objectives:

  • Learn how to apply Project Management best practices and learn the essence of Prince2, PMI, PMBOK
  • Learn how to ensure the business case is realized
  • Learn how to stay customer focused and set the right priorities based on customer requirements
  • Develop communication and team competences.

Generic Benefits of Simulations:

You are emerged in a real life simulated environment. You will have to apply and adopt the theory to succeed in the business simulation. The power behind the simulation comes from gamification: game thinking and game mechanics are used in a non-game context to solving problems. This fun, experiential and effective delivery method ensures that new learning ‘sticks’. Mistakes can be made and you will learn from the simulation, your peers and the instructor (game leader).

Benefits of Taking This Simulation:

  • Explore Project Management best practices and how to effectively use them
  • Increase Project performance and value
  • Understand project roles and dependencies
  • Get more out your Project Management training, translate theory into practice
  • Improve Team Work and identify improvements to the way you manage and run projects


Some knowledge about PM.

Follow-on Course:

  • PMI Foundation
  • PRINCE2 Foundation

Course Materials:

The training organization will bring the required equipment and materials for playing the simulation.


The business simulation is typically played as a 1-day simulation, and there are 4 rounds to the simulation.

Program Outline:

MorningIntroductionRequirements ManagementRisk ManagementProject PlanProject Planning

Project preparation

Project Startup

Phase 1 Simulation

AfternoonPhase 2 SimulationPhase 3 SimulationProject Lessons LearnedAction Plan

Simulation Outline

Round 1 – Managing a Phase
The first round involves constructing the first layers of the Pyramid. You will have to take some time to get used to the methodology and the rules and procedures but construction will soon be well on the way.
Round 2 – Directing a Project
A lot of projects come across a situation which cross the planning’s limits. Decisions must be made at a higher level: the Steering Committee. Discussions must take place to see if the project is still viable or if it would be better to pull the plug.
Round 3 – Planning
When the decision is taken to accept the setbacks, the plans must be adjusted to be able to deliver within the newly set goals.
Round 4 – Managing a Project
Now you have all the tools you need to deal with complex situations. Will you be successful in putting the last stone on the pyramid on time?



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