A Strategy Game for Project Teams

A challenging project management simulation for project managers and team members

In today's highly competitive business environment - where time, money and resources are in short supply - companies count on project managers and their project team members to get more work accomplished. Project success depends on skilled managers and engaged, committed team members who know how to use common tools, common language and common processes to avoid potential pitfalls, execute wisely, and achieve timely and cost-effective results.


Countdown®: A Strategy Game for Project Teams is a project management simulation that enhances the knowledge and skills of project managers and project team members. Developed in collaboration with experts, this comprehensive project management program uses a variety of discovery learning techniques to engage and energize learners as they explore the concepts, tools and behaviors of effective project management. Designed to be used quickly and easily by any company relying on project teams, Countdown can be customized to address your unique needs or business conditions.

Countdown immerses participants in an intense project that lasts seven simulated months. Small teams of participants move through project milestones, make critical decisions, communicate with stakeholders and manage trade-offs - all under tight deadlines and shifting information. Less than an hour into the game, teams work with a Gantt chart, estimate potential delays and costs, evaluate the critical path, assess project risks and make important decisions as they drive a project to success. But it's more than an agile project management simulation game. It's a serious, intensely effective learning program.

ONGOING SUPPORT : Paradigm Learning can support your ongoing project management training, development and consulting needs with a full suite of solutions that enable you to take deeper dives into specific content, on-demand learning, successful tools and templates, and the sustainability of a mentoring and learning community.

POST-COUNTDOWN SUPPORT : We now offer comprehensive project management training, including on-demand learning, "just enough" tools and templates, and the support of a mentoring and learning community. Read on about the NEW Fast Ramp suite of flexible project management training solutions available onsite or in virtual formats.

AUDIENCES : Project managers new to their responsibilities; project managers who would benefit from a refresher; project team members who need to understand concepts, terminology, tools and techniques.

CONNECTIONS : Exercises after the project management simulation create a bridge to participants' work environments and project management issues. They deal with real-world situations, including how their company initiates projects, what's expected of project teams, and how project success is evaluated. These exercises connect the lessons of the simulation with day-to-day behaviors and actions. (Connections exercises are provided with Countdown, or you may wish to work with us to customize the exercises for deeper relevance to your issues and/or your audiences.)

TRAINING OUTCOMES : Participants will understand the five key processes of project management; the constraints of time, cost and requirements; how to use meetings and scope statements to clarify project sponsors' expectations; risk evaluation and contingency planning; using critical path diagrams to determine completion goals; critical behaviors and processes used by project managers to guide success; effective personal and team behaviors for controlling a project, including communication, commitment and conflict resolution; alignment of project objectives with business value and ROI; the use of key tools; and more.

USES : Countdown is an effective way to introduce new leaders to project management concepts, tools and behaviors ... complement or reinforce project management curriculum offerings ... kick off new projects with enthusiasm ... re-energize or refocus existing project teams ... familiarize new project team members with terms, tools, techniques and responsibilities.

TIME FRAME : Countdown is a one-day project management simulation game, incorporating a four-hour game session and a two-hour Connections session. Optional extension exercises can be modified or customized.

DELIVERY : We can train your in-house facilitators or provide our experienced discovery learning facilitators to conduct your project management program.

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