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PROJECT
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CLIENTS:
Alcoa
Army Contracting Command
Schneider National
Stanley Black & Decker
GE Aviation

A Strategy Game for Project Teams

In today’s highly competitive business environment—where time, money, and resources are in short supply—organizations are implementing more and more projects to manage critical activities and processes. Project teams, tasked with delivering high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results, face challenges like aggressive deadlines, scope creep, communication breakdowns, financial constraints, and more. It takes skilled project managers and knowledgeable and committed team members to face these challenges and achieve project success.

Overview

Countdown: A Strategy Game for Project Teams® is a fast-paced, classroom-based simulation designed to improve the knowledge and skills of project team members. Developed by Paradigm Learning in collaboration with project management experts, Countdown uses a variety of experiential learning techniques to engage and energize learners as they explore the concepts, tools, techniques, and behaviors of effective project management.

For every
$1 billion invested
in the United States,
$122 million
was wasted

due to lacking project performance.

— Project Management Institute

“More and more, project teams are an integral part of our company’s ongoing strategy. Development in this area is critical and Countdown had the right combination of fun and education to engage us.”

— Manager of Training, Citrix

“More and more, project teams are an integral part of our company’s ongoing strategy. Development in this area is critical and Countdown had the right combination of fun and education to engage us.”

— Manager of Training, Citrix

The Experience

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.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After experiencing Countdown, participants will know:

  • The key processes of project management as described by the PMI® standard: A Guide to Project Management Book of Knowledge
  • How to manage the triple constraints of time, cost, and requirements
  • How to use project kickoff meetings and scope statement to launch a project
  • How to use a Gantt chart, work breakdown structure and responsibility matrix
  • Effective team responses to scope creep and changing sponsor expectations
  • Important team behaviors for managing and controlling a project

Facilitation

As a facilitated simulation, Countdown sessions can be led by:

  • a Paradigm Learning master facilitator
  • a train the trainer Countdown Certified client facilitator
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“Countdown works because it’s a high energy, get-’em-excited kind of learning. It introduces PMBOK [project management body of knowledge] concepts to a large group of people. Not everyone will know how to do a work breakdown, but you sure know what one is when you’re done with the game.”

— Project Manager, Delta

“Countdown works because it’s a high energy, get-’em-excited kind of learning. It introduces PMBOK [project management body of knowledge] concepts to a large group of people. Not everyone will know how to do a work breakdown, but you sure know what one is when you’re done with the game.”

— Project Manager, Delta

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