For a major energy company, Ventana consultants built a dynamic simulation model to forecast the rate of technical progress for a $100+ million/year development program and support proactive program management. The model supplemented traditional program management tools and forecasting methods, which were funded at much higher levels. The goal of the development program was to
Ventana® Project Models focus on the true drivers of output quality, schedule, and cost. They provide a top-down view of major project components, estimating how completion speed and error generation are affected by the availability and quality of labor and prerequisite work. They identify program problems by technical sub-system. They help optimize schedule and budget in the face of shifting deadlines, funding, and output requirements.
For NASA, Ventana developed the Project Manager Learning Sim: a training tool containing a simple project-dynamics model, giving users access to the model via a game-like user interface. The Sim was developed in order to enable users to discover for themselves several fundamental insights into managing real world projects, the most fundamental of which is
The Electronic Systems Division (ESD) of the United States Air Force hired Ventana to create a model for contract management and control. The objective was to make accurate forecasts of project outcomes using only the limited contract data provided to the Government by private contractors. In its first application, the Ventana model accurately predicted that