Webinar: The AnyLogic Project Life Cycle - a Discussion on How to Develop a Successful Simulation Model

Date: November 30, 4 — 5.30 pm UTC (convert to your local time)

Attendance: free

Language: English

Due to the high cost involved in developing a professional simulation model, it is of great importance to minimize risks that would lead to the failure of such a project and to integrate best practices to maximize the impact of the final product.

In this webinar we will talk about the different aspects that lead to a successful deployment: from a high–level perspective using soft skills, communication, and influence, to a micro-level perspective by using the appropriate simulation modeling approach and a multi-method frame of reference. We will cover the complete development life cycle, starting before even opening AnyLogic with the definition of an idea, through the creation of the model, until the post-delivery of the project.

The objective is to observe this topic from the perspective of a professional who has developed hundreds of simulation projects for academia, industry, and governments, and to complement on the approaches already used as a team leader or a simulation modeler.

Webinar Agenda:

1. Before Opening AnyLogic

  • Research question / Business problem / Purpose
  • The potential impact of the simulation model
  • Identify the audience
  • Identify the team
  • The requirements document
  • Is AnyLogic the right tool?

2. Getting Ready to Start

  • What paradigm to choose? The multi-method modeling framework and the fear of making the wrong choice
  • Abstraction level
  • Agile development
  • Communication and leadership
  • Version control and the cloud

3. Development Time

  • Step-by-step approach
  • Never stop testing
  • Assumptions and concepts
  • Developing flexible models
  • What does it mean to model reality?
  • Sources of failure

4. Achieving a Milestone

  • Validation techniques
  • Communicating your results

5. End of the Project

  • Why did your project succeed or fail?
  • Why will the next phase of the project succeed or fail?
  • Influencing stakeholders

Webinar Host

Dr. Arash Mahdavi

Dr. Arash Mahdavi is an AI & Simulation Program Manager at The AnyLogic Company in North America.He is the author of “The Art of Process-Centric Modeling with AnyLogic” textbook and has trained hundreds of professionals and faculty members from Fortune 100 companies and elite research universities. Arash holds a PhD degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Guest Presenter

Felipe Haro

Felipe Haro is an electronics engineer, with an MBA, a Master in System Dynamics, and a data science specialization. He is also a Lean Six Sigma black belt, and with more than 15 years of experience in the simulation world, he is the founder of Noorjax Consulting where he develops simulation models for governments, companies, startups and research entities all over the world in a wide range of industries. He is most known in the community through his online AnyLogic courses and his presence in the Linkedin AnyLogic users group and Stackoverflow, where he is one of the top contributors for the AnyLogic tag.