Designing your own Pulse Simulation - 7 simple steps

Article by Ken Thompson, last updated September 2019

Pulse Simulations are highly effective where the number of participants are high or the time available is short or both! 

Designing your own custom Pulse Simulation is very straightforward especially if you have an existing template/example such as the Cruise Ship Scenario.

There are 7 key steps which are listed below and sequences as in the figure:

  1. Establish Group Size, Time Available & Key Goals (typically 3-4)
  2. Identify Key Learning Takeaways (typically 15-20)
  3. Design Questions & Answer Options (typically about 15)
  4. Develop Supporting Roles & Papers (typically about 5)
  5. Develop and Test Online Pulse Questionnaire
  6. Design Master Schedule & Scenario Presentation
  7. Conduct Test Run & Refine Components 

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