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Narrated Models Help Process Simulation

You can’t turn a new person loose with a process simulation, you just can’t. Or at least, you couldn’t, until now.

Process Simulation Needs Explanation

If you just sent a model to someone without an explanation it would be like trying to kiss someone before you got to know them. The reactions could range from surprise to shock to disgust. You don’t know how a person might react. There is a lot of getting to know someone before a kiss. A process simulation is similar. There are some preliminaries before most simulation models make sense to a recipient. You might start with an overview of what problem is being addressed by the model, then you might show a video of the real system, followed by the animation of the simulation model along with captions. With that basic understanding, you could then show results for the simulation model.

Videos can be attached to the model providing foundational explanations.

Videos can be attached to the model providing foundational explanations.

These narrations are linked to the model, so when a model is saved a narration button becomes active on the toolbar. The next time the model is installed the recipient will see there is an added active narration button.

By selecting the narration button you could activate recordings, pictures or even videos. The “link” to the file is attached to the model rather than the actual recorded file, which assures the simulation model remains small and transferable. Usually the linked file is stored on a cloud site like Vimeo or Youtube, but could be on any linkable site.

Now you can turn a “new” person loose with a process simulation. Process simulation narrations make it possible for you to send your best, practiced presentation along with a model. The target audience sees the information you want them to see including: instructions, assumptions, problems, results and solutions. Then, your audience has the capability to work with the actual process simulation and understand your process improvement recommendations.

One Comment

  1. Beatrice D. Hicks December 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM - Reply

    Thanks Scott for showing us how the target audience sees the information we want them to see including: instructions, assumptions, problems, results and solutions.

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