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... isn't easy. The students who volunteer to do it, always struggle to do a good job, so I really appreciate the work they do.


In this iteration of MikesBikes the students were particularly thoughtful as they tried to create the most balanced teams they could (so they would all have a chance at winning the final competition (and get the 5% bonus). They sent me through some notes, that I think you will find interesting

The challenges of forming teams

In forming teams, we intended to give every team a range of different personalities and skill sets that work well together, while also aiming to match up aspirations and goals for the course. We also tried to give everyone a role with which they would be comfortable. However this was hard to accomplish, as there were too many people applying for the same role (e.g. Marketing) and not enough people for other roles (e.g. R&D). Therefore, some people got assigned to roles that they did not apply for, but we did our best to ensure that their team would be able to support them and that their assigned roles would still suit their skill sets.

Beyond that, we were aiming at balancing out the shareholder values that people have achieved so far. That is why we tried to create teams with a similar average SHVs, in order to give every team an equal opportunity to succeed. It should be noted that there was a large disparity in achieved SHVs among all students.

The volunteers spent nearly three hours (the longest time every for this task) trying to do the right thing by everyone in the class. Double thanks to them.

Looking at NetMike, I notice there are three days or so until the first practice rollover. Two of the most useful things you can do before then are:

  1. Work out how you will work together; what process, rules, standards do you agree to, and
  2. How much control do you really have over the simulation; can you, for example, correctly predict how many bikes you will make, or how many bikes you will sell. In SoloMike, many folk were just trying to have an impact; now you need to get on top of controlling your impact.

For now you can still rollover and rollback whilst you are offline. That won't always be possible, so you need to learn the effect of your decisions.

But most importantly, you are no longer playing against a dumb computerised opponent; now you are competing against people who are as smart as you and who will be trying as hard as you to out think their competitors.

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