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Creating Simulations in Excel: Basic (CBT and Optional Live Workshop)

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Simulations have been shown to measurably improve estimates, but many decision models currently lack this critical element. Learn how to create simulations in native Microsoft Excel that can lead to better decisions in any field.  This course includes self-paced Computer-Based Training (CBT) with online review questions as well as an Optional Live Workshop.  Participants will be given useful spreadsheet templates to apply to practical hands-on coursework.

Within 24 hours of course registration, you will receive a WordPress email confirming your enrollment in the CBT modules. Once in the course you can select the Optional Live Workshop time that fits your schedule.

The Q4 Optional Live Workshop times each month are: First Tuesday 10:00 am US Central time, Second Thursday 5:00 pm US Central time and Third Monday 3:00 pm US Central time. Each session is open for one hour.

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What's the chance that a project will lose money or be cancelled? What's the most likely return on investment for a given investment? How likely is a particular risk or set of risks to happen - and how severe could their impacts be?  This course provides a combination of online self-paced training material, a live workshop and useful spreadsheet templates for practical hands-on examples.

Running simulations has been shown to measurably improve estimates in uncertain decisions, but how can you run a simulation without complicated software requiring advanced training? This webinar teaches participants how to build a powerful tool - a Monte Carlo simulation that calculates thousands of scenarios - using only Microsoft Excel, with no additional training or software required.  Not even coding in Visual Basic for Excel, user-defined functions or new Excel add-ons are needed. We only need native Excel using features that are already installed.

You'll learn how to use these features to:

  • learn the advantages of using a MC simulation;

  • represent uncertainty for a wide variety of variables using existing functions in Excel;

  • use a flexible new pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) that generates large sets of random numbers for better auditable flexibility and standardization than current methods;

  • use key features of Excel to run thousands of scenarios in a streamlined and compact manner;and

  • chart the output of the simulation in useful graphs to provide actionable insight for decision-makers.

Participants will also gain access to Excel templates that contain probability distributions, the PRNG, and other pre-built tools to get you started.

After attending Basic Simulations in Excel, you’ll have the ability to create an Excel simulation to help you answer critical questions like the ones above - and more.

Why You Need Simulations In Your Decision Models

What keeps every decision from being a great one is the fact that for every decision, there exists a range of uncertain future results, some of which will be a quantified loss. To calculate risk, we need a way to calculate thousands of the possible scenarios and outcomes that could happen to find out which are most likely.

Enter the Monte Carlo simulation. Born out of the Manhattan Project, the Monte Carlo simulation uses randomly-calculated values to run thousands of scenarios and calculate the most likely outcomes. Studies have shown how the use of a Monte Carlo simulation tool can measurably improve forecasts in everything from NASA unmanned space probe mission risk to the financial performance of oil exploration firms.

Simply put, the the Monte Carlo simulation is one of the best quantitative analysis tools we have available - and adopting it to make better decisions is one of the best decisions one can make.

Scheduling and Deliverables
CBT Modules: Each participant will receive an email from WordPress with the information to complete the self-paced online training.
Optional Live Workshop: Separate emails will be sent 1 day prior to the session you choose containing the Webex invite. Just click on the link to join the Webex on the scheduled day.
Following your Optional Live Workshop session, each participant will receive another email with:
  1. A recording link to the session
  2. Continued access to the self-paced online training

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Additional information

Creating Simulations in Excel: Basic

Open Live Workshop selection is made in CBT course.

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