Selecting Run Preferences
Now that we have covered the basics of setting up a Crystal Ball model and using its forecasts to help you make decisions, we take a closer look at the options available through the Run Preferences menu to control the execution of your simulation models.
Figure 6.1 shows the Trials tab of the Run Preferences dialog box. A Crystal Ball trial is the process of generating random variates from the stochastic assumptions you have defined for your model, evaluating the formulas that depend on these values, then calculating and storing the forecast values.
When you click the Run button, Crystal Ball begins executing the steps depicted in Figure 6.2. The actions taken by Crystal Ball at each step are described here: