Using the Modeling Process
We described the basic attributes of a model first so that you can understand the desired outcome of the process. This section describes a process for creating a model to run a simulation. You should realize that modeling is actually a thought experiment, so the process is more important than the outcome. The trial-and-error nature of the process is where the learning occurs. The purpose of this section is to provide a process for building a model and understanding how to improve a model. The process described is as follows:
Define the goals.
Identify the initial process.
Determine process inputs and outputs.
Build the espoused process.
Compare process results with organizational results.