Insight Maker: Accelerating innovation and bigger thinking using open source simulation
Originally Presented: May 11, 2017 (OSCON, Austin, TX)
Simulation models are great tools for performing experiments and for employing systems-thinking principles to visualize and gain a deeper insight of how one area of a system impacts its other parts. Simulation and modeling tools are especially effective for understanding the root causes of a problem and for aligning stakeholders toward a consensus for action.
Kishau Rogers offers an in-depth review of how open source interactive simulation tools are being used to promote rapid learning, understand the structure and dynamics of complex systems, and solve problems. Using Insight Maker, Kishau highlights real-world simulation projects and their use of qualitative and quantitative data combined with systems thinking principles to model complex systems in industries such as health, technology, and business—scaling complex business operations, developing adaptive and intelligent applications, and evaluating the broader impact of service expansion.
- Functional specifications: Understand the requirements for getting started
- Types of models: Systems dynamics modeling versus agent-based modeling
- Model building: The impact of actors, events, inputs, and outputs
- Models versus truth: Verification and validation
- Designing, conducting, and analyzing experiments
- Reviewing, documenting, and sharing results
- Simulation case studies in the areas of healthcare, technology, interactive gaming, and business help desk operations