Using controlled experiments to calibrate computer models: The Airplane Game as a lean simulation exercise Conference Paper uri icon


  • Simulation games may be used to introduce lean principles to those who are considering implementing them. However, they can also function as controlled experiments against which to calibrate a computer model and they can even be adapted to serve as the gold standard of scientific experimentation, the randomized-controlled trial. Results generated from a live playing of the Airplane Game validate an EZStrobe computer-based simulation model representing one part of the game. Close alignment of results suggests that the computer model will likely be able to accurately predict outcomes from similarly structured, real life activities, such as those encountered in a design office or on a construction site.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rybkowski, Z. K., Wong, J. M., Ballard, G., & Tommelein, I. D.

publication date

  • December 2008