How Does DynamicVu Work?

How do you organize the information that you collect for your system dynamics modeling projects? Do you have a reliable way to find that key causal loop diagram and recall the source? How do you maintain a reliable chain of evidence? What if models, pictures, text, and other valuable data could be linked and searched by key words? What if your carefully collected source data was in a secure cloud-based repository making it easy to collaborate and share? All of this and more will be possible with DynamicVu software!

DynamicVu is designed to be your case study data management solution for system dynamic model building projects. Creating a useful simulation model requires capturing system elements in the words of its participants. Group model building scripts have been developed over the years to collect the key system elements of participants’ mental models. DynamicVu is designed to help you prepare for and collect this data. DynamicVu provides a way to organize and recall evidence when you are building and documenting your system dynamic models. Even the model revisions themselves can be included, documenting the evolution of understanding.

Participants

In DynamicVu, Participants are classified as Experts, the people who know the system best, as Facilitators, the consultants who are conducting the group model building effort, or as Sponsors, the people who are providing or supporting the resources required to complete the group model building project.

Sessions

A Session could be a formal meeting among Participants, or a ‘think-session’ of one person where modeling work is accomplished. Sessions can contain the Participants who contributed and the Artifacts that were produced. Sessions create an historical inference chain of what was discovered by whom and when.

Artifacts

The information items that are generated by participants through interviews, research, or other useful processes. Artifacts are classified as ‘Published’ (generally available), ‘Quote’ (said by a participant), ‘Media’ (any chart, graph, picture, video), or ‘Simulation’ (system dynamics model file).

Projects

Projects are used to organize separate customer engagements. Projects contain all of the database elements and describes the overall vision and goals. Sessions, Participants, and Artifacts are organized within the context of a Project. DynamicVu can be used to manage multiple Projects at the same time.

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