Principles of Simulation Exercises

Course Description

Principles of Simulation Exercises is a one-day training course that covers the fundamentals of the exercise program, characteristics of simulation exercises, and provides a framework on how to develop, deliver, and evaluate simulation exercises.

Upon completion of the training you will know:


The fundamentals of an effective exercise program
The difference between the types of exercises
How to develop exercise objectives
How to create a scenario based on exercise objectives
How to prepare the rest of the exercise (logistics and scheduling)
How to facilitate an exercise
How to evaluate an exercise
The importance of post exercise activities (lessons-to-be-learned)


Morning Session

The morning session will cover the components of creating, delivering and evaluating an exercise program, and customized simulation exercises.

The Exercise Program

  • Fundamentals
  • Characteristics of Effective Programs

Exercise Types

Objectives and Criteria

Scenario Development

  • The Storyline
  • What’s a MSEL?
  • Exercise Flow

Roles & Responsibilities

Game Day!

The Hot Wash

Evaluating the Exercise


Afternoon Session

During the afternoon, our crisis simulation exercise specialists will guide you in hands-on creation of and planning and developing an exercise for a fictional company.


In addition to the training, you will receive an exercise planning workbook that will help you effectively develop and deliver exercises for your organization.


Robert Burton

Robert Burton

Managing Director

Rob is a Principal at The International Crisis Management Conference and PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 30 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. Rob has facilitated hundreds of training courses and simulation exercises throughout his military and civilian careers. During his career Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Leanne Metz

Leanne Metz


Leanne has more than 30 years of corporate experience in multinational organization.    She has developed and led training in the areas of project management, enterprise risk, business continuity and crisis management.  She has conducted Business Continuity and Crisis Management training to nearly 700 participants throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

In 2012 she began developing and implementing a global Business Continuity and Crisis Management program for Mead Johnson Nutrition after they were separated from Bristol-Myers Squibb into a publicly traded organization.   Due to the success of the program, Leanne was named the 2014 North America Business Continuity Newcomer of the year by the Business Continuity Institute.

In 2017, Leanne joined PreparedEx as a Business Continuity and Resilience Consultant and continues to increase organizational preparedness across multiple industries.

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