Before starting to set these properties it is important to carefully plan the effort based on actual needs. Practical tips are:
|•||Focus on certain parts of the whole process in order to be able to compare different combinations of values properly.|
|•||Consider creating a separate process model for simulation purposes, processes made for communicating usually do not have the right level of detail or may have logical inconsistencies.|
|•||Simplify parts that do not directly affect the problem area.|
|•||Plan how you get the execution times and resource needs for different activities.|
|•||If empirical data is missing for a certain activity, use common sense, as it usually provides adequate accuracy for the simulation.|
With proper planning a lot of work can be saved. In addition, it eases the analysis of simulation results, as the amount of result data is smaller.