Pacific Railroad simulation

You will try to manage the project on your own from the beginning to the end. Pacific Railroad is not regular training, but a real project! You will gain a non-transferable personal experience of working in a team.

Communication and teamwork


Intensive experience and experience gained

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What the course will bring you


During the Pacific Railroad simulation, you will experience various situations during the preparation and implementation of the project. Look forward to an experience that will help you understand and remember what is important for effective teamwork.

During the Pacific Railroad simulation you will:

  • find out which procedures in the preparation and implementation of the project are effective and which, on the contrary, are counterproductive;
  • know first-hand the dynamics of the development of the team;
  • learn the key principles and tools of project preparation and implementation;
  • get a unique intensive experience that will guarantee the effective transfer of acquired knowledge into practice;
  • realize that you always need to think not only about WHAT is being done, but also HOW it is being done, what is effective and what is not.

Pacific Railroad simulation

Course content

On May 10, 1869, one of the great projects of the 19th century, the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States, was completed by hammering a gold nail.

For the first time, this railroad connected the east and west coasts of the States and, on an unprecedented scale, enabled the transportation of people and goods across the continent using state-of-the-art technology. Much of the track is still in operation today.

In our game you have the opportunity to go back to this period – will you be a more capable builder, and you will complete the construction on time and budget, or will the project prove to be beyond your power and you will be swept away by fierce competition?

Pacific Railroad game

As a team, you will receive the task of President Abraham Lincoln to build the Pacific Railroad – the first US transcontinental railroad.

You will need to convince Congress of the usefulness of the project, set up a team, communicate effectively, address issues, risks, and change assignments. You will then be tasked with connecting the east and west coasts of the U.S. railroads within a limited time limit and within budget.

During the implementation you will deal with unexpected events, changes in the project, fluctuations in input prices, etc.

It will be up to you and your team to deal with all the pitfalls of the Wild West!



The following topics are mainly addressed:

  • Correct task definition
  • Kickoff – initial team setup
  • Effectiveness of teamwork
  • Self-organization
  • Retrospective and evaluation

At the end of the training, there is intensive feedback and lessons learned.


Jan Dolezal

Jan Dolezal

He currently deals primarily with agility in organizations, Management 3.0 and the development of simulation games serving as project management training, including Agile.

He previously held the position of project office manager and managed large international projects (Europe, South America).

He has experience mainly with projects from IT, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. He has been actively involved in project management since 2001. He is certified by PMI PMP, DASSM, IPMA B, SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Certified SCRUM Product Owner and Certified SCRUM Professional - ScrumMaster. Read more details here .

Jiri Kratky

Jiri Kratky

He deals with consulting in the development of project management in organizations, the creation and implementation of practical project management training, simulation games and preparation for international certifications.

He has been involved in project management since 2000. For a total of 6 years he worked in the management of the national association of project managers. He is the co-author of 2 books on project management.

It has PMI PMP, IPMA C certification, is a certified PRINCE2® Practitioner and an accredited PRINCE2® trainer and Certified SCRUM Master (CSM). Read more details here .

Course price: 290 €

The price is without VAT and for one participant.

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You can take the online version of the course from anywhere with a standard Internet connection.

We use the Microsoft Teams or Zoom environment, to which we invite you.

All other tools used, such as MURAL, do not need any installation on your device and everything takes place only in the browser.

For compatibility and performance reasons, you need to use Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

You will receive a workbook and any other materials suitable for printing in advance.

At the same time, you will receive an invitation to test the connection and the necessary online tools, as well as a contact to solve any problems.

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