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Process Simulation with Excel
Second Edition

ISBN:  0-13-107880-1

David Hartvigsen
Mendoza College of Business
University of Notre Dame
Prentice Hall 2004

Note: A 3rd Edition of SimQuick is now available.  Please go to

Quick overview:

SimQuick is an Excel spreadsheet (with some macros) that allows the user to model and simulate simple processes:

SimQuick requires no “installation.”  It’s just an Excel file.  If you have a PC (stand-alone or networked) with Excel 2003 or later (under any version of Windows), or a recent Mac version of Excel, then you can immediately use SimQuick.

SimQuick is accompanied by a 115 page booklet (shown above) that introduces the technique of process simulation through realistic examples and exercises that utilize SimQuick.

SimQuick is designed to be easy to learn and use: A wide variety of processes can be modeled after an hour of class time or independent reading.

SimQuick has been used by a number of companies and by at least 40 colleges and universities, typically as a supplement to an Operations Management or Decision Science course.

The SimQuick software with booklet currently costs about $20 per copy.

Excerpts from the booklet:




Table of Contents


A quick example of how SimQuick works


Read an article about SimQuick and how it works in

INFORMS Transactions on Education

SimQuick is discussed, in detail, in the following textbooks:

Operations Management, Processes and Supply Chains, 10th Edition by L.J. Krajewski, L.P. Ritzman, and M.K. Malhotra; Prentice Hall, 2013.

Successful Service Operations Management, 2nd Edition by R. Metters, K. King-Metters, M. Pullman, and S. Walton; Thomson, South-Western, 2006.

Statistics, Data Analysis, & Decision Modeling, 5th Edition by J.R. Evans; Prentice Hall, 2013.

Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management, 2nd Edition by C.C. Bozarth and R.B. Handfield; Prentice Hall, 2008

Advanced Decision Support Tools by C.C. Bozarth; Prentice Hall, 2006.


SimQuick was reviewed in Interfaces, Vol 32, No. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2002 by J.K. Visich:

"... as a pedagogical tool for introducing the basics of simulation, SimQuick is an outstanding workbook and software package.  A student with a basic understanding of Excel should be able to build and analyze simulation models with little to no help from the instructor."


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Examples of SimQuick Projects Based on Real-world Processes (done by students)

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