TRB Webinar: Strategic War Games

July 26, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
0.00 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 1.50 hour(s)
CLE: 0.00 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, July 26, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that describes the inaugural Strategic War Game session at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting. War games are fast-paced simulations involving teams that represent a market or customer, a set of competitors, and a series of other uncontrollable factors or entities. At this year’s TRB Annual Meeting, eight teams worked in an interactive environment to develop pitches for how technology, public policy, and market forces could align to achieve the greatest societal benefits. Judges from across the transportation industry evaluated the pitches based on their energy outcomes, equity, land use, and safety.  Because organizers often pair the war game process with scenario planning for stronger results, the Strategic War Game session built upon the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Foresight 750 Series, which utilized a comprehensive scenario planning exercise.

This webinar will discuss the war game’s goals, its development, and the events during the TRB Annual Meeting session.  The presenters will also describe how attendees can participate in the next war game at the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Strategic Management.

Some registrants will need to pay $95 to attend this webinar.  Sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Julie Lorenz, Burns & McDonnell
  • Tim Smith, Aurora WDC
  • Jim Brogan, Cambridge Systematics
  • Bruce Smith, Apperson Crump

Moderated by:  Julie Lorenz, Burns & McDonnell

Webinar Outline

  1. War Game goals
    • New way for transportation officials to consider change
    • "Real world" approach to decision-making
  2. Developing the War Game
    • Selecting topics
    • Selecting teams
    • Establishing scoring approach
  3. Conducting the War Game
    • Limited advance work for teams
    • Developing a winning pitch
    • “Curve balls” administered during the session
  4. Lessons learned from the winning team, crowd favorite, and curve ball judge  
  5. How to participate in planning or competing in the 2019 games
  6. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions. The Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) categorizes this webinar activity as relating to health, safety, and welfare including core technical.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new ways and approaches to solve the disruptions that face the transportation industry
  • Describe the positive and negative impacts of such disruptions

American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance Credits

This webinar is approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits.  Please make sure that you register for this session and log-in using the link that TRB provides to your email account. We use this as your record that you attended this session. TRB only maintains the records of attendees who use their email address to log into the webinar, and cannot verify attendance of individuals who view the webinar without personally logging into the session.

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