‘Managing the Mess’
Training Simulation on
Navigating Complex Operational Environments


Conflict Analysis Training Simulation

‘Managing the Mess’ provides powerful experiential learning in form of an engaging, authentic simulation.
In a hands-on approach players develop the analytical ability to make sense of dynamic developments in complex operational environments such as conflict and emerging economies. These analytical skills are basis for effective planning for uncertainty and for high-quality decision making needed to steer projects to success in fragile, rapidly changing environment.

Single Player – Download – Windows PC – English


About the Game

In 'Managing the Mess' players learn to use field-tested analytical tools developed by and for those responsible for managing projects in conflict areas.
The game enables future project leaders, teams and consultants to make better decisions in planning and project implementation.

'Managing the Mess' focuses on experiential learning, an in-the-field and learning on the job experience instead of providing extensive lectures and inputs. Players engage with a dynamically evolving situation. Their learning experience can be applied to any situation where they are challenged to make good decisions under complex, dynamic and fast-paced conditions.

That is why 'Managing the Mess' is not only a great programme for professionals in the development sector but also for business managers and other key decision makers.

The Training Curriculum & Key Learning Content

The Training provides an introduction to Conflict Analysis in a hands-on, situational way.

It trains awareness, sense making and analytical thinking for anyone deployed in complex operational environments, be it in conflict, development work or international business.

For Whom is this Game?

For students and junior professionals in conflict and development work with basic knowledge of Conflict Analysis
For experienced professionals new to Conflict Analysis

For private and public sector professionals and for business managers who look for new methodologies to make sense of complex operational environments and to enhance effectiveness of strategic planning

The Origins of 'Conflict Analysis'

The conceptual framework and methodologies of Conflict Analysis have been developed by practitioners in the field of conflict intervention, peacebuilding and development.

Their practical work has been backed up and substantiated by research all over the world.

Conflict Analysis is taught as a key skill set in university programmes and professional training. It has become a critical part of preparing professionals for challenging assignments in fragile, complex or conflict affected environments.


Evaluation of the Warwick MBA Class of 2016 Warwick Business School

'This game was a challenging and authentic case study that gave a real taste of the messy reality of working internationally. It was a great experience and a great way of learning. Can we have one for marketing as well? And for economics? Basically for every subject...?'

A Glimpse into the Game

We will soon add a video of 'Managing the Mess' here


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Additional information

How to Access the Game?

You will receive a download link and license key in a separate email from your purchase confirmation email. For some of our games we still do this manually hence it may take up to 24 hours to arrive.
Once you received your access email, download and install the game and use your license key to register and set up an account.




Microsoft PC with Windows XP or higher

License Expiration

Your license expires 12 months after purchase.
To request a longer licensing time please contact our customer service.