MarsLander: Service Simulation Game

General info

This is a one-day training course. Select the desired start date at the top right of the screen for practical information regarding the training (location, price, registration, etc.).

Course overview

In the 20th century, we used ITIL® to manage our services to bring the Apollo 13 mission to the moon and safely back to Earth again. Bringing a MarsLander to Mars requires a higher level of service delivery capability. Complex new systems and the need to respond quickly to unforeseen events as they unfold. To effectively manage the service delivery we need to be more Agile and Lean. Not only do we have to align different team capabilities to ensure software, hardware and services are in sync, but they must be able to manage new demands and changes rapidly, deploying quickly and safely. The ITIL® capabilities are still relevant, but must be more responsive to the demands for more rapid changes – the words Agile Service Management enter the conversation. 

But what does that mean? To fulfil all the demands of the customer, IT Teams must quickly respond to new business requests and deliver fast, reliable, safe, error free solutions. An error in space cannot be readily fixed by sending an on-site engineer. The way we need to work on the MarsLander mission is new. We are learning as we go. We need to be flexible; learn continuously and improve our services and capabilities to ensure that we are continually aligned with customer needs. At the same time we are more and more dependent upon an eco-system of partners and suppliers who must also be aligned and flexible to changing needs. We need to work in multifunctional teams to share knowledge, reduce handoffs, prevent mis-communication and ensure all are aligned to realising customer needs and to increase the flow of work.

Who should attend this training

The MarsLander business simulation game is specifically suitable for:

  • Employees of IT teams (Operations) who are looking for a good way to work in a more service-oriented way
  • IT managers and IT teams who want to implement serivce management frameworks such as ITIL® in a pragmatic and successful way
  • IT managers and team leaders who want to learn how to coach their teams to become high-performing teams
  • Development teams who want to experience how they can work with IT teams that are more operation-focused.
  • Employees who want to experience how to customize their roles when the organization implements Agile and Lean principles.
  • ITSM specialists who want to learn how to evolve into an Agile and Lean Service Management

Course Objectives

This simulation is about exploring and experiencing how you can transform your current IT organization into a more Agile and Lean organization. The following aspects will be experienced and discussed:

  • How can service teams help to create high performing teams?
  • How can we visualize our work while using KanBan?
  • How can we increase the flow of work?
  • How can we integrate vendors into our services?
  • How can we work closer together with development?
  • How can we continuously improve our services?
  • How can we become a flexible service organization that respond rapidly to changing demands?
  • How can we become more customer focused, and develop ‘customer thinking’ into our teams?
  • How can we manage workload effectively (end-to-end) and how can we reduce unplanned work?
  • How can we increase customer and employee satisfaction?


There are no mandatory prerequisites for this training.

Course Content

The mission of your team is clear: Launch a rocket with the MarsLander on board, bring it to Mars and collect valuable data for Universities and Research Centers. Your challenge is to support the Mission Center, helping ensure they are able to achieve all mission goals. The Mission Director is managing the Mission Center and leads a team consisting of Flight Operation, Navigation and communication experts. These specialists manage the flight plan of the mission in accordance with mission goals and contractual agreements with the customers and suppliers. 

The Mission Support Team consists of Support Engineers, Test Engineers and Change Management. They will resolve all issues that occur during the mission. The Development Team develops and maintains applications, features and application fixes. Vendors are supporting the Mission Support Team with data communication services and data storage services. The Service Manager will manage the Service Design, Service Delivery and Service Improvement.

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This training will be held in English unless all attendees speak Dutch.


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