Game mechanics can be applied to the discipline of project management, both as a motivational and training aid. By making project work more enjoyable through real-time recognition and rewards, gamification can also improve team productivity and individual performance.
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It sounds like a success story ripped from the latest headlines: "Video Game Freak Turns Hobby Into a Career." Read about a high-ranking project manager employed by one of the most famous video game companies in the world.
To view video games as possessing only entertainment value is short-sighted and without merit. Today's massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) impart social and innovative learning techniques for individuals and groups on a global scale--and to project management's benefit. This article discusses how MMORPGs bring project management lessons to life. In doing so, it examines how MMORPGs teach players emotional intelligence (EI) competencies, such as self-confidence, empathy, trustworthiness and communication. It then uses the "World of Warcraft" (WoW) collaborative wiki as an example to show the benefits for project professionals. The article examines the parallel between WoW, project management teams and EI: the need for collaborative engagement. It concludes by looking at communication, one of the most important EI competencies, and shows how communication plays a role in WoW and project planning.
The use of sports terminology and analogies is often overdone in the workplace, but applied in the right context they can inspire and illustrate how to get things done as a team. Here are eight areas where linking the worlds of sports and project management might help your next project.
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How two interactivive games help Agile coach Portia Tung explain theory, principles and common pitfalls, from defining project goals to removing constraints.
• Explain the concept of gamification, how it was developed and the various ways it is deployed today • Depict the concept of simulation as an aid to bring awareness about attitudes have towards cultural diversity • Describe how gamification can be deployed enhance awareness in projects • List the Project Management concepts that might be covered in such an approach • Solicit feedback to the viability of this concept from the participants of the webinar
By providing feedback and recognition, gamification can motivate team members, encourage engagement and boost productivity. By emphasizing collaboration over competition, games can also help teams become better at communicating, solving problems and meeting goals together.
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