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Gamification in HR Summit

May 10, 2015

I spent the early part of last week in Vienna attending and speaking at the Gamification in HR Summit. My slide deck can be found on slideshare. It was an interesting experience for the two days that I spent at Vienna, meeting gamification experts from multiple organizations.

The theme seemed to be strangely similar – each one spent their initial time within their organization fighting against odds to convince their Management to invest in the concept of gamification. Their journey and struggles in the process struck a common chord with all participants. Hopefully, going forward, gamification will have a better say in every organization.

While the implementation changed from strategic games to specific solutions for groups, Gamification is here to stay. The gamification initiatives can be divided into three categories:

  1. External-focused – Initiatives for end-customers e.g. loyalty awards, customer support sites like that of Best Buy.
  2. Internal-strategic – Initiatives like the one presented by Maarten Molenaar of Rabobank.
  3. Internal-specific – Initiatives like the one presented by Guido Helmerhorst for KLM’s Onboarding process and Anthony Scarpino of Sodexo. The key message here was that Gamification was not about ‘gamification’.

The talks and conversations during the presentation were impressive given the stature of the speakers, providing all of us enough ammunition for new ideas. I am looking forward to the next year’s summit already!


Agile “Plus”

September 19, 2011

Agile methodologies typically talk about using communication tools that help the development teams collaborate and communicate in a better way. Google Talk, Skype and other tools were used all these days to improve distributed Agile development.

Enter Google Wave. One thought that Google had come up with a killer feature by which distributed development could be done. But, Google moved in to shut down Google Wave (even though it was promised to be open-sourced). Waves continue to exist till 2011-end but Apache Wave is in existence (though at a primitive level).

Enter Google Plus. This has all the features that I think are essential for Agile development across the globe. The Groups are great to have – one can easily create lists of developers that you want to share information with. The next killer-feature according to me is the Hangout. Multi-user video calling feature from Google which will ensure that one does not have to leave the browser at all. No need to have one tool for conferencing and another for wiki-like conversations – a wonderful all-in-one tool from the greatest Agile company across the globe!

With all these tools adding up to a great combo, I feel that it is Agile ‘Plus’ for all development teams. What do you think?

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