More than a Game
Video games and the office don't generally mix. After all, employers want fewer distractions. But increasingly, organizations are leveraging the entertainment value of games to create custom training tools that both engage and teach project professionals. This article discusses a new wave of project management simulators that take their cue from video games. In doing so, it overviews how IBM uses gamification strategies, which helps the company's 400,000 employees connect and stay engaged. It then details how Sharkworld uses interactive storytelling, real actors and video using strong characters to relate project work. The article then examines how PM Game helps new project managers gain experience by using the game to test the knowledge of project managers to ensure they are a good fit for their organization. In addition, it identifies some keys to engagement.