Serious games

IF THE RULES DON’T WORK, CHANGE THEM!
We all play by the rules, in every aspect of our lives. At work, in the town hall meeting, in the classroom, even when we ask for help from a therapist, there are rules that govern the way we interact. If we’re not getting the results we want, it’s often time to change the rules.

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Serious games provide a fast, engaging, and effective way to change the rules long enough to get better results. Some common activities that serious games can help include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Bringing different parts of an organization into alignment about goals and methods

  • Bridging political divides

  • Understanding customers

  • Doing market research

  • Conveying lessons in a way that sticks

  • Prioritizing projects

  • Managing portfolios of products and services

  • Generating new ideas

  • Anticipating future opportunities and challenges

If you want more details about serious games, including the stories of people who have used them to overcome the challenges they face, visit the Serious Games At Work web site.

HOW WE HELP OUR CLIENTS
We use the following types of games to help our clients:

  • Innovation games. These light-weight games are powerful tools in a simple, easy to use package. These games can be ad hoc activities, used when needed, or a regular part of ongoing work.

  • Simulations. These games range from board games or card games to role-playing exercises, and often a combination of the two. Simulations give people the opportunity to test out new approaches, discover the things that are in their organization’s blind spot, and get a glimpse into possible futures.

 

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HOW IT FITS WITH THE REST OF WHAT WE DO
In software innovation, you often need to get creative to overcome some common obstacles. When trying to understand the customer, overcome poor team dynamics, or align groups across the software value stream, serious games often provide that creative alternative.

Software innovation methods and best practices also apply to serious games that are based in software. For game producers, we offer our services to build better games more efficiently.

Serious games are also a tool for organizational strategy. Whether you are generating new ideas or testing strategies, games are powerful, effective tools. Executives and managers are often the strongest advocates for serious games in an organization, because of their use in developing and testing strategy.

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