Saturday, March 10, 2007

What are Productivity Games?

Productivity games, as a sub-category of Serious Games, are games and competition used to make real work happen.

Examples include McDonald's Billions Served, # days accident free signs on a construction site, etc.

There are three components of productivity

  • Effectiveness. the ability to produce a desired result
  • Efficiency. more useful output per unit of input – less waste
  • Reliability. the ability to repeat a task with the same result or goal

Each can all be addressed and influenced by game play and competition.

These games don't have to be based on a fancy UI or dramatic game design.

A simple game of H_O_R_S_E among dock workers lifting boxes - get a letter for losing a "unload-the-truck" competition - can provide a boost in morale and productivity.