Sometimes when I talk to people about gamification, they find it interesting but don’t know how to apply it. It seems like they need a signification investment in infrastructure or planning…
I came across this relatively simple Facebook application that helps you apply some simple gamification techniques to your life. It is can be found at habitrpg.com.
This html based app helps you develop new habits, reinforce responsibilities you expect to do daily and address tasks in your to do list. It also lets you define rewards for yourself for completing these tasks. I can identify 4-5 small enhancements that would make this extremely useful. It will definitely give you a feel for applying gamification techniques into your life. Hopefully using it will give you some ideas on both how to apply gamification in a work environment as well as enable others to customize the experience to meet their personal goals.
This particular implementation is a going for Kickstarter funding, eventually it will be a commercial application with extrinsic rewards. Right now you can experiment for free.
It is important for most IT organizations to develop a feel for gamification, especially in the services space. Gartner has made two seemingly conflicting statements:
- · By 2014, 80% of current gamified applications will fail to meet business objectives due to poor design
- · 70% penetration of Gamification by 2014
So it is a good time to familiarize yourself today, even if it is with a fairly simple tool..