Author Archives: Sarah Grant

We all play by the rules of work.  Who gets to speak first in the meeting? How do you communicate with your customers or constituents?  How do we prioritize tasks?  What makes a new idea worth pursuing? The answers to these … Continue reading

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Product Box

Players start with a blank box (it can be a a cereal box covered with plain paper), and a set  of markers. The object of the game is to summarize the traits of a product or service,  such as what … Continue reading

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Knowsy

Knowsy is a simple game that tests how well the players know each other. One of the players picks a topic, such as movies, and then secretly arranges, in order of his or her preference, the items presented (to continue … Continue reading

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Prune The Product Tree

Prune The Product Tree depicts product features as leaves or fruit on a tree. Players move features closer to the trunk if they are more important, or towards the outer branches if they are more peripheral. Players also cluster features … Continue reading

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Buy A Feature

Buy A Feature takes work items — planned features in a software product, projects on which a team might work, etc. — and presents them as a list of items available for purchase. The cost of the items represents their actual cost, the … Continue reading

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Budget Hero

Although the federal budget is the hottest topic in American politics, the details of the budget are not well known in the voting public. How big are specific line items, such as Social Security or foreign aid? What line items … Continue reading

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X-Plane

Business problem: Education Serious games used: X-Plane X-Plane is a good example of a computer simulation created as a training tool. Players can fly simulated versions of over 1,400 types of prop-driven and jet aircraft, as well as helicopters, through … Continue reading

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University of Washington

Business problem:  Ideation Serious game used:  Foldit (a game created by a University of Washington research team). Summary: A team of researchers wanted to unlock the problem of protein folding (how do our bodies build proteins). Instead of posing this question … Continue reading

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EFI

Business problem: Insights Serious games used: Product Box EFI is in the printing business, producing both the hardware and software needed to print and manage documents. With multiple product lines sold across international markets, product development teams have a lot … Continue reading

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IBM CityOne

Business problem:  Communication Serious game used:  IBM CityOne Summary:  IBM needed a way to convey the choices that city planners face, such as improving water quality without drastically increasing costs. In the process, IBM would position itself as a thought leader … Continue reading

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