You get paid for that? Is it possible to have fun in a large corporate setting? Can joy be brought into the workplace? For the last few years we have been conducting an informal social experiment utilizing gamification (before we knew what it was) in our corporate training modules to encourage participation, engagement and enjoyment. Along the way we discovered that what we were doing was not only an effective training method, but also had a name: arbejdsglaede. Arbejdsglaede is a Scandinavian term for happiness at work. Happiness leads to greater productivity, health, creativity and success at work. While the results of our "experiment" exceeded our expectations, there were also failures and obstacles along the way which impeded our progress. This presentation features some of our favorite stories from the journey and highlights and illustrates the transferable techniques we have utilized over the last five years in Boeing IT as well as new approach to Agile metrics we are piloting in 2014.
Process Analyst, Boeing
Ryan has been involved in the Information Technology field since the early 1980s and has worked for The Boeing Company since 1989. He has held a number of positions including: Lean/Agile Process Consultant, SEI/CMMI Process Architect and Project Manager, Sr. Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Code Auditor, Programmer and Analyst. He has led the charge against the forces of entropy within Boeing by co-developing an Agile Adaptation of the Boeing IT's software development process and training software development teams in Lean and Agile approaches. Along the way he developed a novel approach to gamify these training classes which has proven to be both popular and effective. Ryan received a formal Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University in 1985 and has been continuing his education in less formal ways since that time.