Gamification is the key to project manager recertification programs

Monday, June 17th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

What must a project manager be to succeed?

Project managers must be agile and adaptable. They need to solve problems and always be willing to expand their knowledge base.

How will a project manager learn these skills?

There are myriad project management training programs, depending on how much one is willing to spend. And there is the Project Management Institute's (PMI®) three-year recertification program, which lays out certain requirements for PMP® certification. But there is also a better option. 

New Leaf Project Management offers its own course that prepares project managers to earn their PMP® certification in a unique, yet effective way—with a series of games.

Why games?

Gamification—a term that refers to the use of game-like mechanics in different settings—uses our natural desire for competition, achievement and reward, and channels that into different tasks so that they are more rewarding.

"Games are immersive, addictive, simulate real world situations, and effective for learning," wrote Silicon Hills News in a recent interview with Jeff Johannigman, a former game designer who now works at General Motors. Johannigman insists that games are the way to teach leadership and decision making skills.

Project managers can earn 44 possible PDUs by playing New Leaf's games, which are equivalent to 44 hours of time spent in a course. Known as QPM™, these activities allow users to master a number of fundamental skills that will allow them to stay on top of their game as project managers. What's more, these games can be played on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, offering users portability that no other course can.

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