Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers [NOOK Book]

Overview

Great things don't happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.

This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world's most ...

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Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

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Overview

Great things don't happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.

This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world's most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and make great things happen. This book is the result: a unique collection of games that encourage engagement and creativity while bringing more structure and clarity to the workplace. Find out why -- and how -- with Gamestorming.

  • Overcome conflict and increase engagement with team-oriented games
  • Improve collaboration and communication in cross-disciplinary teams with visual-thinking techniques
  • Improve understanding by role-playing customer and user experiences
  • Generate better ideas and more of them, faster than ever before
  • Shorten meetings and make them more productive
  • Simulate and explore complex systems, interactions, and dynamics
  • Identify a problem's root cause, and find the paths that point toward a solution
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449395902
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/14/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 293,765
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, XPLANE has grown to be the world's leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave's time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to educators, corporate clients and the public. He is also a founding member of VizThink, an international community of Visual Thinkers.

Sunni Brown, M.P.A., is Owner of BrightSpot Info Design, a company specializing in visual thinking to support organizational and group success. Sunni was trained in graphic facilitation at The Grove Consultants International, a San Francisco-based company that pioneered the use of visuals in meetings and group processes. She is currently an Associate of The Grove, a freelance consultant for XPlane - the visual thinking company - and an Associate of Alphachimp Studios. She is also co-Founder of VizThink Austin, currently the largest visual thinking community in the United States. Sunni presents regularly on the topics of graphic facilitation, graphic recording and visual thinking. She is also a contributing researcher for Nancy Duarte's upcoming book on storytelling and presentations. Sunni holds Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Linguistics and a Master's in Public Affairs from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs. She lives in Austin, TX.

James Macanufo: As a consultant at XPLANE, James helps large technology and government clients develop their vision, strategy and communication plans. He actively obsessed with understanding what things are, the way they work, and why they matter. He is also an active gamer and occasional inventor of card games.

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Table of Contents

; Dedication; Foreword; Preface; Chapter 1: What Is a Game?; 1.1 The Evolution of the Game World; 1.2 The Game of Business; 1.3 Fuzzy Goals; 1.4 Game Design; Chapter 2: 10 Essentials for Gamestorming; 2.1 1. Opening and Closing; 2.2 2. Fire Starting; 2.3 3. Artifacts; 2.4 4. Node Generation; 2.5 5. Meaningful Space; 2.6 6. Sketching and Model Making; 2.7 7. Randomness, Reversal, and Reframing; 2.8 8. Improvisation; 2.9 9. Selection; 2.10 10. Try Something New; Chapter 3: Core Gamestorming Skills; 3.1 Asking Questions; 3.2 Creating Artifacts and Meaningful Space; 3.3 Employing Visual Language; 3.4 Improvisation; 3.5 Practice; Chapter 4: Core Games; 4.1 The 7Ps Framework; 4.2 Affinity Map; 4.3 Bodystorming; 4.4 Card Sort; 4.5 Dot Voting; 4.6 Empathy Map; 4.7 Forced Ranking; 4.8 Post-Up; 4.9 Storyboard; 4.10 WhoDo; Chapter 5: Games for Opening; 5.1 3-12-3 Brainstorm; 5.2 The Anti-Problem; 5.3 Brainwriting; 5.4 Context Map; 5.5 Cover Story; 5.6 Draw the Problem; 5.7 Fishbowl; 5.8 Forced Analogy; 5.9 Graphic Jam; 5.10 Heuristic Ideation Technique; 5.11 History Map; 5.12 Image-ination; 5.13 Low-Tech Social Network; 5.14 Mission Impossible; 5.15 Object Brainstorm; 5.16 Pecha Kucha/Ignite; 5.17 Pie Chart Agenda; 5.18 Poster Session; 5.19 Pre-Mortem; 5.20 Show and Tell; 5.21 Show Me Your Values; 5.22 Stakeholder Analysis; 5.23 Spectrum Mapping; 5.24 Trading Cards; 5.25 Visual Agenda; 5.26 Welcome to My World; Chapter 6: Games for Exploring; 6.1 The 4Cs; 6.2 The 5 Whys; 6.3 Affinity Map; 6.4 Atomize; 6.5 The Blind Side; 6.6 Build the Checklist; 6.7 Business Model Canvas; 6.8 Button; 6.9 Campfire; 6.10 Challenge Cards; 6.11 Customer, Employee, Shareholder; 6.12 Design the Box; 6.13 Do, Redo & Undo; 6.14 Elevator Pitch; 6.15 Five-Fingered Consensus; 6.16 Flip It; 6.17 Force Field Analysis; 6.18 Give-and-Take Matrix; 6.19 Heart, Hand, Mind; 6.20 Help Me Understand; 6.21 Make a World; 6.22 Mood Board; 6.23 Open Space; 6.24 Pain-Gain Map; 6.25 The Pitch; 6.26 Product Pinocchio; 6.27 Post the Path; 6.28 RACI Matrix; 6.29 Red:Green Cards; 6.30 Speedboat; 6.31 SQUID; 6.32 Staple Yourself to Something; 6.33 SWOT Analysis; 6.34 Synesthesia; 6.35 Talking Chips; 6.36 Understanding Chain; 6.37 Value Mapping; 6.38 The Virtuous Cycle; 6.39 Visual Glossary; 6.40 Wizard of Oz; 6.41 The World Café; Chapter 7: Games for Closing; 7.1 $100 Test; 7.2 20/20 Vision; 7.3 Ethos, Logos, Pathos; 7.4 Graphic Gameplan; 7.5 Impact & Effort Matrix; 7.6 Memory Wall; 7.7 NUF Test; 7.8 Plus/Delta; 7.9 Prune the Future; 7.10 Start, Stop, Continue; 7.11 Who/What/When Matrix; Chapter 8: Putting Gamestorming to Work; 8.1 Imagine a World: The Betacup Story; 8.2 Game 1: Poster Session; 8.3 Game 2: Go for a Walk; 8.4 Game 3: Make Something Tangible; 8.5 Game 4: Bodystorming; 8.6 Gamestorming Results; Acknowledgements; Colophon;

Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, XPLANE has grown to be the world's leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave's time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to educators, corporate clients and the public. He is also a founding member of VizThink, an international community of Visual Thinkers.

Sunni Brown, M.P.A., is Owner of BrightSpot Info Design, a company specializing in visual thinking to support organizational and group success. Sunni was trained in graphic facilitation at The Grove Consultants International, a San Francisco-based company that pioneered the use of visuals in meetings and group processes. She is currently an Associate of The Grove, a freelance consultant for XPlane - the visual thinking company - and an Associate of Alphachimp Studios. She is also co-Founder of VizThink Austin, currently the largest visual thinking community in the United States. Sunni presents regularly on the topics of graphic facilitation, graphic recording and visual thinking. She is also a contributing researcher for Nancy Duarte's upcoming book on storytelling and presentations. Sunni holds Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Linguistics and a Master's in Public Affairs from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs. She lives in Austin, TX.

James Macanufo: As a consultant at XPLANE, James helps large technology and government clients develop their vision, strategy and communication plans. He actively obsessed with understanding what things are, the way they work, and why they matter. He is also an active gamer and occasional inventor of card games.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

    Are you a gamer or a game designer? If you are, then this book is for you. Authors Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how to embrace and understand gaming mechanics that can be applied to the workplace environment. Gray, Brown and Macanufo, begin by showing you how to break down gaming barriers and how they can be applied in the work place. Next, the authors help you identify gaming tools and techniques from a unique collection of games that help encourage engagement and creativity in the work place. Then, they show you how to overcome conflict and increase engagement with team-oriented games. Next, the authors help you make innovation and change happen in your organization. They continue by detailing games that engage organizations, both large and small, in learning and discovery. Then, the authors show you how to introduce gaming in software development. Next, they cover the core principals and benefits of games, how to design games, games for opening and games for exploring. The authors continue by encouraging the use of games for the purpose of generating ideas. Finally, they show you how to create one of the most valuable and applicable collection of tools and techniques for organizational design. This most excellent book provides the tools and real-world examples that you need to effectively analyze your information in order to facilitate decision making. The games outlined in this book, allows you to suspend the usual behavioral standards for a limited time, thus allowing creativity to surface!!

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