The 2010/02/25 at 15:45
Commerce International: What motivated CA to create PPM Hero Game?
Gregor Petri: “PPM Hero Game is an interactive online game, found on ppmhero.com, that allows players to test their knowledge in IT project and portfolio management. The game places each player in the position of project manager, asking them a series of questions in a race against the clock.”
How does it work?
G.P.: “We came up with about a hundred original questions that players must reply. Each player must handle a portfolio of projects by giving the correct answers to questions that pop up in the office. Every right answer increases the player’s budget and wins a few extra seconds for getting to the next level. But beware, players must also avoid meetings that lose time and eat up the budget. Participants can play as many times as they wish and register their results on the interactive PPM Hero leaderboard. By sharing their best scores, they can challenge their colleagues. It can be really funny in the context of an office event or a trade show.”
What pedagogical pluses can we expect from the game?
G.P.: “In the difficult economic context that companies are facing, project management is crucial for generating value. Thanks to PPM Hero Game, companies can better detect which employees are capable of leading strategic initiatives by managing the full complexity of their projects. Notably obstacles: endless requests, even contradictory ones, the dispersion of resources and budget limits… PPM Hero provides a very good simulation of the quick judgments that must be made in project management.”
Did you design this game to detect the top talents within your own company?
G.P.: “No. We designed PPM Hero for our clients. The truth is that in big companies, employees in different departments or services don’t work together enough. In certain cases, they never even meet. One of the aims of PPM Hero is to show that we can get a better grasp of complex problems by multi-disciplinary or inter-departmental work. When we get people from the same company to play together, they become more aware of this while having a good time! In fact, the game prepares them for the culture of change. Then, when a real situation presents itself, they will react intuitively in the right way. It’s like riding a bike: you learn how to ride without knowing exactly how to do it. And then one day, you manage to get your balance.”