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Actionable Gamification - Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards Paperback – May 13, 2015
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"Yu-kai is at the cutting edge of the field of behavior design."
"I've been following Yu-kai's work on gamification for years and have enjoyed his deep insights and actionable recommendations. Octalysis is a powerful and pragmatic framework to understand human nature and positive motivators that encourage people to do their best work. It's great that Yu-kai was able to capture his thoughts into this framework and can share it with others through this book. It should be required reading for anyone building, managing, or collaborating with a team, community, or ecosystem."
About the Author
Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification. He is the Original Creator of the gamification framework: Octalysis, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. He is the Founder of The Octalysis Group and has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification worldwide, including at organizations like Google, Stanford University, LEGO, TEDx, SxSW, Gamified India, Huawei, the Innovation Center in Denmark, Kingdom of Bahrain, and many more.
Yu-kai was one of the earliest pioneers in Gamification, starting his work in the industry in 2003. In 2015, Yu-kai was rated #1 among the "Gamification Gurus Power 100" by RISE, and was also awarded "Gamification Guru of the Year Award" for both 2014 and 2015 by the World Gamification Congress based in Europe. He has helped a variety of companies, from seed stage startups to Fortune 500 companies such as LEGO, Accenture, eBay, Huawei, Fidelity, AIG Japan, Verizon, HP, Ericsson, Cisco, Wells Fargo, and more. His work has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The World Journal, Business Insider, PBS, and many more.
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I am an educator who wanted to try to revitalize his classroom. I had bought a few books about gamification, and "Actionable Gamification" stood out fast and far. The other books I got were vague and not helpful. Chou's book gives evidence, cites sources, and lists tangible ways to gamify any project you might be working on. It reads like a how-to manual, rather than some worthlessly optimistic, airy theoretical text.
Chou begins by explaining that there are 8 useful motivating forces, or reasons anyone does anything at all; which Chou calls "Core Drives." Each chapter after this point focuses specifically on one of these forces, how you can use them to your advantage in your projects, and how, if abused, they can be a detriment to your project. He then lists several techniques for that core drive, wraps up the chapter with a thought exercise and a tie in to his website, and moves on to the next core drive.
The book is incredibly easy to understand, well paced, and fun to read. I am excited to use what I learned in this book to go make lesson plans. :)
I found it pretty difficult to internalize the meaning and the effects of the core drives, especially when combined. Probably because I didn't do all the exercises at the end of the chapters, which are destined to make you understand the concepts by applying them to your own problems and experience.
It's good to have the book close by as a reference so you can go back to different chapters whenever you need to refresh terms or ideas. An index would've served very well for this, unfortunately, at least in the Kindle version, the book doesn't have one.
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