This blog has been quiet over recent weeks as much of our energy has been focused on our HELM research and development programme. The initial focus of HELM was to assess the viability of industrialising a broader approach to game science than current gamification efforts. Bolstered by positive results and the winning of innovation awards funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , this will become an increasing focus.
As the overwhelming majority of our thinking will be focused in this space we will be concentrating our efforts on the gamescienceforbusiness.com blog we hope to see you there.
It frequently surprises me how the focus in technical job interviews is solely on existing capabilities and skills. Clearly the technical capabilities to do the job are critical, but often there is little or no focus on the ability or motivation to maintain technical competence which is key in a rapidly changing industry. A discussion of a CV and the different skills developed over the years can shed some light but even that doesn’t tell you the full picture.
One way to gain additional insight is to ask a more specific version of the old interview chestnut ‘tell me about the last book you read..’. When asked in this fashion in can be an exercise in cod psychoanalysis if you are not careful.However, if you ask the question ‘tell me about the last technical book you read or looked at’ it can provide some insight. At the risk of generalising, people read books because they are intrinsically motivated to do so unlike attending training or doing certifications where often (but not always) there are extrinsic motivations in play.If your interviewee reads around their subject or industry there’s a higher chance they are intrinsically motivated by the subject. If that’s the case, there’s an increased chance that they will perform well over a period of time, there is a raft of evidence illustrating the performance value of intrinsic v. extrinsic motivation. It also tells you something about their attitude towards developing new skills which has an impact both in terms of the cost and effectiveness of sustaining their capabilities as the environment evolves.
During 2014, Applio will be devoting significant investment and energy into research and development of new products to support it’s capability development services. With partners from academia, the interactive entertainment industries and human capital consultancy we are developing a new class of learning technology designed to address some of the most challenging issues facing organisations today.
Watch this space for more news !
A few months back, the TSO published a white paper entitled Agile & The Best Practice Management Framework within the Public Sector (which is still available on the Axelos website). Whilst one could be cynical about some of it’s direction e.g the choice of DSDM as an example model, it provided a useful entry point to the debate and challenge. However it omitted to address two key things:
- The commercial & contractual implications of agile approaches in the public sector and how best to address the challenges
- The scale and nature of the education, or more accurately engagement, challenges across a wide variety of stakeholders within the public sector
Applio’s view is that addressing these issues will be key enablers to the effective implementation of agile approaches in a way that address the needs of the public sector. This dialogue is already underway in both the US and the UK but there is much work to be done. One area of potential interest is the fact that Axelos’ parent company Capita is a major supplier into the public sector – so there we have an ideal opportunity for cross fertilisation and development of agile working practices to deliver greater value to the public sector. It will be interesting to see how it pans out.