Gamification introduces achievements to Visual Studio developers

People enjoy accomplishing tasks. Even little milestones can be enough positive reinforcement that it motivates a person to keep going. This psychology is the reason behind so many achievements baked into modern games and game systems. Today, the Official Microsoft Blog announced that developers can also get in on the action of earning achievements and unlocking badges through a plug-in for Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Achievements, a Visual Studio plug-in, enables developers to unlock badges and compete against one another for a place on a leader board based on the code they write, its level of sophistication, and the Visual Studio capabilities they use to do so. Developers finally have the ability to actually show their friends, colleagues, project managers, spouses and customers how good they are at what they do all day and sometimes into the night.

Can innovation be successfully gamified to improve developer motivation, morale, and satisfaction? Can these achievements be an agreeable metric to allow developers and managers to test and understand programming skill levels?

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | January 18, 2012  |  No Comment

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