As a manager of a 20 member software engineering team, I would like to introduce some fun element at work. This is mostly to bring in a good team synergy, fun, motivation and cross communication in a team that is lacking all of these.
I myself was looking through Gamification videos like Speed Camera Lottery and was inspired to try something like this in my team. ie., rewarding positive behavior than constraining people with a lot of parameters to evaluate them.
What I would like to introduce is a system where I can kick-start this kind of awarding positive behavior by fun ways. For instance, I would initially start by awarding all engineers a seed fund of points, say 100 each and they have to spend and also earn points from others by helping, communicating, or motivating others.
For instance, as a simple case, a developer can send an email with a question to help him or her re-frame the question he is going to ask to customer, and is going set a value, ie., award 10 points to anyone who helps.
Help review this email that I am sending to customer about Dashboard feature. 10 points will be rewarded to the one who helps me with this. With regards, -O
I would like all of this to be exchanged within an email system but don't mind if its can be accomplished by an existing web solution. The important part is the fun element of exchanging the points and cashing it end of the month back to me to get some sort of gift or lunch coupon. I know the idea becomes a project in itself as all other cases need to be handled.
Has anyone introduced such a system in their workplace? What systems are used or anything close to what I would like to accomplish?
I might not be clear from a reader's point, so please feel free to ask me more information. Thanks in advance.