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How to combine Agile with Gamification: write better User Stories

Agile is about being fast and flexible at delivering value, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care too much about writing User Stories. The description you’ll add to them should not only enable communication and constructive feedback, but also motivate your team.  Within this article I’ll try to expose what are the common pitfalls while writing a User Story, and how game designers have understood this before companies so you can apply gamification techniques to it.

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A gamification experiment with SonarQube

Some time ago I finished a gamification MOOC by Coursera and then I decided to put it into practice in my current job since I found it really interesting. I set up a game in which the more Sonar issues you resolve, the more points you get, and you can rank in a leaderboard and obtain badges.

In this post, I’d like to share with you the results of this experiment, how people were the key to success by resolving many potential bugs and reducing our technical debt.

Update: code is now on github.

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