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Are Gamification Projects Different? An Exploratory Study on Software Project Risks for Gamified Health Behavior Change Support Systems

Warsinsky, Simon; Schmidt-Kraepelin, Manuel; Thiebes, Scott ORCID iD icon; Sunyaev, Ali


Gamification is increasingly utilized in information systems to afford positive experiences that are typically perceived from playing games. Despite potential benefits, gamification projects have shown to be prone for failure which may lead to severe harmful effects for its users. In traditional software projects, project managers try to mitigate failure through project risk management. However, gamification projects bring with them several differences in comparison to traditional software projects and it is unclear how extant knowledge may be transferred. We address this issue by conducting ten semi-structured interviews with experts involved in the development of gamified health behavior change support systems. Our results indicate that gamification has substantial impacts on various risk factors. We contribute to gamification and project management literature as we are among the first who conceptualize gamification projects as special software projects with different project risk factors.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000125119/pub
Veröffentlicht am 09.07.2021
Preprint §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000125119
Veröffentlicht am 23.11.2020
DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2021.159
Zitationen: 4
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-0-9981331-4-0
KITopen-ID: 1000125119
Erschienen in Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2021
Veranstaltung 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2021), Online, 05.01.2021 – 08.01.2021
Verlag University of Hawai'i at Manoa / Hamilton Library
Seiten 1305-1314
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