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Find your next innovation through Gamestorming

Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: Game Storming.

Join Boston PHP and author David Gray as we teach you the concepts of Game Storming, and how you can apply it to your projects and your team.

  • Overcome conflict and increase engagement with team-oriented games
  • Improve collaboration and communication in cross-disciplinary teams with visual-thinking techniques
  • Improve understanding by role-playing customer and user experiences
  • Generate better ideas and more of them, faster than ever before
  • Shorten meetings and make them more productive
  • Simulate and explore complex systems, interactions, and dynamics
  • Identify a problem’s root cause, and find the paths that point toward a solution

This will be a fun filled hands-on event that will really spark your creative energy. If you want to drive more successful, customer-focused innovations into your products and services, then this is for you.

It doesn't matter who you are, everyone will benefit. If you've loved our event on Agile, Design, and have an entrepreneurial spirit, then this is for you. R&D managers, CTOs, development leaders, marketers, and senior business executives are all welcome.

Watch this video for a great intro into Gamestorming that was recently held at UX Week 2010.

6:00 - 6:30 : Doors open, socializing, Food 
6:30 - 6:45 : Announcements 
6:45 - 9:30 : Presentation 
9:30 - ???? : Beers somewhere?

Follow us on Twitter for the event: #gamestorming

About the presenter
Dave Gray is the Founder of XPLANE, the visual thinking company, and a Partner in the Dachis Group, a social business consultancy. Dave’s time is spent researching, sketching and writing on innovation, design, systems thinking, and creativity in business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to educators, corporate clients and the public. 

His latest book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers details more than 80 tools and techniques used by the world’s leading innovators.

Buy the Book, get it signed at the event!
You can buy the book and support Boston PHP by buying it directly from our own bookstore. We have both hard copy and eBook versions available. Get the book here.

Our Sponsor
This event is being made possible by a generous donation and sponsorship from Above The Fold Design. They are a Boston based company providing businesses and developers with user experience consulting and user interface designs that are intuitive, evocative and results-oriented. 

Spread the word
Our hashtag is #bostonphp and #gamestorming. The short url to this event is

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  • Heather O.

    Read ATF's write up of the event

    We'd love any comments on how people are now using Gamestorming in their jobs! :)

    June 9, 2011

  • Michael B.

    We just posted the video from this event here:

    June 8, 2011

  • Michael B.

    Great article on BostInnovation from this event:

    June 3, 2011

  • Michael B.

    I just posted the slides from this event here:

    May 29, 2011

  • Bobby C.

    Awesome presentation, awesome people and awesome ideas are prime ingredients for an awesome event. Funny thing is when our group came up with an abstract for what we would like the future Boston PHP to be like, it turned out to be a more technical version of the event we were already at. Great job by Dave and the folks at Above the Fold for helping us organize an epic event!

    May 27, 2011

  • Tom D.

    Fun and enlightening session.
    A particular takeaway that I plan to act on is the effective use of infographic frameworks (pathway, mindmap, A-B comparison, etc) in future communications.

    May 26, 2011

  • Cliff L.

    High energy and entertaining. Great hands on practice!

    May 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good introduction to the concept. Now, just need to try it out in the real workplace.

    May 26, 2011

  • Andreas L.

    It has been my first meetup with Boston PHPO and will definitely not be the last one. The presentation was very vivid and inspiring. I will try to implement the techniques and concepts as presented and also I am looking forward to share my experiences.

    May 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great experience - I am excited to look up more 'games' for internal company sessions. We have a lot of fuzzy goals...

    May 26, 2011

  • Laura G.

    I think the games are valuable tools but I found that the presentation was way to long and David lost me long before we actually got to play any of the games. I think the techniques can speak for themselves and don't need such a lengthy introduction.

    May 26, 2011

  • Jamie F.

    The interactive part of the meetup where we created a poster was fun.

    May 26, 2011

  • Michael B.

    Buy the book at a discount from our online bookstore:

    May 26, 2011

  • Andrew w.

    I really enjoy Dave's ideas, and I'm highly biased. I think you could bring him back again to talk about how to develop drawing skills and encourage people to use both sides of their brains in thinking through a problem.

    May 26, 2011

  • Michael B.

    I think you would all agree that this was an awesome event. Not only did we learn the principals on how to get creative through Gamestorming, but we had three hands-on exercises to practice what we learned. I really felt all of you were really engaged and excited to be a part of it. We saw a lot of collaboration and great discussion as we worked in teams to Gamestorm and discover ways to improve Boston PHP!

    We gave away over 30 Gamestorming books to winners for the best ideas for improving Boston PHP. I was really humbled and amazed at the creative ideas and passion demonstrated by all. We will be posting more pictures soon of all the Poster boards. We also plan to implement many of the ideas born out of this event.

    I want to thank David Gray for his work and for coming to Boston PHP. I also want to thank Above the Fold for their kind donation that made this all possible. Specifically I wanted to thank Heather O'Neil for all the organizing and logistics of the event.

    May 26, 2011

  • Andreas L.

    I am so excited to attend this meetup!

    May 25, 2011

  • Ruslan M.

    I want to go! I live in Uzbekistan, so I can not. The next year I'll be in the U.S., and I will be at other conferences.

    May 24, 2011

  • Michael B.

    We will be giving away over 25 Gamestorming books to attendees that have the best winning ideas from the Gamestorming teams.

    1 · May 24, 2011

  • Chris R.

    Use Plug to connect with relevant people before, during and after the event! Plug connects you with people you should meet and gives you an easy way to get event info, follow the event conversation and share event happenings on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. Visit to sign up and download Plug mobile apps.

    1 · May 17, 2011

  • Michael B.

    For more information and a great video on Gamestorming, watch this:

    1 · April 21, 2011

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