What is Design Sprint Made Easy?
Why mess with Design Sprints?
Google’s Sprint Methodology is a week long process for building great products. However, it’s impractical for bootstrap budgets.
How about a 2-3 hour process?
DSme Sprints help you to quickly decipher assumptions to test for research gathering, aide in assimilation and develops your soft skills.
You could call this “WTF” relief?
Ok, so what exactly makes DSme sprints easy?
The four phase process is why they’re easy. It might sound a bit hokey, but it’s just because it works. You be the judge.
Create a shared understanding by having a conversation or brainstorm to connect with the group dynamic.
Breakdown thoughts, ideas and observations into organized segments to identify problem areas.
Then you’ll construct again
Create assumption based solutions using creative exercises to get clarity around what to test.
And then, experiment
Run tiny experiments on the solutions for validation and insight.
Design Sprints Made Easy are for handling the grey areas in your product life cycle. Though it’s best to attend the workshops in sequence; there is value to be gained even taking just one or a few to improve upon a particular skill. They are continuously being tested, so hold tight while all eight rollout!
Workshop 1 The Interview
Interviewing can feel uncomfortable.
If you’re not a professionally trained interviewer it’s awkward and clumsy. But, what if you keep it natural and conversational?
That’s where “The Interview” comes in. We’ll be running through a Design Sprint to determine some questions to ask for gathering research. There are a number of uses for interviewing, but what matters most is that we do it as part of our discovery.
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Workshop 2 The Pitch
Pitching can be your virtual business card.
If we want something from someone, we’re pitching. Selling the vision by identifying a problem that person is having. Empathy.
In this workshop we will be running through some exercises to organize and identify a problem. You and your team will come up with a solution, and then present to the group. Get some feedback, practice a refined pitch and make some new friends.
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Workshop 3 The Persona
Humanizing a persona
can be tricky without a solid research assimilation process. If we’re being honest, most of us do not know how to design for a “happy person” photo inserted into a generic template. And even if we actually talked to people first it still feels disconnected.
In this workshop we agree to not have personas for the sake of having personas. Let’s make it human! Hey, done right your personas can be inserted at any point in a Henry James novel.
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General Assembly, NYC The Interview | Improving bad grades
In this workshop we worked on generating questions to ask why some students in good school districts get bad grades. A fun pop-up group and glad we did this!See The Meetup
64 W 3rd St, Manhattan NY The Interview | Managing Annoying Friends/Contacts
We got right into it since most everyone attending is a UX designer. Team 2 tackled the online digital annoyances app. Glad we were able to get some role playing into this lively group. A lot of fun!See The Meetup
Senai Informatica, Sao Paulo, Brazil The Interview | Manage Annoying Friends/Contacts
Team Red worked on an app solution for centrally managing annoyances from friends and contacts temporarily. Amazing job by Patricia Magi & the team at Senai Informatica! Thank you.See The Meetup
Ofertia, Barcelona Spain The Interview | A Cashless Village
Team Blue rolled played at a networking event to learn how their questions stacked up against the answers they received from Team Red. Thank you kindly Ofertia for supplying the beer and chips!See The Meetup
Urbaner.pe , Lima Peru The Interview | Airport Food Ordering
In this workshop teams came up with 3 questions that were identified in an assumption checker for validation. We then roll played natural interviewing at a networking event.See The Meetup
Felicia Fleitman, Founder/CEO | Savvy Hires, Inc
Brad’s Design Sprints Made Easy are awesome! I attended two of them as I was prepping for an investor pitch. Getting feedback from Brad and the group was invaluable, and really helped me shape my presentation.
Judy Weiber, Founder/CEO | ScienceMobility, LLC
It was excellent! Exceeded my expectations!