Find case study examples of how design sprints are used across the world to solve problems, validate, prototype, and innovate in a matter of days.

The design sprint is one of the fastest growing innovation and design thinking trends. This fast-paced approach is an effective tool to help companies and other organizations advance creativity and innovation. To help improve your own design sprint workshops and training events, consider reviewing how other companies have used design sprints to advance change. Here are five powerful design sprint case studies to consider:

1. Quizlet Design Sprint Case Study

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Through customer research and insights, Quizlet was able to utilize the design sprint process to learn about which potential new features most resonated and connected with the needs of their customers. By testing out different features and creating prototypes of the product, Quizlet narrowed their focus to the specific products students across the country wanted and needed.

Learn more about Quizlet’s design sprint experience here.

2. Files Go Design Sprint Case Study

In many developing countries, smartphone users lack the capacity and storage space on their phones to protect their images and videos. Google’s Next Business Users team developed Files Go to help solve this problem, and took park in a design sprint to develop the second version of their app before development began. At the end of the 3-day sprint, Files Go had a list of prototypes to begin sharing with Android Go users for testing purposes.

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Learn more about File Go’s experience with the design sprint process here.

3. The British Museum Design Sprint Case Study

Another example on our list of design sprint case studies is the British Museum based in London. Through research, their team had discovered that visitors of the website were not using their site to plan a physical visit to the museum. This problem became center to their design sprint as they looked to unlock ways to solve this wayfinding issue. Through a test run of the sprint experience in two compressed half-days, their team conducted 25 interviews and then began testing some of these ideas at the physical museum.

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“Museums are notoriously siloed organizations,” said Shelley Mannion, Head of Digital Product Development for the Museum. “They can be territorial and people often work in isolation. Applying the design sprint approach really helps break down those traditional boundaries and demonstrates how, working together with colleagues from other disciplines, we can tackle tough problems that impact the visitor experience.”

Learn more about the British Museum’s experience here.

4. Oak Design Sprint Case Study

Oak, a meditation-style app, was looking for a redesign. Using the design sprint model, Oak’s hired AJ&Smart team were able to collaborate remotely from different locations and develop creative new ways for the app to be designed and utilized. Through prototyping and testing, Oak received a simplified app for the user-experience.

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Learn more about Oak’s design sprint here.

5. Boost Design Sprint Case Study

Boost, a New Zealand-based agile web and app development company, used the design sprint to develop a redesign of their website home page. As a services business, Boost felt their website wasn’t connecting as well as it could be with their target market. Using a mix of employees from all departments of their company, Boost was able to brainstorm about what was needed in the website design, and walked away with insights that helped shape their future design prototypes.

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Learn more about Boost’s experience – including helpful advice and tips on how they could have improved the process- with the design sprint here.

These design sprint case studies highlight the ways in which companies across the world have taken advantage of the design sprint approach. Hopefully, this post has inspired you to take another look at how you are implementing change and innovation at your organization!


6. Design Sprints with P&G

Check out this article from Alchemy (reinventing the way that P&G brands connect with and deliver value to consumers) and Ruzanna Rozman on running design sprints in different formats with P&G: How I Ran Complete, Modified and Deconstructed Design Sprints.

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