Find tools and tips to improve your next design sprint workshop.
Businesses interested in innovation, design thinking, or user experience (UX) are probably now getting the concept of a design sprint on their radar. A design sprint is a fast-paced way to quickly zero in on a challenge, brainstorm ideas, prototype, and find validated solutions to critical business and customer problems over the course of a week. Hosting a design sprint workshop can be incredibly beneficial – find 7 reasons why here. Here are some top resources, tools, and tips for your next design sprint workshop:
The original design sprint guidebook, Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas, is still a must-read and the place to start. This book walks you through the entire design sprint process, from the people who created it. It’s perfect for teams of any size – whether you are just starting out or work at a Fortune 500.
This practical design sprint guidebook can also fill in the gaps in your understanding of what a design sprint is generally and how it can useful to your organization. Learn how to use the process to find an idea worth pursuing.
Design Sprint Videos
Check out our Design Sprint Videos list for six essential videos to help you understand the concepts and host your own training event. Videos are quick ways to gain useful insights into the design sprint process. You can also use them during the actual event to generate conversation.
- Google Ventures – their website holds links to research tools, daily checklists, and more. You can also go more in depth with Google through this interactive open-source toolkit for designers and developers.
- Browse four common design sprint activities to include in your session.
- Learn how to integrate pricing into a design sprint here.
- Find mindsets that can help people feel more comfortable with agile ways of working.
- Find case studies that show the power of design sprints in action.
- Need help getting buy-in? Review 7 ways a design sprint could support innovation in your organization.
Design Sprint Tools
For some basic tools to use during your design sprint, consider these sprint checklists from the popular Sprint book. They will guide you through the daily process of preparation for the event. The time timer is a classic tool to help you keep the activities starting, moving (and finishing) in your design sprint. You can also generate ideas on what type of activities to utilize for maximum creativity and collaboration. Next, you can check out tools such as Marvel to help you with prototyping new products and ideas. These top software tools for design thinking may also come in handy during your day of planning.
Design Sprint Approaches
Design Sprints can range from the original 5-day long event to shorter, 4-day (or less) sessions. Here are a few common design sprint approaches:
- Google Venture’s 3 Hour Brand Sprint
- AJ&Smart’s Lightning Decision Jam
- Design Sprint 2.0: 4 Day Design Sprint
Design sprints can be a quick, fun, and engaging way to generate new ideas and solutions to your problems fast. If you are interested in designing and hosting a design sprint workshop at your organization, consider finding resources and tools to improve the experience.
For more innovation training and design thinking resources, keep reading our blog. And don’t hesitate to contact us for help on creating a design sprint workshop or event.