Top Resources for Design Sprint Workshops

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:

Instructional Books

The original design sprint guidebook, Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas, is still a must-read and the pace to start. 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.

Design Sprint Videos

Check out our Design Sprint Videos list for top 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.

Training Articles

Review our original Design Sprint Workshop Training article here. Google Ventures also has a host of resources available for your design sprint. 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. Find some general guidance on how to make the design sprint process work for you in this Medium article. Lastly, consider getting even more out of your design sprint by trying out a shortened 2.0 version.

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:

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.

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