#A Guide to the Design Sprint
Learn early, learn often. Design matters. Speed matters. You either win or you learn.
The idea of the Design Sprint is simple: shortcut the entire Lean UX Process by building a prototype so that you can figure out the strategy for your project.
GV has used this method for 100+ startups, helping them realize their maximum potential. With this method you either build something awesome, or you learn from your mistakes; both are super valuable.
The art of the Design Sprint is creating, capturing, and channeling the energy and passion for a product or service in your design team. You want to build a solid, energetic jumping off point for the project as a whole, and create enough initial energy to make it through the entire project.
##Design Sprint: Boiled Down
The Design Sprint is made up of five phases, and a day is usually dedicated to each phase:
- Understand — What are the user needs, business need and technology capacities? (Desirability, Viability, Feasibility)
- Diverge — How might we explore as many ideas as possible?
- Converge — Select the best ideas so far.
- Prototype — Create artifacts that allows you to test the ideas with users.
- Validate — Test the ideas with users, business stakeholders and technical experts.
Keep these things to keep in mind with your Design Sprint:
- Create artificial time pressure (this is where the magic comes from)
- Get into a prototype mindset
- Do not be afraid to do quick research
- Prepare well, it makes the sprint energetic and enjoyable
- Make sure the executives are included in the Understand and Converge phases
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- GV Design Sprint
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- How we completed a 5 day Design Sprint in 3 days
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- Interviewing users
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- Dockyard Design Sprint
- Hanno Design Sprint
- Design Sprints at Google
- Overview of Design Sprints at GV
- Five Act Interview
- Understanding the Job of Your Product
- The Design Sprint: from Google Ventures to Google X
- DXLab Design Sprint