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May 08, 2024

Exploring Design Sprints - What do they look like and how do they work?

Written By

Shreya Patel

Category

Design

Read time

2 minute

Ever wonder how we are able to work quickly and efficiently on projects, delivering high quality solutions in record time? This is where design sprints come in - a rapid approach to solving problems, creating new products or refining existing ones. Here, we will dive into our approach to design sprints and why they are so effective in accelerating innovation and efficiency within a project and decreasing associated risks. Design sprints are also a fun way to promote teamwork, collaboration and problem solving, while maintaining flexibility to adapt as needed!

Why do we use design sprints?

Rapid problem solving

By cutting down the length of design into a shorter week or two sprints, it ensures we can quickly tackle more complex projects. A shorter time frame to work within allows for swift decision making thus increasing valuable time to work on projects.

__Collaboration and Alignment __

Design sprints offer an opportunity to collaborate with a diverse team of developers, designers, project managers, stakeholders, and other professionals. Fostering an environment that ensures everyone is heard and opinions are valued, encourages everyone to share ideas, diverse perspectives and questions. This also contributes to saved time as any queries can be resolved and everyone can be aligned to a common goal, reducing opportunities for miscommunication.

User centric approach

User feedback is an important part of a design sprint. By collecting feedback and ideas early in the process, this can save time on making changes, altering the product and gathering new ideas to ensure the final product meets the needs of the intended users.

How do design sprints work?

1. Research and understanding

Initially, we kick off by taking the time to understand the nature of the project and needs for the user, ensuring our design is both innovative and user-focused. This phase sets the tone for the entire sprint, grounding our ideas in real-world inspiration and user needs.

2. Idea generation

Where the fun begins! Team members bring diverse perspectives and ideas to the table, brainstorming and sketching out potential solutions, addressing users needs and encouraging open collaboration.

3. Decision

Once all of the ideas have been laid out it's time to decide on the best solution, selecting those that best meet our criteria for our audience! Crucial for narrowing down our ideas and moving forward with the most viable one.

4. Prototyping

Now we have chosen our ideas, it's time to transform them into prototypes. This stage is not about creating something perfect, rather something that closely aligns with the aim of the final product that can go to user testing.

User Testing

It is now time to see what works and what doesn't! The team will gather feedback, useful for refining our designs.

6. Review and development kickoff

The final day is dedicated to reflecting on the sprint journey, incorporating user feedback into our designs, and preparing for the next phase of technical development.
If you're curious about learning more about design sprints and how they can transform project workflows, we would recommend starting with Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. Whether you're new to design sprints or looking to refine your approach, this book offers a comprehensive guide to the design sprint process and shares useful advice on leveraging sprints to drive innovation and efficiency.

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