How to conduct your design sprint in 5 days

Every design team one time or another experienced crazy deadline conditions designing a new project. Short terms are something our Outsoft team is learning to deal with to stay on the market. We found our way to success by designing…

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Nastia Shevnina
9 Sep, 2016

How to conduct your design sprint in 5 days

Every design team one time or another experienced crazy deadline conditions designing a new project. Short terms are something our Outsoft team is learning to deal with to stay on the market. We found our way to success by designing a 5-day sprint model. One week is the right time frame to explore and choose one single design concept to prototype. Less of it and you won’t have enough time to completely understand the problem you’re solving, build a realistic prototype and test it with customers. More than that and you could generate too many ideas into a solution and end up with one that wasn’t initially the best.ebde1b47795447d66f88d80d28dcd7b9

What is a design sprint?

Design sprints are a framework for teams of any size to solve and test design tasks in 2-5 days. The idea of sprints originates with the Agile framework. Basically, it’s a process of step-by-step brainstorming for answering critical questions through design, prototyping, and testing new ideas with users.

Preparation

Before the sprint begins, make sure you have the right team of professionals . You’ll also need space and time to conduct your sprint: find the right place, collect the equipment and create the actual schedule so the sprint will work smoothly.

Monday

Monday’s structured discussions create a path for the sprint week. The goal is to pick an ambitious but manageable piece of the problem that you can solve in one week. You will probably want to make a map of the challenge and  ask the experts at your company to share what they know.

Tuesday

Ok, so you’ve understood the problem and chose a target for your sprint, on Tuesday it’s time to focus on solutions. Sketching will be in a great use for this matter. This is often the most exciting day of the week: lots of brainstorming, arguments and productive work.

Wednesday

That’s great, you have a stack of solutions made on Tuesday. But now you have another sticky problem: decide which solutions is the best, cause you need one solid plan. You’ll critique each solution in order to decide which ones have the best chance of achieving your long-term goal.

Thursday

Finally, it’s time to make a prototype, turn the pen-and-paper designs or wireframes into full visual mockups. Apply “divide and conquer” technique on your team and split up the problem into small tasks . You’ll need to be sure everything is ready for Friday’s test by reviewing the prototype, confirming the schedule and writing an interview script.

Friday

By Friday, great amount of work has been done including creation promising solutions and building a realistic prototype on the best of it. Good job! Friday is all about bringing in real users, discussions and validating the prototype. Interview real people and learn by watching them use your prototype. This test makes the entire sprint worthwhile: At the end of the day, the team has a fully validated prototype to work ahead with so you’ll know how far you have to go, and what to do next.

Conclusions

In just five days, we can achieve an outcome which normally takes months. Mostly, this process gives you useful experience that increases creativity of a team and generates new ideas while putting the users needs upfront.

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In just five days, we can achieve an outcome which normally takes months. Mostly, this process gives you useful experience that increases creativity of a team and generates new ideas while putting the users needs upfront.

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