The Design Sprint is a week-long step-by-step process for answering critical product and business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers.
Developed at Google, and then GV, it is the best of business strategy, innovation, behaviour science, design thinking, and more — packaged into a way of working that any team can use.
We run the four-day Design Sprint, which is often considered to be the update to the book.
Efficiencies have been made and new hacks introduced. For example, we only need the whole team for the first 2 days. Efficiencies like that mean it is even easier to Sprint!
Bring your team and we'll bring a seasoned faclitator and a designer to enable your team to think different and execute upon ideas - fast!
The Design Sprint is best used to enable teams to design a new product, create a new feature or improve existing features.
The Design Sprint helps teams gain focus, work together and execute ideas quickly. It does without the endless debate cycle and compresses months of time into just a few days.
You may be building too many features without knowing whether each are successful. Validate assumptions and product ideas with your team without the expense and time of building and launching.
You may be worried about competitors innovating faster than you. By executing quickly you can enable your teams to make decisions with confidence.
We use a four-day design sprint with teams, with only needing everyone together for the first two days.
Together, we understand the long term goal, define the challenges and produce a mass of solutions.
We curate and vote on the best solutions together, then define what should be in the prototype with a storyboard.
Once we know what we are designing, we create the prototype on our computers and setup the user test scenarios.
Testing the prototype with real people, we then use the feedback to create clear next steps in the form of a product backlog.
The outcome is a human-tested clickable prototype which is not a "wireframe" or a "mockup" - it looks and feels like a real website or app with the benefit of having been tested in real life.
You will also have a product backlog - a list of all the things that need to be done next.
And finally, all of the decisions and documentation needed to move things forward in the form of a Sprint summary report.
We have run over 40 Design Sprints in complex and diverse industries such as financial services, technology startups and hospitality sectors.
Identifying users experience when choosing locations with wefindvenues.
Understanding more about user needs with the Land Rover Explore: Outdoor phone.
Setting out clear, measurable objectives and learning with a UK city council.
Once you have participated in the Sprint, you will have a much clearer idea of what needs to happen next within your business to take things forward.
We recommend using a second week to work in the feedback, iterate and polish the solution, working in anything like brand guidelines and getting things ready to share with your team. We call this the Iteration Week in the design sprint.
After the Sprint, we will have a day to handover with your production team, ensuring everyone has what they need to execute the plan.
Etch Sprints was specifically started to meet a growing need from companies needing to use a better way of working to help meet customer expectations of value.
Lead by Ross Chapman, who worked product-side for over a decade, we have the UX design expertise and problem solving experience to work with product teams at any stage.
Being at the very forefront of the practice, we are helping make the Design Sprint even easier so that any team can use it. Choosing Etch Sprints as a design partner will enable your business to get outside knowledge, inside and enable that capability to grow with your own people.
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Etch Sprints services start at £10,000 + VAT, with events and online courses priced separately.