Hack: Organize a design sprint

A relevant problem, hundreds of (good) ideas to solve it, a prototype, a validation of the prototype through user testing. All of this in only 5 days, with 5 people. Deal?

Invented and popularized by Google Venture, design sprints are proving themselves as great ideation and validation activity (two main pros: speed and efficiency) + they are a great introduction to the methodologies of Design Thinking and Lean Startup. All you need is 5 days to come up with a minimum viable product. Get a room and get a team together during 5 days to come up with an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) for the problem you are tackling – and that your company is trying to tackle since 2 years. You don’t have quite enough time? Consider the option of a 3-day sprint.

1. What is a design sprint? What are the advantages?

2. What are the common pitfalls?

3. How does design thinking add value to the sprint?

If you’re reading this text, you’re already many steps ahead of building an organization that embraces Innovation not only strategically, but on a cultural, organizational level. We wrote a book, namely ’52 Hacks for innovation-driven organizations’, to help every single team to embrace Innovation in the daily routine, and to develop a mindset for success.


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