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Has anyone actually done one and what do you think of them?
I hear so many great things but never actually seen them done in practice. I was just wondering what peoples experiences are with them?
Hey Owen! I conducted a Design Sprint (for the first time) for my team in May. It was a brilliant experience!
As a facilitator (which I was), there's quite a bit of organizational work to do - just getting people together and working for 5 full days can be tiring. I realized it's also hard to facilitate and participate in the Sprint -- I'd recommend doing only one of those roles. You can read more about my experience here.
All in all - it was a design process that gave us a lot of good results in a short period. It took a while to get the ball rolling, mainly to get the participants involved in the hands-on process. But once that happened, it was easy to see the results and how much progress we were making. It also translated into a great experience with our customers, who felt valued.
10/10 would recommend the Sprint process!
Hey Owen - yes! I've done Design Sprints on multiple products for several years.
Like Natasha said, it can take a while to get it rolling and make sure everyone is on board. Here's how I approached the preparation and the doing:
Using a Design Sprint has helped the entire team massively, in my experience. The developers are more engaged up front on what is coming down the pipeline and then faster to ask questions and course correct. PMs have a better understanding of effort which helps in reporting progress to higher ups. And the designer has a structure to follow rather than a Hail Mary or go-it-alone approach. My teams typically feel more in control of what is being built and what the future holds.
Good luck to you!
I am part of a team who regularly conducts design sprints for new products on behalf of other companies. We find this really helpful to kickstart the Product Development process, get key stakeholders invested and to start validating our ideas from the beginning.
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