Arriving at high quality solutions is a hard proposition in the best of times. Designers often find ourselves pressed against deadlines while we seek to clarify problems and set appropriate expectations. This situation is further complicated by the fact that most of us work with globally distributed team, and while virtual collaboration tools certainly help bridge time zones and geographic divide, there is no true substitute to in-person problem solving. But, bringing people in one central place is just half the battle, the challenge then becomes how to ensure that the limited in-person sessions are productive? More specifically, how do you channel people’s opinions, understanding and ideas into productive output that gets at solving the problem at hand? Enter Mini-SPRINT.
Mini-SPRINT is a one day session focused at producing high quality solutions that can be further validated with customers and / or internal stakeholders. Mini-SPRINT is based on the five-day design session used by team at Google Ventures and have been published in the book SPRINT.
This talk will showcase how I designed and operationalized Mini-SPRINT. I will talk about the session’s structure, the results obtained at the end of the day and lessons learned after conducting this session. I will conclude the talk with specific examples of how design ideas from the Mini-SPRINT continues to influence our design solutions.
This talk is primarily geared for designers and leaders who tend to run/facilitate design sessions, workshops with other designers or cross-functional team members.