How to prepare for a Remote Design Sprint

How to prepare for a Remote Design Sprint
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A remote design sprint is a method of solving a critical challenge, as a team, in a remote context.

Whilst it compresses months of work into just a few days, the clear benefit is that it capitalises on technology from the start. This enables teams to solve more complex problems and create digital products - with far more accuracy than before.

How to get started

There are three key areas you can prepare for when lining up a Remote Design Sprint.

1. Identify your problem

Good designers know to love the problem on day one, not create a solution.

You can use an activity like Problem Framing or the Lighting Decision Jam to help you identify the problem to solve, which will then help you to select the right team to help you.

A wall of post it notes from a design sprint
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2. Select your team

A great sprint team is one that spans the business or problem space. Typically you want:

  • Product manager, Head of Product or CEO
  • Customer expert
  • Engineering expert
  • Sales expert
  • Marketing expert
  • Designer
Design Sprint is a design methodology that is carried out within 5 days to answer a variety of critical business questions through the process of design, prototyping, and testing concepts to potential target users directly. This method was first conceived by Jake Knapp at Google Venture and has now been implemented in hundreds of companies from various vertical industries.
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3. Tool up

Get yourself setup for success with time in the calendar, a template and some preparation, such as creating the Lightning Demos.

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Next, find an expert external facilitator

Hiring an external facilitator for a design sprint means that you and your team can be fully engaged in discussions rather than focused on the process and documenting discussions.

Moreover, external facilitation reduces the risk that the investment of your staff's time will be wasted.

If you're looking for an expert facilitator, find my contact details and I'll try and help!