During our last Google Developer Group meetup, our community explored the benefits of the Google Design Sprint process to help focus your next project or venture. The Google Design Sprint is a proven methodology for solving problems through designing, prototyping, and testing ideas with users. Design Sprints quickly align teams under a shared vision with clearly defined goals and deliverables. This process can add value to startups and enterprise engineering teams.
I wanted to thank Charis Horner, Research Associate at DesignInteractive.NET, for sharing her experience with Google Design Sprints in her project leadership work. I personally love how the Google Design Sprint process helps to aggregate the hidden wisdom of the team. (loud and quiet innovators) The structured brainstorming flow helps project leaders capture ideas, clarify vision, focus features, and rank them. During this process, the team co-creates a proto-type of their concept and tests the prototype with real customers.
Again, Charis.. Thank you for sharing such a great talk with our community of developers, designers, and startups. I also appreciate how you called out the larger principles of the Google Design sprint. Using those principles and time boxes, you mentioned that you can execute shorter, but more effective ideation sessions.
To help our community, connect to some of the Google Design sprint concepts in their work places, I wanted to share a few case study videos from Google Developers to provide more perspective. I have also included the links Charis shared from her presentation.
- Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
- Stop Brainstorming and Start Sprinting
- Examples of Companies’ sprints
- The Design Sprint
Hope these ideas help you bootstrap your next project! What part of the Google Design sprint flow do you find most insightful? Share your insights in the comments below!
Wish you the best!
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