I recently shared some things I was learning about running remote design sprints, and a colleague asked, "Can you define what you mean by design sprints?" Here is my off-the-cuff definition:
"A design sprint uses a set of methods to lead a team over a short period of time (less than a week) to learn, ideate, design, prototype and test solutions to a specific problem space."
I still think this is a pretty good definition, but if you're looking for more, let's break it down.
A design sprint is a team activity.
The team is often composed of people with varied skills and expertise related to the project. Your cross-functional team might include an engineer or two, a manager, a project manager, a customer service expert, a designer, someone from finance, and the product owner.
In addition to skills, it is best to build a team with members who take different approaches to problem-solving.
Working as a team doesn't mean everything is done out loud as a group. Some of the methods I unpack below help combine the benefits of people working independently and working collaboratively.
These diversities of skills, perspectives and experience will contribute to a better design. It can be hard to communicate and sort through all the views and ideas, but that's where the facilitation methods come in.
It’s easy to feel stuck or have an obstacle and not be sure how to begin to overcome it. I can lead your team through workshops for discovery, ideation, problem-solving, and solution testing.