Monday, February 7, 2022

PRO WORKSHOP: Advantages of 2 Hour Design Sprints
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Teresa Cain
Teresa Cain
Trevipay, Director of Product & UX Design

Our organization's problem-solving approach has long been based off of Stanford's design thinking method or Google and Jake Knapp’s 5 day process from the book “Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days”. However, 5 day design sprints have had its challenges during the pandemic. We moved 100% remote due to Covid in 2020 and found it challenging to conduct a successful multi-day design sprint to solve key business problems. When already trying to push out as many high value features as possible in a saturated FinTech space, this became challenging and so we successfully created a hybrid approach and modified the process to just 2 hours.

2 hour design sprints help us deliver more value-driven features by simplifying the design thinking and design sprint process to our core business values in five stages - Empathize, Explore, Ideate, Prototype and Test. While still incorporating the spirit of Stanford’s design thinking process and the book “Sprint”  we were able to condense our sessions to 2 hours which allowed us to include the right stakeholders, problem solve with our limited time, and have more positive outcomes and deliverables in designs to move into our agile sprints faster. Even better, we were able to have more design sprints in a month to solve multiple problems at a time by having the product managers lead the sessions. 

Here are a few advantages and way to have a successful design sprint in 2 hours: 

- Have your product manager or designer lead the session

- Simplify the problem you are trying to solve

- Use a collaborative tool for mapping ideas and rapid prototyping such as Figma or InVision

- And more...