Take Your Product From Idea To Prototype In Less Than a Week

For many businesses, it can take many months or even years to get a product to market using traditional development processes. At Digital Scientists, we’ve found a better, more efficient way called a Design Sprint.

Hundreds of companies have used this innovative method, developed at IDEO and adapted by the Google Ventures team, to transform ideas into working prototypes — in under a week.

Now you can, too, with a Design Sprint workshop with Digital Scientists.

Design Sprint: This is how Google Hangouts was born

How did the Design Sprint get started? Jake Knapp, a design partner at Google Ventures, flew to Sweden one weekend to meet with some of the company’s engineers in hopes of starting work on a new video chat platform. Incredibly, three days later, they had already created a working prototype version of Google Hangouts.

Their secret? The Design Sprint, a new blueprint for designing products and testing prototypes with end users in less than a week.

Accelerate product development and take innovation to the next level

The Design Sprint workshop provides a framework for teams of any size to solve and test design problems in two to five days. Each participant invests about 30 hours of his or her time in this collaborative process.

At the end of five days, you and your team will walk away with a formal design brief, initial product roadmap, a prototype and documented research to apply to developing your first product or pitch to investors. And when you’re ready, we’ll be here to help take your idea to the next stage of product development.

Is a Design Sprint right for you? Let’s talk.

Interested in learning more?

The 6 Stages of a Design Sprint

image of a target icon1. Understand

We’ll invite your team to share quick 5- minute presentations on business goals, technology capability, user needs, etc. to understand what you need.

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2. Define

Our design and development teams will begin focusing on strategy. Together, we’ll define the central journey you wish to create for your users.

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3. Diverge

Everyone is encouraged to work individually to sketch ideas and generate as many ideas as possible before committing to any one option.

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4. Decide

Here, the team reviews all the ideas from the Diverge phase and votes for the best options. From there, the team will select ideas to prototype and test.

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5. Prototype

Rapid prototyping allows us to test ideas without investing a ton of time and resources, revealing which aspects of your ideas have potential.

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6. Validate

The team invites potential users to test their ideas. You’ll get to watch users interact with your prototype and see firsthand what they do and think.

Why Sprint?

Working in a Design Sprint shortcuts the endless-debate cycle and compresses months of time into a single week. Instead of waiting to launch a minimal product, you’ll get data and immediate feedback from a functional prototype to see if what you’re building resonates with customers before making expensive commitments.

DESIGN SPRINTS ARE HELPFUL IF YOU'RE...

Designing a new product…

You have the beginning of an idea and want to test to see if it resonates with your customers before investing large sums of time, resources and money.

Entering a new market…

You have an existing product and/or reputation with a specific niche market but wish to broaden your reach, but are not sure where to start.

Developing a new feature…

You’re looking for fresh ideas or new approaches for a new feature on a product.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning whether a design sprint is a good fit for you.

What does a typical day look like?

A typical Sprint day begins at 10 am and lasts till 5pm, with 2 short breaks and an hour for lunch. Our team facilitates the Sprint and provides all supplies, documentation and resources needed.

DESIGN SPRINT WEEK AT A GLANCE

Pre-Project Consulting

Before you hire us, we’ll learn about each other to see if our cultures are a fit for one another. We’ll give you an overview of what to expect in a Innovation Sprint and answer any questions you might have.

Monday – Mapping

Our teams will meet and through a series of exercises, learn about your product and the obstacles you face. Together, we’ll focus on targeting a manageable task that can be completed within 5 days.

Tuesday – Sketching

With a central challenge defined, we’ll begin the day with some warmup exercises to stimulate idea generation. From there, individuals will begin sketching out various solutions.

Wednesday – Deciding

The team reviews ideas from the previous day through various voting methods and decides which ones to prototype and test. Selected concepts are then storyboarded to prepare for prototype day.

Thursday – Prototyping

Depending on the scenario the team is solving for, and how many solutions we wish test, the team collectively prototypes a functional solution to test during the next day.

Friday – Testing

Earlier in the week, we will have recruited users, at least 5 from which to test and gather feedback. We’ll watch how they interact with the prototype and capture key insights and learnings.

Ready to Sprint?

Ready to begin your project sprint? Just answer a few questions so we can see if we’d be a good match for your needs.

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