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Design Sprint Cheatsheet & Tips

For several months now, the UX team at Wizeline has been running frequent Design Sprints 🏃 to kick off projects. To create a framework for Design Sprint facilitators, based on our experiences, I created a cheatsheet (sketchnotes) that is free to use.

My colleague Aditi has been facilitating 10+ Design Sprints and came up with these 7 best practices for the Wizeline UX team.

  • Be explicit about intentions: tell people in advance what you expect from them.
  • Establish clear roles: make sure everyone knows the role of each person on the team, including their own.
  • People hate meetings: call your events a “sprint” or a “workshop” and mention the tasks for each day in advance.
  • Bring in the trouble maker: involve the person who could derail the project in some capacity, he might have valuable insights you had not considered.
  • Not everyone has to agree: don’t waste your time looking for consensus or perfection.
  • Become a cheerleader for UX: you are shaping people’s perception of why UX is valuable and how a UX designer works.
  • Make the sessions device-free: capture people’s raw attention and discover things together.

Sketchnotes of the Sprint methodology Download link

Would I recommend a Design Sprint at the beginning of a UX project?

Yes. This tool kicks off any project in a really effective and fast way. All the team is involved, shares knowledge and sees the value of UX. From an innovative project to a re-design of an existing solution, any project can be boosted with a Sprint.

P.S. Interested in UX and/or sketchnotes? Follow me on Twitter for more!

P.P.S. Don’t have any Time Timer for your Sprint? I made a web version of it: Time timer

For all these reasons, I am now working on a Daily UX challenge v2.

I am now a more experienced UX Designer. I’ve learned from this MVP, and craving to release this v2. Here is a sneak peek of what I am working on:

  • It has 3 projects in total (a warm-up, a small project, and a big project).
  • Each day is a step, not a project.
  • Each step will be shared as a Medium post also, to allow different completion rates / speed; while increasing the visibility of the project. Completing the 20 challenges will end in 🎆🎇!