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.
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.
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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 🎆🎇!