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What Is A Design Sprint?

A Design Sprint is a proven, scientific process of collaborative brainstorming which helps in assessing which features to build first and which ones to eliminate. It helps in saving development time and money by solidifying concepts and building the groundwork for wire-framing and designing.

Mindbowser Design Sprint Leads You To Set Up A Strong Foundation Of Your Product

At Mindbowser, DesignSprint is part of a complete idea transformation process that helps you conceptualize your idea and create a blueprint that the development team can follow. While we use the Design Sprint best practises, we do not stop at just providing recommendations. Our Design Sprints lead to a complete mockup version of your idea that can then act as a blueprint that the development team can follow.

The design sprint involves

Mindbowser’s Design Sprint Process And Stages

Now, it’s time to look at how Design Sprint works. It’s recommended that a sprint workshop must take 5 days. If fewer, there may not be enough time to build and test a prototype; if more, the focus can be lost, and it may be hard for team members to allocate time and be fully available.
Here is the list of main sprint activities scheduled day by day:

Monday

So basically on Monday, we will create a map of your idea, then we will set a long term goal is going to act like a beacon of light throughout these five days of your design sprint. We also made How Might We (HMW) a standalone activity. By the end of the first day, the team will have a clear focus and identified the area of the challenge where a solution would make the most impact.

Tuesday

The second day is for the ‘Diverge’ approach of Design Sprint, where we will discuss various possible solutions to help solve the pain points addressed on the previous day. For each challenge, we will brainstorm on all the possible solutions and zeroed in on one best approach for each of the issues.

Wednesday

Well, on Wednesday, for the first half, we will finalize the feature list for the app along with details on each feature. We spent a couple of hours in the second half of the day to create Information Architecture (IA) to make sure that we have a proper flow of all the features and navigation between them.

Thursday

On Thursday, we will build the prototypes. So what happens in the prototype is we had the final storyboard from Wednesday which would start getting more realistic and the end of this Thursday; you will have a more realistic prototype.

Friday

Moment of truth. Last day of the design sprint is about getting feedback. A few test users, preferably potential customers may be asked to provide feedback for the product. This is where the work you have done from the previous 4 days, gets verified. At the end of the day, you’ll know how far you have to go, and you’ll know just what to do next.

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Design Sprint Steps

Here are the steps of a typical Design Sprint. To shorten the time and dependency on resources we focus only on the most critical DEFINE-DIVERGE-DECIDE steps during a typical sprint.

Design Sprint Steps at Mindbowser

Dig into the design problem

Design Sprint Steps at Mindbowser

Define the key strategy and focus

Design Sprint Steps at Mindbowser

Rapidly develop as many solutions as possible

Design Sprint Steps at Mindbowser

Choose the best ideas so far

Design Sprint Steps at Mindbowser

Build something quick and dirty

Design Sprint Steps at Mindbowser

Get user feedback – learn what works & what doesn’t

Our End-To-End Services

Product Strategy

We’ll work with you to take all your great ideas and turn them into a focused, goal-oriented product strategy that we can execute successfully together.

  • Concept Generation
  • Product Road mapping
  • Technology Assessment
  • Team Definition

Design

Our team of senior designers can create a new UI from scratch or redesign the UI of an existing product. We test our designs with real users to ensure they are easy and a pleasure to use.

  • Design Sprints
  • Prototyping
  • User Interface Design
  • App Redesign
  • Flow Optimization

Reject Ideas Quicker And Grow Quickest

Design Sprint Will Help You

  • Align business vision and goals with design and development
  • Save substantial development time and money
  • Build consensus and collaboration between multidisciplinary teams
  • Get early-stage clarity and feedback for improvement

Meet Our Expert

01

Aboli Maydeo

Aboli is HFI-Certified Usability Analyst™ with 12 years of extensive experience in the design industry. She has successfully conceptualized and delivered multi-channel, intuitive, accessible and engaging digital experiences to fortune 500 clients.

02

Vishvajit Sande

Vish comes with a rich experience of working with the startups and has helped 20+ startups build their products. He leads UI/UX at Mindbowser and has been successfully running the Google Design Sprint for the last 3 years.

Our team of experienced designers can create a new UI from scratch or redesign the UI of an existing product. We test our designs with real users to ensure they are easy and a pleasure to use. 

Why Choose Mindbowser To Run Your Design Sprint

Mindbowser has been running Design Sprints for more than a decade. Over 100+ product ideas have been conceptualized, built, and improved upon by using Mindbowser Design Sprint. With an in-house team of UI and UX engineers, from the best pedigree, our Design Sprint process can help you discover magic beans in your ideas, remove any design bottlenecks, and cut through assumptions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Design Sprints help?

A Design Sprint can help quickly prototype and test with real users. This way you can get real feedback even before building anything. This helps you mitigate risk and take the right decisions in terms of feature prioritization and user flow.

Why is Design Sprint recommended for businesses?

Businesses today are very much focused on the idea of ​​breakthrough innovation as the main activity in their unrelenting quest for organic growth. Companies know they need to add new value to the market and deliver it in a way that makes sense for consumers to stay relevant – and they want to find it fast. As a result, people turn to the Design Sprint as their method of choice for stimulating the development of innovative products and services.

What tools do you use to conduct this as a remote process?

To start a remote Design Sprint process, you need the right tools. Everyone needs a good video conferencing tool like Google Hangouts or Zoom. Virtual collaboration spaces such as the Miros Board are also great ways to brainstorm, share ideas and replicate designs. For creating design prototypes we use Figma.

What is a customer journey?

The customer journey refers to a customer’s full experience with a brand or product, not just a portion of the experience. During the Design Sprint, the customer journey maps out a user experience step by step as they use their product.

What is the purpose of usability testing?

Usability tests are conducted on real users to understand better how they interact with the product. This way one can improve the design based on the feedback provided.

How much time of a business owner required during Design Sprint?

Design Sprints typically require 5 full calendar free days. This is many times difficult for business owners. In Fact, in a remote Design Sprint setting, it is even hard to have focus through continuous days. Hence at Mindbowser, we divide the whole experience into smaller chunks of time and spread the complete sprint experience over a month period with expected 4-6 hours required weekly from the product owner.

When should I do a Design Sprint?

A Design Sprint is effective when you are at a point in your journey where you are trying to find the next step ahead. It is useful when starting out a new product or a new version of an existing product as well as when you are trying to find a product fit.

What happens after Design Sprint?

Post Design Sprint, you end up with a click-through prototype. You take this prototype and test it with real users. Then we assess any gaps in user experience from the feedback received. Once wireframes are ready after revision they go for development and a development plan is created.

What is the difference between Design Thinking and Design Sprint?

Design Thinking is a way of designing products, services, or experiences that strive on the end-user first. Design Sprint is a precise, week-long approach to help solve business problems that include variations of design thinking tenants, comprising prototyping and user research.

What is a clickthrough prototype?

A clickthrough prototype links multiple screens that the user can access by click or tap on particular areas of the screen. The goal is to create a nonprogramming application that the users can still experience and understand the flow of information in the software.

What is information architecture?

Information architecture (IA) is a flowchart depicting the various modules and their connection in the application. IA provides a comprehensive view of the flow of information in the software.

What is User persona and why it is important?

Personas define your end user. They help you understand your user needs, aspirations, and expectations from the product. This in turn helps in prioritizing features and taking decisions by keeping the user needs at the center of any design decision.

How much of customer time is required to invest in our Design Sprint?

At Mindbowser, a design sprint is a complete product development journey. And the expectation of design sprint, includes a complete user persona, competitor research, complete prototype development, and in-depth research. We invest up to 3 to 4 weeks into the process, but customers don’t need to invest their full time—most of the heavy lifting done by our UX designers and business analysts.

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