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 For Your Product

At Mindbowser, Design Sprint 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 practices, we do not stop at just providing recommendations. Our Design Sprint leads to a complete mockup version of your idea that can then act as a blueprint that the development team can follow.

 

Complete Idea Transformation with Design Sprint

Research

In this step, we try to thoroughly understand the requirements of our clients and conduct proper market research to identify gaps in potential user expectations. We conduct a detailed analysis to help us innovate with our solution and provide a truly modern and scalable solution for our clients.

Identifying User Persona

To make sure that the product we build finds its audience, we need to give them exactly what they want. We have to know our users, and understand their needs, and their troubles. The best way for us to do that is to create user personas. Adequate user personas rely on thorough research, which takes the guesswork out of product development and helps us deliver exactly what is required.

Apply UX Principles

UX principles are fundamental pieces of guidelines we use to make easy-to-use pleasurable designs. We apply them to select, create and organize elements and features in the project. Our design principles represent the accumulated wisdom over the years through research in design and related fields.

Finalize User Flow

We realize that creating a seamless user flow is imperative to align the needs of your business with those of your users. We base our user flow decisions on research and analysis - that our clients can test until they are satisfied.

Information Architecture

Our information architecture design aims at organizing content so that users would easily adjust to the functionality of the product we are building and could find everything they need without big effort.

Wireframes

Wireframing is an essential tool we use in our project scope definition and app development process. It allows us to clearly map out where the most important elements in the application should be and simplifies communication between us and our client or the development team. It helps our expert designers spot potential issues in the structure or flow of your application.

Mindbowser’s Design Sprint Process And Stages

Now, it’s time to look at how Design Sprint works? At Mindbowser Design Sprint Planning is an essential part of the sprint process. We organize at least a full day’s worth of planning before the actual day begins.

A typical design sprint takes 5 days. These five days are intended to help you develop the best team to tackle a project and to guide your business through the design sprint. 

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. So the main purpose of sprint planning is to define what can be delivered and how that work will be achieved within the time frame.

Here is the list of main sprint activities scheduled day by day:

Design Sprint Process And Stages | MindBowser

 

Day 1- MAP

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.

Day 2- SKETCH

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.

Day 3- DECIDE

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.

Day 4- PROTOTYPE

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.

DAY 5- TEST

Moment of truth. The 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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Why Mindbowser To Run Your Design Sprint?

Mindbowser has been running successful design sprints for more than a decade. Over 100+ product ideas have been conceptualized, built and improved using the UX Design Sprint Services. 

Our in-house team of UI and UX engineers from the best pedigree can help you discover magic beans in your idea, refine your product, reduce any bottlenecks in the design process and help you get to a fully fledged prototype that you can further use to test the market or even as a mockup for development team to follow.

 

Do you need to do a Design Sprint?

Is your problem defined?

Design Sprint can be great to tell you if you are looking to establish your hypothesis - Do customers really need this?

Is your solution obvious?

Do you have just one solution or many solutions possible for the problem. Through Design Sprint you can explore various solutions and choose what fits best.

Do you require a cross functional team?

Does your idea requires multiple people to chime in with ideas & collaboratively choose the best solution then Design Sprint is useful

If you just need design or UI done then only design phase is required

Do you need to polish your idea?

If your idea exploration needs discussion back and forth, then Design Sprint is suited

Your plan is already set and just needs to be executed then just project management is required.

Are you planning to fix scope of project?

Your Design Sprint output is a clickable mockup that your development team can then follow. A Design Sprint Process can set up the right foundation for your project

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What Is This Video About?

  • What is a design sprint?
  • The difference between User Experience and User Interface design.
  • Introduction to the areas that are under the umbrella of user experience.
  • Competitive research and Its importance.
  • User personas and their importance.
  • Information architecture and its importance.

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Here Are a Few More Reasons To Hire Us

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Mindbowser Design Sprint initiative is led by veterans in the industry

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We have run 100+ Design Sprints successfully

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Our process generates a rich pool of ideas

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We use a thorough user experience process to ensure our solutions are backed by research and collaborative design

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The end result is a comprehensive click-through wireframe that you can use for feedback and even investor presentation

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We test user experience with real user

Frequently Asked Questions

How Design Sprint helps?

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 FigJam and Miro 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 and which tool do you use?

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. We use Maze: An online Usability Testing tool which can use high fidelity (Clickable) prototypes to prepare Usability Testing/Remote UT environment setup.

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. Read more about Information Architecture here

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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