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Design Sprint Training from People Make

July 14th, 2019

A few weeks ago I joined People Make’s design sprint training workshop.

What’s a design sprint?

A design sprint is a process for exploring a problem then proposing and validating a solution in one working week (or less).

The process is a strictly ordered checklist of activities divided into sections which will be familiar to any designer:

It brings together people from diverse roles, and everyone contributes, so ownership of the outcome is shared. The outcome may be imperfect or incomplete, but it comes with a wealth of useful byproducts and lessons which can inform future work.

In short: it’s a microcosm of the design process which gives rapid results.

The People Make workshop

Calum & Penny distill the four-day Design Sprint 2.0 process (an evolution of Jake Knapp’s five-day process) into a hands-on two-day workshop.

Drawing crazy 8s, a design sprint brainstorming activity

In their words, “anyone can read the book, but often that’s not enough to feel able to confidently identify a challenge, influence teams and run a sprint.” Therefore the workshop is run as a mock sprint on a lightning schedule, where attendees get practical experience in every activity and insight from a pair of seasoned facilitators.

Usually I expect to leave a training session with my hand aching from furiously scribbling notes, but afterwards all attendees receive a comprehensive toolkit including document templates, checklists, and facilitator tips, so you can focus on the lesson at hand.


The key messages for me were:

Crucially I’ve come away with the confidence that I can guide a group to reach useful outcomes with this process. I’m looking forward to putting it into practice!

I’ll also be visiting Sprint Stories for more examples and inspiration, and now I have a time timer on my wishlist. Maybe I can use it in the kitchen…