Why should you use Design Sprint as a Service?
Design Sprint is an innovative method to test business ideas record-quick and make the testing processes more agile. Sprints are typically done in the form of 5-day iterations during which a critical amount of project work is done and tested with end-users. The team’s task is to identify a business issue, develop a minimal prototype for testing, and run a preliminary test with the users. Once the sprint is over, the team typically gets a clearer idea of whether the new service, feature or product are positively received by the target users or not. Based on that sprint data, more informed decisions are made for further development.
How Design Sprint Differs from other approaches?
|Duration||3-5 business days||2-3 weeks||Several days – 1 week|
|Placement||In person||Remote||In person|
|Effect||For faster product validation and for innovation and improvements in the existent product (like new features or side products)||UML diagrams, preliminary solution architecture and suggestions, whitepaper and tech documentation.||Detailed project plan, prioritized scope of work, UX/UI mockups, your most optimal business decisions.|
|Required Background||None||Formulated business expectations||Basic understanding of the blockchain technology|
|Meaning||Design Sprint - a way to validate better ideas and solve the specific challenges of your business in record time.||Informational support - analysis and suggestions - for the rational decisions on the operational level.||The close, face-to-face cooperation between our team and your staffers devising the business requirements and brainstorming the best blockchain strategy and tactics.|
Who uses Design Sprint?
Startup founders when
- Team is blocked and don’t know how to move further
- They don’t know if the innovations would be beneficial for their users
- Team works with under goals and real data.
- The founders don’t believe in the end success
Product managers when
- Launched products are not attractive to the users
- Companies want to stay competitive and innovative
- It is hard to come up with the solutions in the structured way
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Problems with the usual approach
- Cross functional teams find it hard to align with common business objectives
- Teams often work towards unclear goals as project scope changes repeatedly
- Teams lack real data on which to base business decisions, instead relying on endless internal discussions
- Product development cycles run too long, causing teams to lose enthusiasm and focus
Benefits of using Design Sprint
- It structures the approach to the research
- Helps to save time as everything is structured
- Helps to keep the team on track
- It protects you from fooling yourself and saves your money
- Answer critical questions with prototypes tested by real users
- You can generate extra content from the research
The design sprint is a 5-day process including specific stages for ideating, developing, and testing a product prototype, thus saving businesses from lengthy and costly software development endeavors that ultimately fail to satisfy customer requirements. Sprints are time-boxed, meaning that the team members have to generate ideas as quickly as possible to speed up the prototyping and testing process.
As a rule, the team needed for running an effective design sprint includes facilitator, UX designer, tech expert, product manager or a company’s representative with insights and expertise into the client’s project needs and expectations. Together, this team defines the business problem, brainstorms possible variants of solving it, prototypes the solution, and tests it with users to see the effect. If one of the options fails, another option is tested within another iteration, with the team making conclusions from the sprints’ outcomes to go on with the best idea.
You may need to run design sprints whenever you are unsure about the next step of your project development. As a rule (as its name suggests), the design sprint is done when the back-end design is over, and it’s time to come up with an appealing, functional UX design. Since the success of UX design is ultimately determined by user satisfaction, companies that want to test several options not to waste money on full-scale UX design development run design sprints to test several options with their end users.
Once the design sprint is over, and the team sees a positive response of end users to the proposed UX design and features, it’s time to start developing the complete UX design. At this stage, the development team usually has more than a set of assumptions about what the users might like. They have workable results of field testing, suggesting which UX features the target users need and appreciate the most.
Bringing the proper specialists to your design sprint team is critical because it allows your company to deliver the best solutions in compliance with the client’s project vision and objectives. Inability to communicate the project’s details on the client’s part, choice of wrong UX prototypes and options for testing in the sprint, or the inability to analyze and make sense of sprint outcomes may minimize the value of such work, resulting in suboptimal sprint results. Design sprint with 4IRE an innovative way to go faster into the market and could compresses potentially months of work into a few days.
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