Six Phases of a Design Sprint
Six phases of design sprint which is helpful to know to run the smooth design sprint.
You probably still asking yourself, how exactly does the design sprint works? Well! There are six phases of a design sprint and will walk through what happens in each one by one. The first two phases (understand & define) are about understanding the problem. The next two phases (sketch & decide) are about coming up with a ton of possible solutions and narrowing it and picking one. The last two phases (prototype & validate) are about building out and testing them. Now let’s talk about each phase:
1. Understand: The goal of this phase is to create a shared understanding of the problem space, the user, the competition, and why it all matters. Align as a team on a focus moving forward for the rest of the sprint.
2. Define: Start by focusing on where you want to end. By setting goals you can work backwards to understand what needs to happen in order to get there.
3. Sketch: Start by focusing on where you want to end. By setting goals you can work backwards to understand what needs to happen in order to get there.
4. Decide: Bring it all back together and decide on one idea to take through prototyping and validation.
5. Prototype: Map out and build a prototype of your idea.
6. Validate: Check to make sure that your idea is solving a real user need and that it can be built! It’s a great value addition to the user.
Each phase has a set of tools that can be used to facilitate reaching the goal of each phase. Remember, it’s not necessary to use every tool for a given phase. Instead, you should focus on picking the best tool for the problem you are trying to tackle and the composition of your sprint team. I will explain each of them in upcoming blogs.
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