Recipe: Design Sprint (1-week)

Recipe: Design Sprint (1-week)

The Design Sprint is a 1-week approach to problem-solving and testing big ideas. Use this step-by-step guide to run this 1-week method with a team.

An overview in 90 seconds

Watch this 90 second video to get an overview of the original Google Ventures Design Sprint method.

You can get the Sprint Book if you want a reference guide you can hold in your hands.

Why use a Design Sprint?

There are three main reasons to use a Design Sprint for your challenge:

  • To solve a complex problem (and de-risk the chance of failure)
  • To get buy-in and solve a challenge collaboratively (and avoid conflicting agendas later on)
  • To test a bold new idea (before investing in a large scale project)

Get started: Step-by-step facilitation guide

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Tips before you start - Gather a diverse group who are invested in the outcome - Identify someone to take the Decider role - Narrow down the challenge to a concrete problem (if needed)

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Materials required - Access to Mural (digital whiteboard) - Microsoft Teams (for group video calls) - Paper, pens, sharpie, stickies (for sketching at home) - Software for digital prototyping (see

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All the Design Sprint activities

Templates & Resources

Use these pre-made canvases to create and customize a digital workspace for your Design Sprint.

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Mural: Another canvas

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