Design Sprint Essentials
Getting started with answering big questions quickly
In this workshop, Voltage Control founder Douglas Ferguson will teach you the basics of what you need to know to run your own effective Design Sprint.
What to expect
What to Expect
In this introductory workshop, Douglas Ferguson will rapidly lead you through all five stages of the Design Sprint process, teaching how the various steps fit together and why and how they work. You’ll learn tips and tricks for facilitating a Design Sprint (whether it's your first or 101st) and for incorporating these techniques into normal meetings.
What You'll Learn
In this fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshop, you'll learn by doing as Douglas Ferguson leads you through the Sprint essentials. By the end of the workshop, you will have had the opportunity to learn the basic Design Sprint methods as well as begin to chart a plan for your growing Design Sprints and scaling across your team.
How You'll Learn
This workshop is hands-on. Douglas will introduce you to each of the five stages of the Design Sprint process, and then you'll have an opportunity to immediately apply them to your work. He'll introduce exercises that will not only help you try on these different stages but also allow you to bring Design Sprints back to your team.
Outline a challenge and choose the most important place to start so you can lead a team through the Design Sprint process with confidence.
Draw a solution with confidence, even if you're not a designer or artist, to identify crucial business & product questions to be answered in your Sprint
Make smart decisions without lengthy discussion. Choose the right prototyping method for your product or service.
Conduct 1:1 customer interviews to test hypotheses before you invest months of work and millions of dollars, then integrate Design Sprint methods into your product development calendar & normal workday.
Who Should Attend
who want to learn the power of Design Sprints
Executives at large companies
who want to level up their facilitation skills
Team leaders and managers
who want to build products based on customer insights
who want to get to get to market faster
Lead a team through the Design Sprint process with confidence
Map out a challenge and choose the most important place to start
Identify crucial business and product questions to be answered in your sprint
Sketch a solution with confidence, even if you're not a designer or artist
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Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Workshops, Team Alignment Workshops, Transformations, Meeting Systems, and Culture Workshops. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything (co-authored), and Start Within (co-authored).
Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.
What People Are Saying
"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro."
"As a venture-backed direct-to-consumer company, what we learn through customer experience directly evolves who we are growing into for current and new customers. As we mature to more retail presence in an unprecedented time of disruption and opportunity, every team member must be empowered with the vulnerability to iterate and actively listen for how to be present. Design thinking and facilitation taught by Voltage Control punctuates that kind of learning perfectly."
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