Workshop

Design Sprint Master Class

The Design Sprint is a method for answering big questions quickly.

In this master class, Douglas 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.

Date

March 4, 2020

Time

9am-5pm CST​

Location

Live Online

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What to expect

What to Expect

In this master class, Douglas 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, President of Voltage Control, leads you through a complete sprint—super-compressed into 8 hours.

How You'll Learn

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 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 Integrate Design Sprint methods into your product development calendar—as well as your normal workday

Agenda

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

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

Integrate Design Sprint methods into your product development calendar—as well as your normal workday

Who Should Attend

Startup founders

who want to learn the power of Design Sprint

Executives at large companies

who want to level up their facilitation skill

Team leaders and managers

who want to build products based on customer insights

Product managers

who want to get to get to market faster

Key Takeaways

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 Ferguson

Douglas is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops. Prior to Voltage Control, Douglas held CTO positions at numerous Austin startups where he led product and engineering teams using agile, lean, and human-centered design principles. While CTO at Twyla, Douglas worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now brings this experience and process to companies everywhere. He recently published his first book, Beyond the Prototype, which offers a six-step plan for companies struggling with the shift from discovery to launch. Douglas is active in the Austin startup community where he serves on the board of several non-profits, mentors startups, and advises early-stage ventures. He spends his free time patching up modular synthesizers, playing guitar, and taking photographs. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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Please note that photographs, video & audio recordings will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Voltage Control for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media, or in any third party publication. Please contact our events manager, Tara, if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.​

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