Intro to Beyond the Prototype

Learn how to maintain momentum after an ideation session

Have you ever struggled to move a project forward at work?

Bringing an idea to life isn’t always easy or straightforward.

Based on his experiences running Design Sprints for top companies, Douglas Ferguson wrote Beyond the Prototype to offer practical advice for people shifting from discovery to realization.

In this 90 minute interactive workshop, Douglas shares insights from his book and outlines a six-step plan for moving any initiative, vision, or prototype forward.


September 9, 2020


9am - 10:30am CT​


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What to expect

What to Expect

You’ll spend 90 minutes with the author walking through key principles from the book and explore how you can apply them to your work. Throughout the workshop you’ll work through a Mural template to build your own personal action plan. You can check out the template here. It’s been a year since the initial release of Beyond the Prototype and Douglas has version 2 in the works. He’ll also be sharing with you early access to all of the new tools and ideas.

What You'll Learn

Douglas will walk you through the 6 steps for navigating the post sprint slump including brand new tips that are schedule to launch in the next version of the book. Starting with how to prepare ahead of time to minimize loss of momentum, then moving to post sprint activities like understanding how to wrap up your sprint to maximize learnings and extend your momentum. You’ll hear stories from Douglas’ experience running 100s of sprints and how important it is to build a narrative for the broader organization, build and organize your post sprint team, and how to adopt a Sprint mindset to transform your organization.

How You'll Learn

The class will be activity-based with guided instruction and collaborative sessions. You’ll not only learn the 6 steps to avoid Slumps, the why and how of the Beyond the Prototype approach, you’ll also get to practice some of the activities guided by the author and master facilitator, Douglas Ferguson. He won’t just talk at you ; you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback on how to address your slump. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from our experience launching hundreds of ideas at some of the most innovative companies and organizations.


What is a Slump

Learn the characteristics of a slump and how to avoid them.

How did we get there

Explore the root cause of our slump

What’s keeping us there

Challenge ourselves to action.

What are we going to do about

Commit to change.

Who Should Attend

Leaders & Executives

who learn how to harness the power of innovative momentum

Creatives & Innovators

who want to to learn to navigate the messy middle

Project Managers

who want to move from idea to execution smoothly

Design Sprint Facilitators

who want to learn how to help their customers get the most out of Design Sprints

Key Takeaways

Design Sprints are not the answer

Good preparation is the best way to avoid a slump

Share the story to build allies

Adopt the Sprint mindset for continued growth

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Douglas Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.

Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. 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

I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work.

Savannah C.


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The Books

Bring Your Ideas to Life

Innovation can seem complex or reserved for the exceptional. But we believe innovation is for everyone. We’ve set out to illuminate a path for you to generate bold ideas, visualize and share them, overcome obstacles, and turn them into reality. Our books are equal parts guidebook and stories from years of experience helping companies adopt an innovation mindset and culture. They’re practical & actionable, so you can get started now. We hope they’ll help you on your journey to realizing your biggest, boldest ideas.