Douglas Ferguson

Interactive Lectures 

& Speaking Engagements


Interactive Lectures 

& Speaking Engagements


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. 

Douglas recently published his first book Beyond the Prototype, which offers expert advice for people shifting from discovery projects to realization and 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. Douglas spends his free time patching up modular synthesizers, playing guitar, and taking photographs. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Speaking Topics

Facilitated Innovation

Ideation, validation, alignment, & group exploration

Design Sprint Essentials

A 5-day framework for solving big problems

Design Sprints Make Agile Better

How they work together

Meaningful Meetings

Hands-on methods and tools to ensure productive meetings

Prototype Differently

A prototype is worth 1000 meetings

Beyond the Prototype

Navigating the fuzzy area between ideas and outcomes. 

Or, ask me about creating a custom presentation for you on innovation, digital transformation, design sprints, or design thinking.

Where He's Spoken

Austin • San Fransciso • Lincoln • New York • Boston • New Haven

 • Dallas • San Antonio • Denver • Columbus • Paris • Vegas

What People are Saying

“I’ve seen Douglas in action, and the guy’s awesome — he combines the management, business, and technical depth of a CTO with the design thinking skills of a master facilitator. It’s a combination you just don’t see.”

Jake Knapp

c0-author of new york times best seller sprint and make time

"Voltage Control (Douglas) provided us with valuable new ways of looking at applying the Design Sprint methodology for larger groups. Google Sprint Masters have now expanded their toolkits which enables them to push their product teams to drive more innovative outcomes across larger sprint teams."

Kai Hayley

Head of Google Sprint Master Academy

Beyond the Prototype


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 your idea 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.


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