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

Making Durable Decisions

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

Beyond the Prototype


Beyond the Prototype 

A roadmap for navigating the fuzzy area between ideas and outcomes

By Douglas Ferguson

Have you ever struggled to move a key innovation project forward at work? 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. Full of stories from companies like Google, Liberty Mutual, and Adobe, this guide outlines six steps that every team should take to launch their vision. 


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