Design Sprints for Product Designers
Depending on the size of a project, it is practically possible or impossible to start and finish a project within 5 working days — from idea generation to getting a project ready and introducing it to the target market for feedback. But that’s what Design Sprints tries to achieve. Maybe the time duration is quite small, but you will be marveled at how fast you can actually prototype an idea and get it out for feedbacks. At Plant, we are designers ourselves. While our systems aren’t built in 5 days because of the technicalities and other stringent requirements, we do carry out Design Sprints for smaller tasks, so our designers learn the art of quick prototyping. If you have not taken part in a Design Sprint before, you won’t know how effective it can be. Design Sprints was introduced by Google Venture to solve big problems and test new ideas in 5 days. A Design Sprint is an all-encompassing exercise that brings a lot of professionals ranging from a business executive to a tech expert, design expert, customer service reps, marketing experts, and financial experts. Each and every one of these professionals has a role to play in ensuring that the project becomes successful. Instead of waiting for weeks and sometimes months or even years to get a product to the market, by following the Design Sprints principles, a development team can quickly build a prototype, launch it and get feedback from end-users. With this, you do not need to wait for so long and do not need to spend a fortune before you know the acceptability of your product. It saves time and resources. However, you need to understand that Design Sprints is energy draining. This is because all forms of distractions are taken away, and you are forced to be focused between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM for the whole 5 days. Not even your mobile phone will be with you. This makes it feels like a marathon. It then means that after each working day, you’ll have to start replying to emails and calls, and probably carrying out some office-related tasks at home — to avoid lagging behind because of the Sprint. If you are interested in carrying out a Design Sprint for product designers, this section of the article has been written for you. Design Sprint is action intensive. Make no mistake about it; every professional involved will have to work. Some will even get drained in the process, but in the end, a prototype that could become the next big thing will be born. What makes it interesting is that you’ll learn a lot from it. It is an event that you’ll learn skills that will help you for a lifetime — the skill of rapid prototyping and problem-solving. Below are what should be done each of the days involved. There’s no better way of honing the importance of understanding a problem than saying “without understanding a problem, providing a solution can only be by accident.” In understanding the problem, you need to know the problem you’re trying to solve, and what better way can you do that than understanding your user pain point? With the right understanding of your users’ pain point, when you proffer a solution, users of your product will find that it goes with their intent of using the product. How do you transform the problem into an opportunity? Take, for example, our software, » Read More
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