Everything you need to know about Design Thinking and Design Sprints in one place with no sales pitches. Solid foundations on user research, ideation, and prototyping in fast-paced low-budget projects.
Get in shape to run your own Design Sprint.
Pass the exam and become part of our global community of Design Sprint Masters. Started in 2014, hundreds of Sprint Masters are already part of this community, making it the biggest and fastest growing community for Design Sprints. Exchange knowledge worldwide.
We are a skill-building academy. We specialize in Design Thinking education and empowerment, with which our founders have over 20 years of experience, many books published and thousands of graduate students worldwide. This means we are not here to sell you on our practice or on how smart we are. We are here to guide and equip you so that you can build your own design practice.
We pledge to educate Design Sprint Masters, and this means acquiring skills and knowledge that go beyond workshop facilitation. We will teach you robust UX Design, Design Thinking, and Service Design foundations and skills. On the practical side, you will feel like sprinting with a real client.
We are based in Silicon Valley, our founders are continually mentoring and sprinting with cutting-edge startups. Our global community of graduate Sprint Masters is the most diverse group of Sprint Masters you will find. We are also a lean startup, not a consultancy firm. So you are learning from practitioners. We live what we preach.
To the right, you can see the areas of knowledge we cover rated from 0% to 100%, where a full bar means we cover the most relevant topics related to that area.
Design Thinking: 100%
Service Design tools and concepts: 80%
User centered Research: 80%
Agile and Lean Startup concepts: 60%
Co-development with ideation and prototyping: 100%
How to plan and execute Design Sprints: 100%
With the skills you will learn you will be able to modify and create new Design Sprint agendas and flows that fits your needs. Often Sprint Masters need to adapt according to their needs and resources. This means making changes in the original process flow depicted in the original books or ever-changing modifications of it like Design Sprint 2.0. These hard-coded Sprint agendas need constant adjustments to perform in specific scenarios and with specific resources.
We teach a strong Design foundation which prevents Sprint Masters from getting stuck or having to conform to specific Design Sprint protocols. Sprint Masters should feel confident to adjust and modify the Design Sprint flow as needed.
During the four-week boot camp, we present a balance of theory and practice aimed to build up your confidence and set you up to run (and sell) your own Design Sprints. Get ready to deep dive in one of our rich scenarios and design solutions using our unique canvas-to-canvas approach. This approach was designed to make your experience learning about Design Sprint a smooth sailing one. Only students enrolled at the Live Experience Bootcamp must finish it in 4-weeks. If you signed up for any of the self-paced programs there is no need to finish the program in four weeks. That being said, many people do and it is possible. Here is a suggested breakdown structure for that.
Time requirement: 6 hours.
Learn the foundational skills and concepts necessary for you to go beyond canvas-operation and get into the thinking of Design Sprints.
- Why Design Sprints?
- The need for speed.
- The need for Design
- Design Thinking foundations
How it's made: Funnels and Ecosystems.
Practice: Mapping the ecosystem.
- MVS model :: The Time Machine.
- GV model :: Map.
Time requirement: 8 hours.
Learn how to frame the problem in a way to inspire the sprinting team to pursue it like a challenge. You will also learn how to interview users and profile them during this week.
How it's made: User research and journeys.
- Framing the Challenge.
- Human Centered Research.
- User interviews.
- Ask the Experts.
- Service Ecology/ Maps/ Consumer Journeys.
Practice: Interviewing users and mapping their journeys.
- MVS model :: Sprint Ethnography, Hero profile, Recruitment, in-depth conversation, Hero Quest.
- GV model :: Ask the experts, HMW questions, Lightning demos.
Time requirement: 6 hours.
Based on the insights gathered on week two, you will learn how to design solutions using both standalone and co-participatory approaches.
How it's made: Ideation and refinement.
- In-depth interviews (ethnographical approach)
- Ideation techniques (Swap and Four step sketch).
- Voting systems.
- MVS model :: Swap ideation.
- GV model :: The four step sketch, Storyboard.
Time requirement: 8 hours
Learn how to prototype your solutions using cheap and easy-to-change materials. Also, learn best-practices on how to manage, measure, and prioritize the results of a Design Sprint.
How it's made: Early stage prototypes, design sprint management, ROI.
- Early stage prototyping.
- Managing/ Facilitating best pratices.
- Measuring Results.
- Building a prioritized backlog.
Practice: Prototype and user testing
- MVS model: Prototyping, Build backlog
- GV model: Prototyping, look for patterns.
You will receive a Sprint Master toolkit containing all the canvases you need to run your own Design Sprints. The kit also includes two Sprint Master's guidebooks you will use to set up the perfect sprinting pace and never get lost when facilitating a Design Sprint. The Blue Book covers the GV model and The Black Book the MVS model. These hands-on manuals and canvases are a treasure you will only find in this program. They come full of tips and hacks giving you the confidence you need to run your own Design Sprints.
Learn Design Sprints with the Google Ventures' method and Service Design Sprints with the MVS model.
Run a Design Sprint with our Role Playing game-like rich scenarios.
Full access to a library containing hundreds of completed canvases and prototyping videos.
Lifetime access to the content.
Includes everything from the Online Design Sprint Bootcamp, plus:
Submit practices to graduate.
Mentors provide you feedback and grade practices.
Graduate and become part of our alumni network.
Take the exam to become a Certfied Design Sprint Master.
Includes everything from the Online Bootcamp with mentors and certificate, plus:
Run a Design Sprint along with a peer and a mentor live via Slack chat, video and audio conference.
Receive real time chat mentorship from our mentors and founder..
"What I valued the most was the rich discussions with the role group and the peer designing approach that gave a warmth to the program despite the distance, creating a proximity between me the peer and the mentor."
"It was great to be able to interact, practice and connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs. The learnings and tools I've learned at the program will help me in my current project which is related to the participation of women in a refugees-can-code initiative."
"I really enjoyed the program, the content and the ability to practice along the way with a peer and a strong support from the mentors made all the difference. "
“Design Sprints proved to be a valuable tool for accelerating our early-stage, service-driven innovation initiatives. The Design Sprint School team and approach have been instrumental in helping us create the environment and the internal capacity to run our Service Design Sprints for internal Ventures and for running Co-innovation at our Cisco Innovation Centers around the world”
"I rediscovered the energy I felt years ago during Stanford's Ignite in the first design thinking training I did"
"The Design Sprint helped us find an alternative business model and revenue stream and we ended up pivoting the business. Huge impact on our startup in such a short period of time. Business changing experience"
Since we've pioneered Service Design Sprints in 2014 we've been busy teaching both the MVS and the GV Design Sprint models to product developers around the globe. Our diverse community of alumni Design Sprint Masters includes startups in Silicon Valley, small businesses in Latin America, innovation powerhouses like Cisco in the USA, government agencies in Malaysia, tech giants in Japan, and the list goes on. The Design Sprint School is a direct result of these learning and teaching experiences collected during such complexity-rich and culturally diverse engagements.
Our mentors are seasoned Sprint Masters with vast experience in running Design Sprints all around the globe. They are thought leaders and professionals coming from different backgrounds. They carry the Sprint Master Certification and are also certified by institutions like the Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g) and other renown User Experience educational groups worldwide.
Our Student Experience team is responsible for handling the on-boarding, on-going, and graduation experiences. They are here to guarantee all our students have the materials they need to succeed, as well as resolving any issues our students might have.
As the author for the program and lead mentor, Tenny is always present in the live edition to interact with students, challenge them, answer questions and coach the other mentors to make sure they do a great job in guiding our students through the Bootcamp experience. He is also in charge of the mentor reviewing process for the DIY program. Check his Bio below.