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 school. We specialize in Design Thinking education and empowerment, with which our founders have over 20 years of experience 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 you on how to build your practice. And change the world with it.
We pledge to educate Sprint Masters, not sprint facilitators. We believe a Sprint Master is not a mere canvas operator. We will teach you robust UX Design, Design Thinking, and Service Design foundations. On the practical side, you will feel like sprinting with a real client.
We are based on Silicon Valley and are continually mentoring and sprinting with Silicon Valley 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%
During the four-week program we will present a balance of theory and practice. Participants will run their own Design Sprint while also playing the role of user for another participant.This is what we call peer designing. With our unique approach to peer designing, you get to ride both sides. You will learn how Sprint Masters and clients feel when participating in a Design Sprint and use that knowledge to make better decisions as a Sprint Master.
The dynamic of the program is self-paced with weekly practices, so you can take your time going through theory and concepts. You will have until the end of each week to upload your practice, give feedback to your peer, and receive feedback from both your peer and the mentor. This is your chance to run your first Design Sprint project with users right off the bat.
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.
You will get paired with a peer and kick-start your Design Sprint during this week.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ideation sessions.
- 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 Design Sprints.
- 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 the exclusive canvases you will 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 are a treasure, they come full of tips and hacks giving you the confidence you need to run your own Design Sprints.
Get the fundamentals on Service Design Sprints with the MVS model
Get the fundamentals on Design Thinking Sprints with the GV model
Learn what goes under the hood of a Design Sprint and take a tour on the tools Sprint Masters use.
100% online with peer and mentor activities (approx. 7h /week).
Lifetime access to the content
Receive the Sprint Master's kit, with exclusive canvases and books.
Get certified and opt in to the lifeline program to mentor new students.
Adjust the Bootcamp to your rhythm.
"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 2014 we have been teaching people of different skill levels and cultures around the globe how to perform Design Sprints. From startup founders in Silicon Valley, to small business owners in Brazil; from innovation powerhouses like Cisco to government agencies in Malaysia. We've been busy, and we know how to prepare you to run your own Design Sprints.
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.
Carolina is our Student Experience wizard. She is responsible for handling the on-boarding, on-going, and graduation experiences. She is here to guarantee all our students have the materials they need to succeed, as well as resolving any issues our students might have. She is also a certified Sprint Master who graduated at the top of her class with a kick-ass Arduino prototype.
Ed is the go-to-guy for enterprise initiatives. No one does enterprise engagement as tailored and emphatically as he does. He is a Sprint Master who you can reach for advice on corporate Design Sprint culture development. Ed has Growth Marketing super powers and is a co-founder of Design Sprint School and the CEO of sprintmaster.co & hivelab.co.