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I'm going to use the Sprint checklists every time I run a workshop from now on.
This book is notable for the things it leaves out of the design process.
An example is brainstorming. At one point in history, every collaborative design activity had to involve brainstorming Jake and team actually discourage spending time brainstorming in Sprint. After some reflection, I'm starting to see the wisdom of leaving it out.
This doesn't mean they discourage creative or divergent thinking, only that classic brainstorming as a group can create unwanted digressions.
Another Design collaboration staple Jake leaves on the cutting room floor is creating exhaustive documentation and analysis of every step in the Design Sprint process. He promotes focusing the documentation work on the product prototypes, and user feedback which is very wise advice.
There's a lot to like about the book, but I'll start with the tone. It suits the methodology perfectly - it's energetic, it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, and it is direct. It's a refreshing read and has the effect of making you want to try the process right away.
From a format perspective, the book is primarily laid out according to the five days of a sprint which further helps with its applicability. The five main sections of the book cover each of the five days of a sprint with practical tips, lessons, and real world examples embedded throughout.
The content will feel familiar to those versed in design thinking...but entirely accessible to those who are not. Much of what is contained in the book will strike you as a very sensible approach; however, in practice you often see the exact opposite applied and groupthink and inaction typically reign. And that's where the book shines. It really gives you a roadmap for applying this process, that once underway and properly facilitated, will feel like it's the method you should use to navigate those really tricky business challenges. Sprint reveals a simple but profoundly powerful approach to making progress and determining next steps without guessing.
Read this book!
That said, after stumbling over that initial terminology of 'same word-different meaning' and the somewhat-less-than-generous "I invented this!!" claim without a tip of the hat to all the great people who led the way, I did really enjoy the book. Jake has immense experience and has developed a beautifully structured design-build process that we can put immediately to use that is simpler to implement than a fully-featured scrum team. Thanks, Jake!
The Design Sprint is an efficient and meaningful way of working that takes its roots in Agile, Design Thinking and Lean UX.
So far, Designers have been lacking a proper methodology and Jake Knapp managed to find the perfect recipe to kickstart a project in a matter of days.
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