What is a design sprint?
If you're a d.school fellow, it's a way to launch your project into a new phase. Starting in January, fellows will ramp up their work by incorporating their fellow fellows into their projects. Each fellow will synthesize the work they've done so far, develop a schedule and lead their colleagues through a sprint they design.
A quick reminder: We have eight fellows this year, most working on a project relating to K-12 education or health care. Recently, the fellows came together for an all-day studio session to plan for their sprints. Here's how they'll work:
- Two fellows at a time will be have three weeks for a specific project, each leading a team of three other fellows.
- Each week will have three days when each team will work together.
- Each fellow will have a day to launch in the beginning and then, at the end, a day dedicated to sharing and another to reflection. The teamwork will happen largely in between.
Each fellow used a tool (see the whiteboard layout above) to help craft their design sprint. The loose framework is meant to focus them on their project and highlight what they plan to do, who will be involved, where they plan to be and how they'll go about it.
The whiteboard (first image shown above) is divided into three weeks, with each week divided into three days of team work. Each day is then subdivided into four categories of action: what, how, who and where. The board also includes space for fellows to articulate the "why" of their sprint: what it's about, what their process needs accomplish, and what, ultimately, they're going to use their team to do.
If you're engaging in your own design sprint and use this framework, let us know how it goes. We'll do the same when our fellows hit the field.