Design Sprint is more than just a race against time

Published March 29 2021
Mélissa Henriquez, Product Owner
Mélissa Henriquez
Product Owner
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In today’s highly competitive and ever-changing business environment, companies must adapt their operations and meet new challenges faster than ever. Design sprints (inspired by Jake Knapp of Google) are gaining popularity among organizations of all sizes to accelerate the ideation and problem-solving process. This approach developed in 2014 leverages the time pressure that the entire industry is under to boost the implementation of innovative digital solutions.

Getting off on the right foot

For Alithya, the design sprint process involves guiding the client through a rapid sequence of complementary activities and workshops. This kind of strategic coaching helps companies identify their needs and clearly establish their priorities to find the solutions best suited to their digital challenges.

By gaining a better overview of their situation and an informed outside perspective, our clients can reduce the risks involved in developing a new product or solving a potentially costly issue. In addition, by laying a stronger foundation at the design stage, they increase the added value at each stage of the process.

Multiple steps

The design sprint is broken down into several progressive steps and typically begins with a kick-off meeting to explain the proposed activities and workshops. Although a program consisting of five to six workshops is suggested, the structure of the process can vary depending on the project. Each step has a clearly defined objective:

  • Understanding: This first step consists in determining the constraints and challenges of a component or project, especially for users.
  • Sketching: In close collaboration with Alithya, the client’s team looks for potential solutions. This involves conceptualizing and designing features and functionalities.
  • Decision: The solutions that will add the most value to the project are selected.
  • Prototype: In a single day, the team builds a template to be tested by users. That simple and quick model will help validate the assumptions.
  • Validation: The team assesses the viability of the proposed ideas through user feedback. The roadmap template is developed during this last step.

The finish line

At the end of the process, Alithya provides the client with a document summarizing the findings and results of each step. The team makes final recommendations that include estimates and high-level models. These proposals are aligned with the priorities established at the beginning of the process, which adds value to the project development framework.

The client benefits from an informed overview of each aspect of the venture, as well as guidance on implementing their solution. Thanks to the functional prototype and the roadmap developed by Alithya, the client can be sure that all their teams are working towards the same goal. The design sprint provides a solid foundation and outside expertise before starting a major project.