One of the topics at Bene Agere University was how Bene Agere can use new methods and frameworks to help our clients solve critical business question –  focusing particularly on the Design Sprint!

A Design Sprint is a fivephase process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping and testing ideas with customers – and is ideal when you want to solve business problems quickly!

During Bene Agere University* Haakon, one of our analysts with the most Design Sprint experience, shared his knowledge with the rest of the team. The Design sprint session started with an introduction to the concept and the various stages of a sprint. Haakon explained when and how the framework can be applied and gave examples and reflections from using the Sprint in client projects.

*Bene Agere University is held twice a year to ensure competence development and knowledge sharing within Bene Agere.

Here Haakon Utby introduces the Design Sprint framework to the team who later got to practice it first-hand

To perform a sprint, you need a dedicated team of no more than seven people. The team should consist of people who can bring sufficient expertise to the table, a decisions maker with long-term interest in the question, and a facilitator.

The ideal timeframe for a Design Sprint is 5 days – one day for each Design Sprint phase

Understand – 
Map out the problems and create a shared brain.
Sketch –  Generate a broad range of ideas and narrow down to a select group.
Decide – Determine what to prototype to answer your sprint questions.
Prototype –  Build only what you need to validate your ideas in a very short time frame.
Validate  – Test with users and get valuable feedback.

After the introduction the Bene Agere team got to test the various elements of the framework to solve internal business quetions –  it turns out that the Design Sprint framework combines several elements already familiar to Bene Agere and fits well with our existing methods and approaches for facilitating client workshops and solving business problems!

One of the insight the group was left with was how the Sprint framework combines elements of creative thinking and brainstorming with logical and disciplinary thinking. This enables a team to gain insights and reach their goal quickly!

“The design sprint enables us to help clients solve business problems faster!”

The sprint is ideal when you are facing a critical business question that needs to be solved quickly. It is also helpful for solving defined business questions within the context of larger, more long-term, business transformation projects, to overcome speed bumps and create momentum in the project.

Do you want to learn more about how you can solve your business questions using the design sprint?

Read Haakon’s article ‘Effektiv innovasjon på fem dager! Er det mulig?’. Or contact Shahzad, Haakon or Ingrid for more information!