Product Design Sprint the Designstaff Way

After finishing all the assessment activities at the end of the academic year, I made a fresh start on my Inclusive Design project, working on the interface using a design process developed by Google’s Designstaff.


The Designstaff sprint is a full design cycle that can be completed in just 5 days:

Before the sprint: Prepare
Get the people and things you need.

Day 1: Understand
Dig into the design problem through research, competitive review, and strategy exercises.

Day 2: Diverge
Rapidly develop as many solutions as possible.

Day 3: Decide
Choose the best ideas and hammer out a user story.

Day 4: Prototype
Build something quick and dirty that can be shown to users.

Day 5: Validate
Show the prototype to real humans (in other words, people outside your company) and learn what works and what doesn’t work.

Today I am prototyping, so those results will come later, but for now I can show you the little ‘beautiful mind’ setup I produced on days 1-3. (Not to mean I would be a genius like John Nash, but more like the method of trying to create order out of chaos)


The ‘blue path’ is the most interesting one, which I am prototyping right now, to show to two SMEs in IT tomorrow and the day after.

The story goes like this:

  1. The user (SME IT) sees a poster detailing ‘Reasons for Inclusive Design’ and decides it is something or their business
  2. The QR-code on the poster leads to a mobile app, which asks a few questions to be able to give the user a custom-made user research method
  3. This method is then generated, and when it is ready, shown to the user as a step-by-step process. This process will include a mix between paper and digital guidance, such as shopping lists, interview questions, tips for taking notes, scanning notes, capturing small bits of audio and video, etc, etc.
  4. During the process, the time needed is shown for the current task, as well as the remaining part of the process.
  5. At the end, all the guidance and user-generated content is collected in a template for a pdf-booklet, that can be shared online or printed out. It can be used to tell about the research, learn for next time, or show clients your way of working.

Have a look at the wireframe prototype in the next post.

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