5 Ways Design Sprints Are Jet Fuel for Your Project

The beginning of a project is the most difficult part of a new initiative for many clients. Modern development offers options with many potential applications making it difficult to turn into an actionable set of features when approaching a new initiative.

Britton Russell
Feb 5, 2019
2 min read
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The beginning of a project is the most difficult portion of a new initiative for many of our existing clients. The options that modern development can offer have so many potential applications that they are often difficult to turn into an actionable set of features when approaching a new initiative.

Our design sprints were created to address this need, breaking down any project into a reasonable scope and a list of actionable items before development begins.

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1. A Working Prototype

At the conclusion of the design sprint, clients are left with a tangible, high fidelity prototype that allows for interaction with the core path that matters the most to their users. This is useful both to understand what the finished product will be, and to show other stakeholders in the project what a digital solution would look like.

2. Low Risk & Fast Iterations

Design sprints are a low-cost, exploratory process that can give a lot of insight into the viability of the idea before committing to a full build. This approach allows for a much lower risk if a project either needs a different approach or could use a few more design iterations.

By proofing out ideas quickly, the design sprint can determine results before sinking a huge amount of time and money into a full development build.

3. A Clear Vision of Interactions

The design sprint process allows ideas to be turned into the skeleton of an app. By examining how a user is likely to interact with a set path of the interface, then common paths can be mapped out and turned into development objectives. This helps determine the core functionality that should be prioritized to get to a working demo sooner.

4. The User Comes First

A design sprint will explore a variety of different ways a user can interact with an app, letting you focus your energy on individual paths that are most crucial to your users. This lays out the priorities and aligns your team to kickstart the minimum viable product (MVP) for a project.

5. Batteries Included

A the end, you keep everything. The prototype, the user flow, and all the insights are yours.

The user journey determined by the design sprint can be engaged with Quantum Mob or used with an existing internal team. This allows the discoveries and prototypes that have been made in the process to be easily turned into a full-fledged product in whichever way makes the most sense for you.

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Final Thoughts

  • This process allows ideas to be explored and developed without major time or capital investments.

  • It is a great tool to get the ball rolling on an idea and build internal support around something they can see and play with.

  • If issues are discovered, it is easy to address them and perform iterations until everything is well thought out and the vision is clear for all.

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