The Design Sprint basics
Just a quick recap of what a design sprint is: at Alion it's a process to solve big challenges quickly, develop new products or expand existing products. This way projects that usually take months to finish, will be comprised to just four to five days. This will save you a lot of time and money. But above all, the result will be available quick so you'll be in business fast. It's the perfect way of working for anticipating new opportunities. My colleague Stephen tells you all about it in this article about Design Sprints.
Intense cooperation, from offline to online
In most cases, especially with new clients, it's good to meet 'in real life' first. At our office in the city of Delft or at the office of our client to get a taste of the company vibe. Sometimes an intense week of cooperation in a single office is required, but some situations make it hard to realise this. Think of long commutes, personal injuries or an extreme situation like this COVID 19 thing we have going on right now. These situations call for a different approach. An approach in which we look at the essence of a physical meetup and what is needed to achieve the same results. It means we keep the general setup of the Design Sprint intact, but translate it to a 100% remote approach.
Digital tools for Design Sprints
Video calls and virtual white boards are our pillars for remote working. For our video calls we use either Google Hangouts, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Whichever our client prefers. Our white board and post-it addictions can also still be satisfied in these times with Miro. It's the best 1 on 1 digital alternative for these commonly used brainstorming materials. It might secretly even be better than the real deal!
These applications are means to continue existing cooperations online. The strength of it is in the approach: we do not want to lose the speed and efficiency of our Design Sprints. To be honest, we can guard these even better than usual using these tools, we can schedule our planning better and make everyone gets the same ammount of time to give their input. The big advantage of this is that we have more time, so we can involve even more stakeholders than before - whether it's one or more of our colleagues, a project member from our client or one of our client's customers. Working remote makes it way easier for anyone to participate in calls, from anywhere, at any time.