Schedule a kick-off call
At least a week before
From the learnings we made, confirm a medium of where to source testers, and confirm the number of testers.
Send preparation materials
We wrote a Design Sprint Guide. Send it to the client.
Understand who will we be participating
- Get a list of participants, names, titles, responsibilities, etc.
- Which part of the product is each participant responsible for?
Understand ideal customer
- Target demographics
- Opinions they might have on their ideal demographics * This will help us (OK GROW!) ask questions to that demographic regarding the idea before Day 1 and form our own opinions
If sprint is on an existing product
- Links to their current product/app/website
- Any analytics on the current product
- Understand the product
- What is the impact of the product on your existing business
- What do you want the users to do with your app (success criteria)
- Why doesn’t it currently work? What is it not accomplishing for your current users?
Hand pick exercises based on our learnings to get the best outcome
Example: If it’s an existing app we are working on, we should include
User Journey Mapexercise.
New product? More mind maps
Difficulty detailing target demographic? More personas
Ensure that we have supplies
- Whiteboard / large paper
- Sticky notes
- Dot stickers
Prepare to create capture document
Create an empty document from the template and prepare to fill it out throughout the week.
Tips on snacks and how to keep the energy up throughout the day:
- The obvious one is reduce high carb, late lunches
- Stay hydrated
- Be very precise on when to take breaks: make sure that everyone knows when breaks happen so everyone can focus on the sprint.