Design Sprint Kit Template
Facilitate a Design Sprint with this ready-to-use kit. This kit helps your team collectively design, prototype, and test ideas around your product over just five days.
About the Design Sprint Kit Template
With the right strategic approach, five days is all it takes to address your biggest product challenges. That’s the thinking behind the Design Sprint methodology. This Design Sprint Kit Template is complete with prepared whiteboards and sprint supplies, making it especially useful for remote Design Sprint facilitators.
What is a Design Sprint?
A Design Sprint is a framework developed by Google and made popular by a group of designers working at Google Ventures. It is a five-day process for a sprint team to build and test a prototype. During a 5-Day Design Sprint, the team designs, prototypes, and tests ideas without building a finished product. The aim is to reduce the risks of launching a new product. With five uninterrupted days of design thinking, teams can answer important business questions based on insights from a realistic prototype.
What are the five stages of a Design Sprint?
A Design Sprint is split up into five stages, with different activities for each stage:
Day 1: Understand. In the first stage, you map out the problem. This is to better understand the issue at hand and choose where to place your focus. This stage includes performing competitor research, creating user personas, and understanding the overall business requirements.
Day 2: Sketch. The second stage involves sketching different solutions to the problem. The team participates in some collaborative brainstorming and puts their ideas down on paper.
Day 3: Decide. The third day is dedicated to decision-making. The team needs to make a collective decision around which innovative solutions to pursue. The chosen sketches are turned into a storyboard that lays out how you are going to create your prototype.
Day 4: Prototype. This stage is for your team to build a prototype based on your storyboard. This includes creating wireframes and focusing on the customer-facing aspects of your product.
Day 5: Validate. The final day is for testing your prototype with customers. By watching them interact with your product, you can gain valuable user feedback to improve your product or service before they're deployed.
Why use the Design Sprint Kit Template?
This Design Sprint Kit Template is your resource pack or toolkit to facilitate your team through a Design Sprint. It has all the tools, structures, boards, and features you need to encourage collaborative, creative thinking within your team.
The template is already categorized into different phases of a Design Sprint, saving facilitators time and effort. The pre-formatting makes it easier for you to kick off your sprint whenever you’re ready.
From day one, the design team can get stuck into the “How Might We” or HMW method. Instead of using a Sharpie and physical post-its, capture your HMW and User Journey Step notes digitally. From important design insights to user feedback, all your team’s ideas are safely captured in one collaborative space.
Remote Design Sprint Facilitators can use this kit to maintain the spirit of a co-located Design Sprint by using virtual Sprint supplies and prepared whiteboards. Whether your design team is in the same room or working remotely, this template fosters open communication.
Bonus: product teams can also use the kit to digitally document all of the sticky notes and paper used during a co-located Design Sprint.
What do you get with the Design Sprint Kit?
Here’s what you can look forward to using with this kit:
How Might We sticky notes
User journey steps sticky notes
Top insight notes
Colored positive and negative user feedback sticky notes
HMW Clusters (for expert interview notes review and voting)
User Journey Map Template
Art Gallery (to display Tuesday’s sketches and voting)
User Feedback board (to capture user feedback on Friday’s prototype)
What is the difference between Design Thinking, Agile Sprints, and Design Sprints?
Design Thinking is a problem-solving approach developed in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This problem-solving methodology focuses on addressing a problem from a customer perspective.
Agile is a methodology based on the values and principles laid out in the Agile manifesto from 2001. It was originally designed for software development and project management. The Agile methodology includes several types of frameworks, such as Scrum and Kanban. These Agile frameworks include sprints, which last between one and four weeks.
The Design Sprint framework is derived from both Design Thinking and Agile. It is a prescriptive approach to tackling a product design problem. Design Sprints use design thinking-inspired methods but compress prototyping and user research into just five days. It was first developed at Google in 2010 by Jake Knapp. It was made popular in 2016 by John Zeratsky and other GV designers in their book, Sprint.
4 L's Retrospective Template
Works best for:
Retrospectives, Decision Making
So you just completed a sprint. Teams busted their humps and emotions ran high. Now take a clear-eyed look back and grade the sprint honestly—what worked, what didn’t, and what can be improved. This approach (4Ls stand for liked, learned, lacked, and longed for) is an invaluable way to remove the emotion and look at the process critically. That’s how you can build trust, improve morale, and increase engagement—as well as make adjustments to be more productive and successful in the future.
Works best for:
Agile Methodology, Meetings, Retrospectives
The Sailboat Retrospective is a low-pressure way for teams to reflect on how they handled a project. By defining your risks (the rocks), delaying issues (anchors), helping teams (wind), and the goal (land), you’ll be able to work out what you’re doing well and what you need to improve on for the next sprint. Approaching team dynamics with a sailboat metaphor helps everyone describe where they want to go together by figuring out what slows them down and what helps them reach their future goals.
Cost-Benefit Analysis Template
Works best for:
Leadership, Decision Making, Strategic Planning
With so many day-to-day decisions to make—and each one feeling high-stakes—it’s easy for all the choices to weigh a business or organization down. You need a systematic way to analyze the risks and rewards. A cost benefit analysis gives you the clarity you need to make smart decisions. This template will let you conduct a CBA to help your team assess the pros and cons of new projects or business proposals—and ultimately help your company preserve your precious time, money, and social capital.
Bang for the Buck Template
Works best for:
Project Management, Strategic Planning, Prioritization
The name pretty much says it—this Agile framework is all about helping you maximize efficiency by powering collaboration between product managers and dev teams. Together you can go over each to-do on the project agenda and evaluate them in terms of costs and benefits. That way you can prioritize tasks based on how much bang for your buck they deliver. This template is great for teams and organizations that want to make a strategic plan to tackle an upcoming sprint.
Reverse Brainstorming Template
Works best for:
Ideation, Brainstorming, Team Meetings
Reverse brainstorming is a technique that prompts a group to think of problems, rather than solutions. Because we naturally think of problems, it’s a great way to get a group to anticipate problems that may occur during a project. To engage in reverse brainstorming, start by identifying the problem, and then think of things that might exacerbate it. Ask your team to generate ideas around ways in which the problem could get worse. Reverse the problems into solutions again, and then evaluate your ideas.
Ansoff Matrix Template
Works best for:
Leadership, Operations, Strategic Planning
Keep growing. Keep scaling. Keep finding those new opportunities in new markets—and creative new ways to reach customers there. Sound like your approach? Then this template might be a great fit. An Ansoff Matrix (aka, a product or market expansion grid) is broken into four potential growth strategies: Market Penetration, Market Development, Product Development, and Diversification. When you go through each section with your team, you’ll get a clear view of your options going forward and the potential risks and rewards of each.