Official 5-Day Design Sprint
The five-day process for solving problems and testing new ideas.
About the official Remote 5-day Design Sprint template
What Is a Design Sprint?
The big idea with the Design Sprint is to build and test a prototype in just five days. You'll take a small team, clear the schedule for a week, and rapidly progress from problem to tested solution using a proven step-by-step checklist. It's like fast-forwarding into the future.
Why use this Design Sprint template
The experts who literally wrote the book on design sprints created this template, just for Miro. First, facilitator Steph Cruchon of Design Sprint Ltd gathered the agency’s combined experience of physical design sprints and looked for ways to make it efficient and enjoyable in a remote setting. At the same time, the creators of the methodology at Google, Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, teamed up with Jackie Colburn to write an in-depth guide to run full five-day remote design sprints.
Together, they created this official template for remote sprints, invested personally in writing crystal clear instructions, and even added new exercises that don’t appear in the Sprint book but were part of their workshops. This template works hand in hand with the book and will help you run excellent 100% remote design sprints.
How to use the Design Sprint template
Using the Design Sprint template is easy. Typically how it works is, the facilitator will prep the event before guiding participants through the one big goal for each day of the sprint – to map, sketch, decide, prototype, or test.
For those new to participating in Design Sprints, one of the biggest challenges will be to trust the process. Remember that times it will be overwhelming but that’s part of the process and it’ll all work out.
Miro’s whiteboard tool is the perfect canvas to use for your design sprint — remotely or in person. Here’s one way to use it when you're preparing for your next sprint:
Get started by selecting this Design Sprint template.
Read the for advice on tools, preparation, facilitation, and modified tactics.
Give the sprint a name. E.g. “User signup flow.”
Clarify the goal of the sprint. E.g. “To improve the user’s experience as they sign up.”
Ensure you get the right people in the room and assign the roles within the team. Make sure to clarify and brief the role of the facilitator and decider in advance.
Then take the template to the session, because you’re ready to get started!
Invite your team to start collaborating, and don’t forget to share the finished product with the wider company. Be sure to tell everyone about the process and help them understand what you’ve explored and learned about the topic.
Design Sprint Kit
With the right focused and strategic approach, five days is all it takes to address your biggest product challenges. That’s the thinking behind Design Sprint methodology. Created by Tanya Junell of Blue Label Labs, this Design Sprint Kit provides a set of lightweight templates that support the Design Sprint’s collaborative activities and voting—and maintains the energy, team spirit, and momentum that was sparked in the session. Virtual sprint supplies and prepared whiteboards make this kit especially useful for remote Design Sprint Facilitators.
While storyboard is typically associated with planning out scenes for a movie or TV show, it’s been widely adopted throughout the business world. A storyboard is a sequence of illustrations that are used to develop a story. You can use the Storyboarding template anytime you’d like to really put yourself in a customer or user’s position and understand how they think, feel, and act. This tactic can be especially useful when you know there’s a problem or inefficiency with an existing process. You can storyboard existing processes or workflows and plan how you would like them to look in the future.
Whether you’re planning a product launch, fully remote conference, or milestone event, the Event Planning Template will act as a visual checklist and map for all the details you need to consider before the big day. The Event Planning Template is an adaptable way to make sure the creative and strategic vision of your event doesn’t get lost in the details. By mapping out different sections - from the marketing plan, to the agenda, to snacks and swag for guests — you and your team can focus on the details most important to your functions, and collaborate as needed when overlaps occur.
Start/ Stop/ Continue Retrospective
Giving and receiving feedback can be challenging and intimidating. It’s hard to look back over a quarter or even a week and parse a set of decisions into “positive” and “negative.” The Start Stop Continue framework was created to make it easier to reflect on your team’s recent experiences. The Start Stop Continue template encourages teams to look at specific actions they should start doing, stop doing, and continue doing. Together, collaborators agree on the most important steps to be more productive and successful.
Ready to get to the root of the problem? There’s no simpler way to do it than the 5 Whys technique. You’ll start with a simple question: Why did the problem happen? Then you’ll keep asking, up to four more times, until the answer becomes clear and you can work toward a solution. And Miro’s features enhance the approach: You can ask team members questions in chat or @mention them in comments, and use color-coded sticky notes to call out issues that are central to the problem at hand.
A user interview is a UX research technique in which researchers ask the user questions about a topic. They allow your team to quickly and easily collect user data and learn more about your users. In general, organizations conduct user interviews to gather background data, to understand how people use technology, to take a snapshot of how users interact with a product, to understand user objectives and motivations, and to find users’ pain points. Use this template to record notes during an interview to ensure you’re gathering the data you need to create personas.