Workshops & Sprints

"Sprint" or "Design Sprint"?
I prefer to call them just Sprints, as Design Sprint makes it sounds like it's only for designers and about design. Ideally Sprints are a multi-disciplinary effort, and a condensed version of what happens over a series of Agile Sprints.
 

Workshops and Sprints are a great way to kick-start a new initiative, or inject some fresh thinking and cross-disciplinary perspectives into an ongoing effort. They're also a great way for us to get to know one another.

I've set up and facilitated over 50 workshops over the years, for clients of all types, and ranging in size from 10 to over 100 participants. The topic of a workshop is completely customizable, and I'll work with you to refine the focus up-front (getting the breadth of the focus right at the start is critical to success). But common topics include:

  • Jump-start innovative thinking on a new project
  • Immerse a team in research findings and start ideation
  • Rapidly ideate, prototype and get user feedback on a concept
  • Forge alignment between stakeholders on a "wicked problem"

Session formats

 

1-2 Days

Good for quick bursts of new ideas, team bonding, creating momentum.

 

3-5 Days

A customized longer session, or following the Google Sprint process

 
 

What does your team need to help it achieve escape velocity?

 
 

What makes for a successful workshop or Sprint?

  • Pre-planning to get agree on the "Goldilocks" focus - not too broad, not too narrow - and on what the objectively defined outcomes are.
  • A mixture of disciplines, seniorities, roles, levels of expertise, so there are lots of perspectives looking intensively at the same problem.
  • Structured agenda...that's also flexible as needs arise during the session.
  • Structured ideation activities, because just telling people to "invent" from a blank sheet a paper is a recipe for disappointment.
  • Supportive executive sponsorship that is aligned on the goals, outcomes, and expectations about what can be achieved in the timeframe.

past Workshops

A sampling of workshops for corporations and NGO's that I've set up and facilitated:

30+ workshops for clients at frog design, including:

  • Intel
  • NASA
  • Microsoft (100+ people)
  • Hitachi

Haas School of Business Executive Education Program

American University of Mongolia

World Economic Forum, San Francisco

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona

i7 Summit, Paris

IESE Global Executive MBA program

 

Speaking Engagements

I've spoken at conferences worldwide on innovation, design, and business:

TEDx Taipei

LIFT conference, Geneva

The Next Web Conference, Amsterdam

Interviewed for Temkin Group's report on "Humanizing Digital Interactions"

Interviewed for the Commanding Business podcast about my book and wicked problems

ITT Corporation Annual Leadership Summit

Online Publishing Association Annual Summit

Autodesk University Annual User Conference

Salesforce.com Design Series