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Always Be Capturing

Always Be Capturing

If you’ve wanted to run your own design sprint, you can always hire The Design Gym…but frankly you can do it yourself if you have enough Creative Confidence!

There are lots of great resources on the web, but DesignStaff.org from Google ventures has some great stuff. This article is about how to keep your meetings moving forward by keeping them visual. If you want to get some practice before you try it out, we have a class on Visual Recording coming up in March. Some critical points:

1. If you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen. Don’t trust yourself or your team to remember your great ideas. Write them on a post-it, a whiteboard or take pictures with your phone and have a shared folder

2. Appoint a facilitator: having someone who’s *job* it is to do the pre- and post-meeting work to collect and arrange some of these team-shared resources and agendas is essential

3. War Rooms: If you can, maintain a project room. This can allow some visual memory from meeting to meeting, instead of having to erase everything. Substitures are shared asana lists, trello boards or straight up google docs.

If you need other things to “always be” doing, besides closing, read Danny Meyers’ book Setting the Table. He talks about always “collecting dots” and “connecting dots”, a great metaphor for developing a designer’s mindset.

One Comment

  • Dan on Mar 15, 2014 Reply

    I would recommend checking out GTD Agenda.com for an online GTD manager.

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote, and also comes with mobile-web version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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