Design thinking sprints consolidate projects that typically take months into a few days by using design thinking tools and mindsets to tackle a challenge quickly, creatively, and collaboratively. Originally made popular by Google with their 5-day format, we believe that the design sprint structure should be customized for the challenge at hand.

Who It’s For

Our Design Thinking Sprint Intensive is great for teams and organizations who want to get some hands on practice using design thinking to address a real business challenge with real business results. If you’re looking to learn how design thinking can help your team tackle projects more quickly and effectively, this training is for you. We’ve taught design thinking sprints on manufacturing floors, in retail stores, and online with teams across the globe. No matter your industry—or where your team is working from—the design thinking sprint framework can be applied to any challenge that needs a dose of creative thinking and collaboration.

What You’ll Learn

  • A wide range of design thinking tools and best practices to use in your organization, including customer empathy-building activities, insight development frameworks, creative ideation techniques, and rapid prototyping tools
  • A common language and toolkit of activities to accelerate projects
  • An in-depth understanding of the design thinking process and how to use it on a real business problem
  • Experience facilitating design tools and activities and receiving feedback from peers
  • How to better collaborate with your team as you work

How You’ll Learn It

During the Design Thinking Sprint Intensive, participants will be learning as they work on a real business challenge (to be defined prior to the training workshop) and generate real solutions.

Over the course of the workshop, your team will explore the challenge, develop insights, get inspired and generate creative ideas, develop prototypes to test your assumptions, and share those prototypes with customers for feedback. At the end of the training, not only will you have more confidence with Design Thinking, but you’ll also have some vetted concepts that are ready for further refinement and possible implementation.

The four-day learning experience is currently offered virtually (more on the virtual training experience here), and looks something like this:

Day 1

Customer Empathy: Develop empathy to better understand the problem through research with real customers and stakeholders.

Day 2

Insights + Problem Framing: Develop insights from the data collected using frameworks such as personas, affinity maps, and journey maps. Frame the problem based on the research and customer insights.

Day 3

Ideate + Experiment: Generate solutions to address the problem using a variety of creative prompts and stimulus. Identify key assumptions to develop an experiment plan and rapidly develop prototypes to test with customers.

Day 4

Customer Feedback: Share your prototypes with real customers and stakeholders! Learn how to translate customer feedback into iterations.

Sprint Planning: Learn how to map the appropriate design thinking activities to the problem you’re trying to solve with TDG’s Sprint Planning Toolkit.

Can’t get everyone together for four days? Drop us a note and we can share info about alternative formats.


Optional Add-Ons

Our trainings are pretty great on their own, but to enhance the experience we also offer the following add-ons:

  • Custom Toolkits: To add inspiration and practicality to the session, we can custom design a set of design thinking tools and inspiration for participants to use long after the workshop ends. Kits can include relevant reading, field tools, and supplies.
  • Remote Refreshers: In a series of one-hour remote video calls with training participants, we’ll reinforce key learnings, guide people through leading design thinking experiments, and allow time for Q+ A.

*Add-ons require an additional 2-3 weeks’ notice to coordinate. Pricing varies depending on the number of add-ons and volume.

Nitty Gritty

  • Format 4 day workshop
  • Participants Up to 20 people
  • Instructors Taught by 2 lead trainers from The Design Gym
  • Location Virtual, wherever you are
  • Materials Materials and supplies included
  • PDFs Digital copies of all workshop materials included
  • Happy Hour Happy hour to close out the first day (optional, but recommended!)
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Next Steps

If you’re interested in learning more or ready to bring us to your team, drop us a note below.

    The process that follows will look something like this:

    1. Sign off on the the training scope
    2. Onboarding call to align on the sprint challenge
    3. Coordinate customers or stakeholders for research and feedback sessions; customize inspiration and stimulus according to the challenge.
    4. Finalize logistics (participants, venue/tech platforms, supplies, etc.)
    5. Deliver the training and celebrate with high-fives!

    The facilitators were truly excellent and did an amazing job. In my professional opinion, they set the bar for what all of our facilitators should be measured by. While I realize that a Design Thinking class should involve a lot of activities and learner participation, I think Andy and Erin went above and beyond in keeping the class engaged…from the “Energize” activities to the great discussions in the room.

    Client Services Manager

    Client Services Manager


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