The Problem Framing Studio

Building Alignment in Your Team

This studio session guides your team through activities to outline “the big why” of the project, the constraints, success criteria, and high-level action planning. You’ll leave in lock-step and a design brief in hand.

This Digital Studio session is for you if…

  • Your team has a high-priority project coming to life and could use a really powerful kick-off to build momentum, energy, and alignment in your team.
  • Your team has gotten several weeks into a project and realized that you’re solving the wrong problem or you’re all solving different problems. (Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us at some point!)
  • You whole-heartedly believe that time spent on good planning up front creates efficiencies in time, money, and people down the road. (If your team doesn’t believe this yet, bring them to this studio session!)

Your teams will work on and leave with the following deliverables:

  • A Project Design Brief that captures the outcomes of each studio session activity and will serve as the north star to align your team throughout the project
  • A Team Project Charter to align the group on rituals, team empathy, and working styles
  • An Action Equation and Plan with a starter set of project activities, milestones, next steps, and owners

Facilitated activities include:

  • Team Empathy: Get to know a new side of your team members to understand how to work best as a team in the studio and beyond
  • Vision of the Future: Aligning on ‘The Big Why’ behind the work and the impact it will have if successful
  • Constraints Mapping: Get clear on the sandbox we can play within, so we don’t waste time other places
  • Solution Mapping: Create a set of design principles to guide ideation based on ‘what’s in’ and ‘what’s out’
  • Metrics Mapping: Name the success metrics and criteria that our team and project are accountable for from a business, customer, and culture perspective
  • Pre-Mortem: Scenario planning for the things that could bring the project to a halt and strategies for mitigating them in advance
  • Action Plan: Map your team’s Action Equation (Time x People x Outcomes) and begin to create a shared project plan

Optional pre-work to super charge your Studio Session:

  • Stakeholder Mapping: Understand the specific people and teams we should amplify and avoid throughout the project (including in this studio session!). We’ll share a template you can use to workshop this activity on your own before coming into the studio.

Interested? Contact us today!

Nitty Gritty

  • 8 hours over 1 day. You pick the date. 8 hours over 1 day. You pick the date.
  • Up to 20 people across 2-4 groups Up to 20 people across 2-4 groups


depending on the number of participants/teams

  • 45-minute pre-session briefing and post-session debrief calls 45-minute pre-session briefing and post-session debrief calls
  • Digital copies of all Studio material and outputs Digital copies of all Studio material and outputs
  • Happy hour to close out the day Happy hour to close out the day

About the Digital Studio

The Design Gym’s Digital Studio is a virtual workshop (as in space to make things). It’s a place to bring your team(s) and get your digital hands dirty tackling priority business challenges with the guidance of our strategy facilitators.

What happens in the Digital Studio?

Your team (or a group of teams) comes together for a guided day of collaborative, accelerated work. We’ll align in advance on the brief and desired outcomes so that your team can focus during your time in the Studio.

How do the Classic Studio Sessions work?

  • Studio Selection: Choose your studio session topic – or multiples! Problem Framing, Problem Solving, and Prototyping can be strung together as a 3-day experience or 3 x 1-day sessions.
  • Scheduling: Select a date(s) that work for your team and ours – we can generally deliver classic studio sessions within two weeks of project sign-off.
  • Onboarding: Meet your TDG facilitators and collaboratively review existing materials, discuss pre-work, and get briefed on what to expect and how to plan for it.
  • Studio Session: On the day of your studio session, the day will largely be spent in focused, facilitated working blocks with plenty of breaks to maintain energy throughout the day. We’ll close the day with a collective debrief and celebratory beer cheers!
  • Debrief: Within 5 days following the session, you’ll get all of the completed deliverables, raw documentation, tools/templates, and shared inspiration from your team’s studio time, so that you can keep momentum going immediately. We’ll set-up time for a debrief discussion and coaching on next steps.

Check out the other Classic Studio Sessions.

Learn more and sign up:

If you’re interested in bringing your team to this Digital Studio session, or customizing a studio session to fit your needs, drop us a note below!


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