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Design Sprints on Steroids

November 15th - 10am to 6pm

About the workshop

»How to solve big problems in a cross functional team with a structured step-by-step-method on lightning speed.«

When it comes to creative problem solving there are a lot of methods, formats and techniques available. User experience, service design and design thinking communities have given us a lot of help to solve problems with the user and the business in mind.But how can we combine the right methods and bring them together in a format that fits the busy business schedule of product development teams? The design sprint method invented by Google employees is one of the best bets for this case. But even the 5-day-schedule of the original design, the sprint is not always tight enough for busy team members.

In this hands-on boot camp, we will have a deep look in to the building blocks of the design sprint process and will conduct a compressed design sprint of one and two half days. Participants must be willing to prepare some upfront work at home (~2 hours) and complete some user research at the conference on the day after the workshop.

We will learn how to understand lean methods around users and their journeys, business problem identification, ideation, prototyping and user research.

After the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of each phase and the building blocks of the sprint design process
  • Pick the right combination of methods for their specific problem
  • Conduct a design sprint for their own company

Who should attend

Every Product Manager, Product Owner, UX Designer, Innovation Manager, Digital Transformation Manager, Head or VP of related business areas that want to learn a structured way to solve their problems. A design sprint and its methods can be used for all types of problems ranging from disruptive innovation challenges to specific UX design problems.

About the host

Niels Anhalt has over 20 years experience in methodologies around brand, user and customer experience, service design and business consulting gained in 200+ digital projects for companies of varying branches and sizes.

In 2021 he founded a startup building a digital service platform to help facilitating asynchronous workshops. Formerly he worked as Director Innovation & Creativity and Director of Digital Business & Company Building at nexum AG, a leading digital consultancy and agency.

He is helping clients like EnBW, BMW, Carglass, Coop Switzerland and HABA on strategic challenges as well as strategic CX problems. His passion is solving business problems by focusing on human needs and using technology in a creative way.


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