July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Design Sprints for Developers

C Todd Lombardo (Fresh Tilled Soil)
1:30pm–5:00pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Design D139/140
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Prerequisite Knowledge

An open mind

Materials or downloads needed in advance

Half/Full Day Tutorial Video below shows a 2.5 hour version. Design sprints can take up to five full days; this will be an intro workshop.

Description

As a developer, you want to write code for something that users love. Design sprints are a time-boxed, disciplined way to get validation on a concept so you write code that gets used and not trashed. This workshop will take you through a mini-design sprint so you can get first-hand experience of what it’s like to participate in one. You’ll walk away with ideas and the knowledge of how to implement these frameworks in your organization.

This workshop will take small groups through each phase. Along the way, we’ll discuss tips and “gotchas” for how to run these in your organization, and hear stories of how other organizations have implemented them.

A design sprint can be broken into five phases:

1) Understand — Discover insights and define the problem — Focusing on the problem that needs to be addressed, what is currently known, and what additional information is necessary.

2) Diverge — Generate solutions — A brainstorming ideation session to generate ideas that solve the challenge(s) identified from your insights.

3) Converge — Rank and select — Examine all of the solutions exposed to the past phases in order to select a single variant to bring to life.

4) Prototype — Build the solution — Make a prototype that can test the core assumptions of the design sprint.

5) Test — Observe customer impact — Learn if your solution solves a problem users have by watching them interact with your prototype.

This workshop will take small groups through each phase. Along the way, we’ll discuss tips and “gotchas” for how to run these in your organization, and hear stories of how other organizations have implemented them.

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C Todd Lombardo

Fresh Tilled Soil

C. Todd Lombardo’s background is grounded in science, engineering, and design. He currently works as an innovation architect at Constant Contact’s InnoLoft. He works with startup as well as internal teams to push the boundaries of the organization with design and innovation. C. Todd is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Madrid’s prestigious IE Business School, where he teaches elective courses on creativity, innovation, design-thinking, and communication.