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Wednesday, October 11 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Startup Week Design Sprint Essentials Workshop | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

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Douglas Ferguson of Voltage Control will lead a workshop covering the essential skills to facilitate your own Design Sprint. Obtain a concrete understanding of how Design Sprints work and get hands-on experience running each exercise.

The Design Sprint
The sprint gives teams a shortcut to learning without building and launching.The sprint is a five-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping and testing ideas with customers. Developed at GV, it’s a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more—packaged into a battle-tested process that any team can use.

Working together in a sprint, you can shortcut the endless-debate cycle and compress months of time into a single week. Instead of waiting to launch a minimal product to understand if an idea is any good, you’ll get clear data from a realistic prototype. The sprint gives you a superpower: You can fast-forward into the future to see your finished product and customer reactions, before making any expensive commitments.

This page is a DIY guide for running your own sprint. On Monday, you’ll map out the problem and pick an important place to focus. On Tuesday, you’ll sketch competing solutions on paper. On Wednesday, you’ll make difficult decisions and turn your ideas into a testable hypothesis. On Thursday, you’ll hammer out a high-fidelity prototype. And on Friday, you’ll test it with real live humans.

The Sprint book
“Read this book and do what it says if you want to build better products faster.” —Ev Williams, founder of Medium and Twitter

New York Times best seller Sprint takes you behind the scenes with some of America’s most fascinating startups. You’ll meet a robotics maker searching for the perfect robot personality, a coffee roaster expanding to new markets, a company organizing the world’s cancer data, and Slack, the fastest-growing business app in history.

A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers now.

The design track is curated by Austin Design Week, a week of free workshops, studio tours, talks, events and installations celebrating Austin design November 6-10.

Speakers
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Douglas Ferguson

President, Voltage Control

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SXSW

Hey startups! SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event applications due November 10. Also mark your calendar for the Startup & Tech Sectors track, which runs March 9-15... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor Classroom

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