Design Sprint
A Practical Guidebook for Building Great Digital Products
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2015
Pages: 272

With more than 500 new apps entering the market every day, what does it take to build a successful digital product? You can greatly reduce your risk of failure with design sprints, a process that enables your team to prototype and test a digital product idea within a week. This practical guide shows you exactly what a design sprint involves and how you can incorporate the process into your organization.

Design sprints not only let you test digital product ideas before you pour too many resources into a project, they also help everyone get on board—whether they’re team members, decision makers, or potential users. You’ll know within days whether a particular product idea is worth pursuing.

Design sprints enable you to:

  • Clarify the problem at hand, and identify the needs of potential users
  • Explore solutions through brainstorming and sketching exercises
  • Distill your ideas into one or two solutions that you can test
  • Prototype your solution and bring it to life
  • Test the prototype with people who would use it
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not indispensible

By Aaron Grossman

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Short read. Moderately effective overview of the "Design Sprint" process. Has a few interesting insights and brainstorm formats. Nothing earth-shattering, but an OK introduction to the idea.

Several editing errors in the Kindle version, which got frustrating and distracting; I haven't checked the print copy yet.

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EXCELLENT GUIDE!

By Kory

from New York, NY

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    Comments about oreilly Design Sprint:

    This guide book does an excellent job on delivering a very high level of detail on design sprints written by three of the industry experts. It doesn't need to go in to providing more examples or case studies..that is what you're supposed to get out of the book..otherwise it would be a case study book, and what good would that be to anyone? Overall, this is a great read and provides the foundation to take the principles presented and apply it to your own projects. Highly recommend!

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    A Good Primer

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    from San Diego, CA

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    I think this book does a good job on delivering a higher level of detail on design sprints than you can find readily available in various blog posts and videos on the web. However, I definitely feel it could go much further in providing real world examples and end-to-end case studies of this technique applied in various projects (e.g. - web site, software, etc.) and various business settings (e.g. - agency, internal, etc.).

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    This book will save you time, and money!

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        Comments about oreilly Design Sprint:

        Design Sprints is the perfect read for anyone looking to embrace the "fail fast, and forward" mentality. I have had the benefit of going through an design sprint with C. Todd and I can say that he has put all of his secrets in this book, leaving nothing out (honestly C. Todd, you could have kept some secrets for yourself ;)). When you buy this book you are literally getting a roadmap to successful execution. There is a beautiful simplicity to the concepts laid out, and if you are willing to trust in the process, you will not be sorry with the results. In today's world it's really not a question anymore of "can I build it," but rather "should I build it." By executing a successful Design Sprint you can make that determination without dumping a whole lot of money into building something no one wants, and focus your energy on building something amazing.

        Absolutely worth the read!

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