I met folks running dedicated design sprint departments. I met a manager whose team have facilitated over fifty sprints in the last year alone. I even met people who are using sprints to prototype organisational change. This is inspiring stuff, and a valuable reminder of how versatile this format this can be.
The big takeaways for me were around facilitation. Jake reminded us that the barrier to a great product is not always the design or technology. Often it’s the organisation’s habits and culture which stand in the way of cross–functional collaboration. To tackle this, Jake focuses on designing the group's time, as opposed to the product itself. Do this right and we give the permission and structure from which great things emerge.
My colleague Jon shared his reflections with me.
Attendee Charles Reynolds-Talbot published his own take on the day's events.
And, I'm pleased to say, Jake enjoyed himself too.
We’re so pleased that the event was a success and are planning on repeating the workshop in 2018. To register your interest, please email our Events Manager Alis.
Jake’s workshop is part of the Clearleft Presents series, a new programme of workshops led by some of the biggest and brightest names in tech industry.
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