Design sprints are one way of designing, refining and testing ideas quickly and with rigour. They’re perfect for multidisciplinary teams and encourage a user-centred approach. They’re also intense — this is a sprint, not a walk. So the chance to practice one is valuable.
This workshop will introduce some of the ideas and techniques we’ve used at the BBC as we’ve carried out design sprints. We’ll share some techniques across each of the main stages of a design sprint — understanding, diverging, and converging, whilst also talking about the importance of prototyping and design research.
Design sprints offer a democratic way of developing ideas. It’s gruelling. But sprinting can be an inclusive process. Different experts bring their perspective to shape the way ideas evolve — if you can use a sticky note and a pen, you’re welcome. We’ve always included a range of disciplines. As well as designers, information architects and researchers from the design team, we include editorial colleagues, product managers, engineers and testers. Everyone has a role to play and has an opportunity for their voice to be heard.
Your host for the session
Cyrièle is a Senior User Experience Architect at the BBC. She started working in creative agencies as a back-end / front-end developer, before turning to user experience design and project management 7 years ago, in order to get involved earlier into production. It’s only when she moved to the UK in 2013 that she specialised in UX Design and Information Architecture. She <3 data, is obsessed with semantics, and she loves designing systems to solve issues, whether it’s at work or at home. She’s also known for having a very long cat.
Luisa is a User Experience Architect at the BBC, working with the BBC’s Responsive Web News Team. She likes logic, pragmatism and understanding the ‘what' and the ‘why' before tackling the ‘how'. She can often be heard ranting about something “that just makes no sense!”. She loves sushi and jelly beans and her pet hates are tupperware and iTunes.
Rob is a User Experience Architect at the BBC, working on the BBC’s Global Experience Language (GEL). Prior to the BBC, he spent 7 years with a niche provider of meaningful travel experiences, constructing the IA for CRMs, flight bookings and event management systems. He has not (yet) written any industry books, nor has he sat on any boards, however he did once read from his childhood diaries on stage in London’s West End. He is a Computer Science Graduate of Manchester University and enjoys food, music and all things geeky.