I believe Sprint offers tremendous expertise on how to form agile teams with the ultimate goal of designing a testable framework and solving critical problems. The sprint is a methodology of development where team members compress their efforts into just one week, during which the team builds a prototype. Member are tasked with answering questions about the feasibility of the business and the development an idea into a product through tool design and testing. I learned how key an organization’s structure and management are to the success of these teams; allowing the teams to focus on their common goal. An effective methodology contributes to a productive brainstorming team, development of conceptual thinking, innovation, business models, design thinking, and more. Within five days, the team applied the simple process steps: understanding and defining a problem, diverging from original methods/ideologies, quick decision-making, effective prototyping and ultimately validation of an idea.

First, the consolidated the team, general manager, product manager, marketing manager, designer, developer, etc must get together. In the first stage of the process the goal is to understand the models and business objectives of the product, the various measures of the success of the product, the capabilities and the challenges and the solutions made possible in the near future. The authors discusses the importance of understanding the customer; often relying on interviews with users with the intention of discovering alternative solutions.

Now, after we have understood the basic concept of the product, the various users can challenge the “standard” design. Team members attempt to implement the user interface of the product as quickly and restriction free as possible. The most popular ideas will continue to the next step of creating the prototype. Google noted that the technique allowed them design a prototype for the Google Glass in just two weeks.

Therefore, the validation of the idea is the final and most important step. The staff will present a brief presentation of the prototypes, test the product with real users and thus provide the insights on which ideas work and which do not. In tests, users are asked different questions that will help us understand what users like and not what they want to improve and whether the ideas they meet the need. Communication of an cutting edge idea is essential in order to reach the production stage.

Another significant component in validating the idea is in leadership of a team or company. Feedback and collaboration is responsible for the success of Sprint, so management should help foster talent by allowing creative and independent thought. Being able to communicate these ideas quickly and effectively is similar to the elevator pitches rehearsed in class, which will often come in handy when meeting with investors. As a leader of a startup team, I think it is essential to show the ability to understand and define a problem, diverge from the norm, make timely decisions, and design & validate with research an idea or prototype. As a late comer to the class, I think this is all helpful for me to consider as I brainstorm independent project options and catch up to speed on my group’s startup.