Design Sprints Are Snake Oil
Erika Hall
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Could this post be somewhat in response to this post:
https://medium.muz.li/user-research-is-overrated-6b0fe101d41#.vvxo841ld

I have run 4 design sprints and while I am no expert, the biggest issue for me is getting product owners and business-y types to truly commit (both in time and participation). Design sprints will never replace the value of research. We spend a good portion of our first day (Monday) presenting research on our users that we’ve gathered in preparation for the sprint itself.

I disagree with the commenter who said sprints take longer than a week. If they are taking more than a week, your problem statement is too broad, there is too much discussion/getting lost in the weeds or participants are have become too precious about their ideas. You really need a strong facilitator to move things along and force decisions to be made quickly.

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