How to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) without coding? (Stage 0)

How many of you think you need coding skills to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?

The answer is “No!”.

In fact, you shouldn’t start coding until you have validated your idea and the core features of your product/solution?

Still don’t believe me? Watch this video:

You must have heard of Design Thinking but have you heard of Design Sprint from Google Ventures?

Today we are going to show you how you can use Design Sprint to build your MVP?

Design Sprint by Google Ventures

Google Sprint Design is the same methodology Google uses to develop their new products and whether to invest in new startups.

Google Ventures developed an intensive 5-day Design Sprint to help their portfolio companies get started, get unblocked, and develop new directions for their products and services.

Design Thinking & Agile Development

The Design Sprints can be a 3–5 days process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers.

Mix of ideas from the Agile framework, and the idea of design thinking.

In design thinking, often all the work occurs in a group. Whereas in design sprints, you get some individual time to focus on your own ideas and then some group time to organize and build on those ideas together.

Where did it come from?

Design Sprint = Design Thinking + Agile Development + Gamestorming

Design sprints are inspired by the iterative, time-bounded, and user-focused aspects of Agile Development and Design Thinking.

Agile Development Process (1–2–3–4)
Design Spring Process (1–4)

The sprint gives teams a shortcut to learning without building and launching.

It allows you to accelerate and simplify the design process of a product or solution.

That’s why we love Design Sprint. Because it’s SUPER FAST!

Design Sprint is SUPER FAST!

Design is not an individual sport. So, we encourage sprints to include all points of views, and thus align ourselves looking into the future together.

Lefty Talents Group uses Design Sprints to teach these design principles in a hands-on, collaborative way.

What are the steps of a design sprint?

The 6 Sprint Stages

The whole process is iterative, time-bounded and user focused — kind of like agile development for design thinking which can be used to teach design concepts for new form factors.

Let’s get started!