What you can expect
At StickieFix we embrace the methods of design thinking to create workshops tailored to producing the outcomes teams seek. Design workshops, also known as design sprints, bring together people from different disciplines for an immersive week of workshopping. Together they dive into a problem domain, and in under a week, leave with a tested solution.
Don't let the word design fool you. The exercises teams go through challenge their creative and analytic abilities. Workshops are fast paced, collaborative and productive. We foster a safe environment where every participant is equal and every idea heard. By using sticky notes to capture ideas, we ensure that each team member has a voice, and all voices are equal. Exercises are timed, forcing creative decision making in the moment. Last, it's not all work and no play, in fact, play is encouraged and usually leads to better outcomes.
We can run the workshop or coach you in creating your own.
Design thinking uses a proven set of steps, that when done in order, can produce rapid, testable solutions that your users will love. The key is to trust the process and let the results stand for themselves. Below is a summary of the approach we use.
Discover the problem
We start by understanding the problem space. We encourage researching existing and related solutions. We also run user interviews to understand how your target user thinks and what problems they need help in overcoming.
Once we understand the people and the problems they seek to overcome, we start by exploring as many ideas as possible in a short period of time. We then converge on a solution we believe will be best received.
Make a prototype
Next we build a prototype of the solution. Whether its software or a physical experience, a prototype is the best way to work out and think through our proposed solution.
Test it with your target audience
The workshop concludes by running validation tests with real users. In doing so, everyone on the team can observe the testing and spot where the solution can be improved.
Plan what's next
Finally the outcome of the workshop is summarized and the next steps are determined. For successfully tested solutions, the work of planning the execution begins. For agile teams, this means creating and grooming a backlog of user stories. For solutions that had encountered issues in testing, the team goes back to the drawing board to propose a new solution, with the benefit of having learned in 1 week that they were on the wrong path.
Design Workshops help teams learn fast and build off tested prototypes. If you need to move quickly on a vague problem, a design workshop may be the fuel you need!