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Everything you need to know about Design Thinking and Design Sprints in one place with no sales pitches. Solid foundations on user research, ideation, and prototyping in fast-paced low-budget projects.
Get in shape to run your own Design Sprint.

Master Design Sprints

You'll learn two lean approaches to Design Sprint: Google Ventures (SPRINT) and The MVS, Minimum Valuable Service (THE SERVICE STARTUP). Master the agenda, methods, and resource management of both approaches, practice and gain full confidence to D.I.Y.

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Pass the exam and become part of our global community of Design Sprint Masters. Started in 2014, hundreds of Sprint Masters are already part of this community, making it the biggest and fastest growing community for Design Sprints. Exchange knowledge worldwide.

Acquired Skills, Tools & Knowledge

We are a skill-building school.  We specialize in Design Thinking education and empowerment, with which our founders have over 20 years of experience and thousands of graduate students worldwide. This means we are not here to sell you on our practice or on how smart we are. We are here to guide you on how to build your practice. And change the world with it.
We pledge to educate Sprint Masters, not sprint facilitators. We believe a Sprint Master is not a mere canvas operator. We will teach you robust UX Design, Design Thinking, and Service Design foundations. On the practical side, you will feel like sprinting with a real client.
instead of following pre-conceived schedules like the ones printed in the books or new ones people
We are based on Silicon Valley and are continually mentoring and sprinting with Silicon Valley startups. Our global community of graduate Sprint Masters is the most diverse group of Sprint Masters you will find. We are also a lean startup, not a consultancy firm. So you are learning from practitioners. We live what we preach.
To the right, you can see the areas of knowledge we cover rated from 0% to 100%, where a full bar means we cover the most relevant topics related to that area.

Design Thinking: 100%

Service Design tools and concepts: 80%

User centered Research: 80%

Agile and Lean Startup concepts: 60%

Co-development with ideation and prototyping: 100%

How to plan and execute Design Sprints: 100%

Master (don't follow) the Sprint flow and agenda.

With the skills you will learn, you will be able to modify and create new Design Sprint agendas and flows that fits your needs. It happens Sprint Masters need to adapt according to their needs and resources. This means making changes in the original process flow depicted in the original books or ever-changing modifications of it like Design Sprint 2.0. Such hard-coded agendas often need adjustments to fit your scenario and resources.
We believe in freeing Sprint Masters from getting stuck or having to conform to specific protocols. They should feel confident to modify the Design Sprint flow as needed.

What you will learn and practice at Design Sprint School.

During the four-week program we will present a balance of theory and practice. Participants will run their own Design Sprint while also playing the role of user for another participant.This is what we call peer designing. With our unique approach to peer designing, you get to ride both sides. You will learn how Sprint Masters and clients feel when participating in a Design Sprint and use that knowledge to make better decisions as a Sprint Master.
The dynamic of the program is self-paced with weekly practices, so you can take your time going through theory and concepts. You will have until the end of each week to upload your practice, give feedback to your peer, and receive feedback from both your peer and the mentor. This is your chance to run your first Design Sprint project with users right off the bat.

Pre-work + Week #1 - Foundations + Maps

Time requirement: 6 hours.
Learn the foundational skills and concepts necessary for you to go beyond canvas-operation and get into the thinking of Design Sprints.
You will get paired with a peer and kick-start your Design Sprint during this week.

Concept: Foundations
- Why Design Sprints? 
- The need for speed.
- The need for Design
- Design Thinking foundations

How it's made: Funnels and Ecosystems.

Practice: Mapping the ecosystem. 
- MVS model :: The Time Machine.
- GV model :: Map.

Week #2 - People + Journeys

Time requirement: 8 hours.
Learn how to frame the problem in a way to inspire the sprinting team to pursue it like a challenge. You will also learn how to interview users and profile them during this week.

How it's made: User research and journeys.
- Framing the Challenge.
- Human Centered Research.
- Personas.
- Consumer Journeys.

Practice: Interviewing users and mapping their journeys.
- MVS model :: Sprint Ethnography, Hero profile, Recruitment, in-depth conversation, Hero Quest.
- GV model :: Ask the experts, HMW questions, Lightning demos.

Week #3 - Ideas + focus

Time requirement: 6 hours.
Based on the insights gathered on week two, you will learn how to design solutions using both standalone and co-participatory approaches.

How it's made: Ideation and refinement.
- Ideation sessions.
- Voting systems.

Practice: Ideation
- MVS model :: Swap ideation.
- GV model :: The four step sketch, Storyboard.

Week #4 - Test + Manage

Time requirement: 8 hours
Learn how to prototype your solutions using cheap and easy-to-change materials. Also, learn best-practices on how to manage, measure, and prioritize the results of a Design Sprint.

How it's made: Early stage prototypes, design sprint management, ROI.
- Early stage prototyping.
- Managing Design Sprints.
- Measuring Results.
- Building a prioritized backlog.

Practice: Prototype and user testing
- MVS model: Prototyping, Build backlog
- GV model: Prototyping, look for patterns.

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Our famous Sprint Master Toolkit:

You will receive a Sprint Master toolkit containing the exclusive canvases you will need to run your own Design Sprints. The kit also includes two Sprint Master's guidebooks you will use to set up the perfect sprinting pace and never get lost when facilitating a Design Sprint. The Blue Book covers the GV model and The Black Book the MVS model. These hands-on manuals are a treasure, they come full of tips and hacks giving you the confidence you need to run your own Design Sprints.

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Tuition and plans

Foundations

Learn the The Ins and Outs
of the most used Design Sprint methodologies.

FREE!
  • Get the fundamentals on Service Design Sprints with the MVS model

  • Get the fundamentals on Design Thinking Sprints with the  GV model

  • Learn what goes under the hood of a Design Sprint and take a tour on the tools Sprint Masters use.

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BOOT CAMP

The full educational experience. Everything you need to design and run your own Design Sprints.

795$
  • 100% online with peer and mentor activities (approx. 7h /week).

  • Lifetime access to the content

  • Receive the Sprint Master's kit, with exclusive canvases and books.

  • Get certified and opt in to the lifeline program to mentor new students. 

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For companies

Especial dates and discounts for private groups. We can help you
instill Design Sprints into your
product development culture.

  • Adjust the Bootcamp to your rhythm.

  • Groups discount

  • Private groups

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Our community of certified Sprint Masters have collectively run over 1,000 Design Sprints worldwide, and counting.

"What I valued the most was the rich discussions with the role group and the peer designing approach that gave a warmth to the program despite the distance, creating a proximity between me the peer and the mentor."

Servane Mouazan

CEO Ogunte, Coach & Advisor for Women in Social Enterprises & Tech 4 Good

"It was great to be able to interact, practice and connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs. The learnings and tools I've learned at the program will help me in my current project which is related to the participation of women in a refugees-can-code initiative."

Paoola Sefair

Executive & Entrepreneur / Women Empowerment Advocate / Change Maker

"I really enjoyed the program, the content and the ability to practice along the way with a peer and a strong support from the mentors made all the difference. "

Jenni Philippe

Customer experience designer at Telstra.

Design Sprints proved to be a valuable tool for accelerating our early-stage, service-driven innovation initiatives. The Design Sprint School team and approach have been instrumental in helping us create the environment and the internal capacity to run our Service Design Sprints for internal Ventures and for running Co-innovation at our Cisco Innovation Centers around the world

Oseas Ramirez

Innovation Manager @ CISCO 

"I rediscovered the energy I felt years ago during Stanford's Ignite in the first design thinking training I did"

Ghislain Bourgin

Innovation Leader @ Fortune 500 Company (France)

"The Design Sprint helped us find an alternative business model and revenue stream and we ended up pivoting the business. Huge impact on our startup in such a short period of time. Business changing experience"

Nick Larson

Founder of a Silicon Valley based startup.

Our core team

Since 2014 we have been teaching people of different skill levels and cultures around the globe how to perform Design Sprints. From startup founders in Silicon Valley, to small business owners in Brazil; from innovation powerhouses like Cisco to government agencies in  Malaysia. We've been busy, and we know how to prepare you to run your own Design Sprints.

Mentors

Assigned Mentor

Our mentors are seasoned Sprint Masters with vast experience in running Design Sprints all around the globe. They are thought leaders and professionals coming from different backgrounds. They carry the Sprint Master Certification and are also certified by institutions like the Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g) and other renown User Experience educational groups worldwide.

Student Experience

Student experience

Our Student Experience team is responsible for handling the on-boarding, on-going, and graduation experiences. They are here to guarantee all our students have the materials they need to succeed, as well as resolving any issues our students might have. Currently the team is led by Carolina Ceballos. Carolina is a certified Sprint Master who graduated at the top of her class with a kick-ass Arduino prototype.

Tenny Pinheiro

Principal mentor

As the author for the program and lead mentor, Tenny is always there to interact with students, challenge them, answer questions and coach the other mentors to make sure they do a great job in guiding our students through the Bootcamp experience.

Designed and written by:

Tenny Pinheiro

Designer & Serial Entrepreneur.

Tennyson Dias Pinheiro lives in Silicon Valley, CA.
He pioneered the use of Service Design Sprints by publishing, in 2014, a method based on the integration of Lean Startup and Service Design Thinking, work that culminated in his book The Service Startup: Design Thinking gets Lean (2014 Elsevier / Hayakawa), and led to the creation of the SprintMaster.co* community.
Tenny has designed corporate accelerator programs for companies all around the world and in Silicon Valley and has run, mentored, and directly influenced over a thousand Design Sprints worldwide. Before his work with Design Sprints he was the founder and the CEO for the Latam studio of Livework, the British pioneer Service Design firm. Tenny authored six books on Design Thinking and Design Sprints and is a permanent columnist at the influential online design magazine Core77. 

* With over 500 Sprint Masters worldwide the SprintMaster.co community is the largest Design Sprint Master community in the planet.
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