Prep time is around 1 week for a 5 day sprint. Make sure all participants can attend for 100% of the time. Share any market and user research ahead of time. Introduce participants to each other and briefly describe any project history.
Dig into the user problem through research, competitive review, and team knowledge sharing. To get the most out of this allow for people with multidisciplinary backgrounds to give a brief overview of the opportunity area from their perspectives. Work on collectively analyzing the research, playing with competitors products, sharing anecdotes, discussing similar products/services that try to solve a similar problem.
Rapidly develop as many solutions as possible – first individually,then collectively through a series of structured ideation exercises.
Choose the best ideas or clusters of ideas by discussing, combining, critiquing, and voting. Further elaborate and evolve by creating the user story through storyboarding and other exercises.
Build something quick and dirty that can be shown to users. Depending on the length of sprint, this may take the form of a simple model or an interactive prototype. When interactive, the prototypes are meant to engage test users in key interactions, not prove any engineering feats.
Show the prototype to real users to learn what works and what doesn’t. Listen closely, this is a learning moment