Sprints are formed of many activities, each designed to address particular areas of the design thinking process. Where a full sprint might not be possible for whatever reason, you can draw on the activities deployed within to help frame ideas and rapidly develop possible solutions. Each of the activities below can be picked up at a moments notice and deployed in as little as 15 minutes.
A Guide to Crazy Eights 10 mins to 1 hour
The Crazy Eights exercise was developed by Google Ventures (GV) out of the GV design sprint. It allows you to rapidly prototype up to eight ideas in less than half an hour. An excellent exercise for early ideas generation.
The Dot Mapping exercise is a fantastic way to collaboratively solve problems. It allows groups to collate a number of questions, identify key themes to explore, and collaboratively decide on a direction for action.
The How Might We (HMW) exercise was developed by Google Ventures (GV) out of the GV design sprint. It allows you to quickly map and collate a number of group ideas for further discussion, development, and exploration.