Product Design Sprint

Get fast validation of product ideas with Windmill’s Product Design Sprint. Reduce development risks and generate a solid foundation for an investment decision.

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Key deliverables
  • User journeys and personas
  • Storyboards
  • Product mockups
  • Customer-tested concepts
  • Roadshows and pitch materials
  • Implementation plan

Accelerate your product development with our proven Design Thinking approach

Product Design Sprint answers critical questions about a product’s viability and provides material for buy-in and implementation—in just ten days. First developed at Google Ventures, Design Sprint is a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, Design Thinking, and more, packaged into a battle-tested process that any team can use.

A shortcut to product validation

Working together in a sprint, Product Design Sprint shortcuts the endless-debate cycle and compresses months of work into a few intensive days. Instead of waiting to launch an MVP to learn if an idea is any good, you’ll get reliable data from a realistic prototype.

The sprint gives you a superpower: To fast-forward to the future to see your finished product and customer response—before making any expensive commitments.

In-person or online

With the help of intuitive, collaborative tools, Windmill has adapted Product Design Sprint to be equally successful online as in-person.

How it works

While the whole process takes ten days, customer involvement is just four days. Better yet, to meet the needs of enterprises and to fit busy schedules, decision-making participation is required only for the first two days.

Before the workshop begins, Windmill conducts preliminary research to define the scope of the sprint.

Day 1 - Whole Team

Define the challenge and target audience

Build empathy with key user personas and map how the customers will interact with your products.

  • Discover
  • Map
  • Empathize
Day 2 - Whole Team

Create concepts and compelling customer stories

The Client and the Windmill team jointly sketch ideas and user journeys to discover concepts worthy of exploration.

  • Sketch
  • Decide
  • Storyboard
Day 3 - Windmill Team

Prototypes and testing

With user personas mapped and journeys sketched, Windmill makes product prototypes.

  • Prototype
Day 4 - Stakeholders and Users

Validate your concepts with customer testing

Windmill’s skilled researchers validate prototypes with users and stakeholders.

  • Test
  • Summarize
Day 5-10

A report packed with insight

Workshop complete, Windmill compiles a report packed with insight for sharing with investors and making decisions.

  • Product proposal
  • Workshop report

More than 300 Design Sprints Complete

Helping leading companies frame game-changing ideas

  • Sam Espinos
  • Eric Larnard
  • Adam Miller-Howard
  • Paul Reiter
  • Garrett H.Stevens
  • We are very proud of the partnership with Windmill, combining Windmill’s world-class design thinking approach to Digital Transformation with Squirro’s renowned and visionary Insights Engine platform to help customers successfully execute their data analytics strategy, and to solve a range of critical business challenges. Sam Espinosa, SVP Sales & Marketing
  • I’ve partnered with Windmill across dozens of projects in both startups and large enterprises, collaborating to solve user problems across a number of different industry segments. They understand modern, user-centric product design and are my “go-to” partner for my most important opportunities. Eric Larnard, VP Platform & Shared Services, Clarivate Analytics
  • Windmill brought both vision and execution to their project with Smarsh, with a highly responsive and flexible team of designers and engineers. Adam Miller-Howard, VP Business Development, Smarsh Inc
  • Windmill has been amazing at building us a strong and fast mobile app that supports thousands of simultaneous purchases during our “drops.” Our customers cannot sing enough praise about our app and we have Windmill to thank for that! Paul Reiter, Chief Executive Officer, Great Notion Brewing
  • The Windmill team enabled us to narrow down our product requirements and to optimise our application’s functionality and impact quickly and professionally. Garrett H. Stevens, Chairman & President, Hemi-Sync
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Let’s plan your Design Sprint

We have adapted the workshop to be equally successful both online and in-person

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FAQs

What is a Design Sprint?

A Design Sprint is a product development workshop powered by Design Thinking, the same framework that underpins all Windmill’s product design success. With Design Thinking, we work with you to empathize with the customer, define the target problem, generate ideas, make a prototype, and test the solution.

How do you conduct Design Sprints remotely?

To adapt to pandemic working protocols – or simply if a customer prefers to – Windmill conducts online Design Sprint workshops using Miro. Miro is a real-time collaboration tool that allows a whole team to engage in ideation sessions. Windmill has hosted more than 50 online Design Sprints in the last few years.

Why conduct Design Sprints following Google Ventures methodology?

Design Thinking is a tried-and-tested product development methodology. It provides a way of shortcutting development cycles, bypassing the build phase, and allowing teams to design, test, and iterate at pace.

What are the Design Sprint’s deliverables? Will I have a prototype I can give to developers?

The two key deliverables of the Design Sprint are a prototype and a business case document. The report is packed with insight for sharing with investors and potential customers.

What if I don’t know which development platform my product will use?

Ahead of the workshop, Windmill will conduct preliminary research to define the scope of the sprint. However, we do not want to constrain our design work by technical details: usability and product features are the priority.