Author: Arthur “The Sprint King”  Flores
Design Sprint Principle : Divergent thinking is compared with convergent thinking.

Summary. Design sprint means combining business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more. This is packed into a four-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. With this, the professionals will design L&D or other people programs in a structured approach that balances the customer insights and business goals. Customer insights can come from internal employees and company experts.

The Philippine Society for Talent Development (PSTD) ran a four-hour workshop on “The Fundamentals of Facilitating Design Sprint for L & D Professionals” last July 27 and 28, 2021.  Mr. Arthur Flores, a certified six sigma black belt and a consultant for Six Sigma Philippines, facilitated the highly interactive webinar.

Seven learning professionals from diverse industries participated in the workshop, with the aim of facilitating innovation workshops on their own. The first two hours, done on Day 1, centered on design theories, the different methodologies, the introduction to Miro, and the How Might We (HMW) process.

 

Arthur “The Sprint King” Flores

https://www.schoolofdesignsprint.com/

Mr. Flores emphasized that any design methodology has become an innovation strategy, not just a tool.  Accordingly, when design principles are applied to strategy and innovation, the success rate for innovation dramatically improves, as researched by the Design Management Institute in its 2014 Assessment Index study. The participants were acquainted with the different design methodologies such as UX, design thinking, and design sprint.

 

To start the thinking process, the participants experienced the “How Might We” (HMW) method using an online collaborative whiteboard platform called Miro. HMW is a quick step that converts challenging statements of concern into a positive, more progressive action, with unlimited approaches and answers from team members.  The group practiced firsthand the simple hacks and techniques of navigating the Miro platform. While Mr. Flores pointed out that any tool can be helpful, he still prefers using Miro as its features are very convenient in conducting more engaging meetings for innovation and brainstorming. 

The remaining two hours, held on the second day, was a journey on core ideation techniques of design sprint. Divergent thinking is compared with convergent thinking. There is also the practice of posting and voting for decision making. Critical insight focused on divergent thinking, a forward-thinking approach to finally develop the innovation. Mr. Flores also shared a robust framework of the “impact versus effort” matrix to help the team assess its options, as well as to develop a sound decision without influencing each other, thereby letting the best ideas speak for themselves.

The workshop concluded with great takeaways and appreciation from the participants for this short yet comprehensive learning workshop.  As a bonus, Mr. Flores welcomed the participants to an alumni Facebook group as graduates of the webinar.  They were also encouraged to join the entire design sprint certification course through the School of Design Sprint (www.schoolofdesignsprint.com).

 

About the Writer

LUDY MARIE LAWAS, M.A., CPHR

Ludy is an active member of PSTD since 2019 and has completed the PSTD Masterclass course on Facilitating Digital Learning. She’s a certified DDI Facilitator and Certified Professional in HR. She is passionate about learning and development, organizational development, performance management, and data analytics with over ten years of experience. She is now a proud advocate of design sprint.

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