If we asked you to name a recent book that’s really changed how product teams address sticky challenges, there’s a good chance Jake Knapp’s Sprint would be at the top of your list. Since publishing and popularizing the process, design sprints have become a tool for teams at organizations as diverse as Prudential, the United Nations, and The British Museum.
Given the impact of Sprint, we’re delighted to have Jake on the show to dig into questions we’ve been curious about since reading. In this episode, we discuss topics like the relationship between design thinking and the sprint process, how sprints can work in harmony with an agile development cycle, and when not to use design sprints.
Grab your copy of Sprint and get ready to learn from the guy who literally wrote the book on it. Keep your ears peeled—Jake shares a sneak peek of his next publication, too.
Jake Knapp is the New York Times bestselling author of Sprint. He spent 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process and ran it more than 150 times with companies like Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Flatiron Health. Today, teams around the world—from Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500s to schools and governments—are using Design Sprints to solve big problems and test new ideas.
Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta. Nowadays, he’s writing new books and hanging around IDEO as a Visiting Fellow.
In Season 1 of the DesignBetter.Co Podcast, we’ll focus on what it takes to be a product-driven company—including exploring human-centered design, and how strong collaboration between product, design, and engineering helps make great products.