When GV (Google Ventures) created the Design Sprint, they were developing a systematic and scalable method to quickly test and iterate product solutions. They wrote it all in the Sprint Book. Then summarized it. The following is a list of links and resources directly from GV for planning to use your design sprint kit!


First, do Sprint Planning Step By Step.

The synopsis from GV is a 9-step plan to setting up your Design Sprint is as follows:

Step 1: Create Design Sprint Brief — GV Design Sprint Brief template
Step 2: User Research — GV Research Methods Understand phase
Step 3: Gather Team — Get the right people on the bus.
Step 4: Plan Lightning Talks — Stick to your time limits! That’s why we include the GV Sprint Time Timer with our Design Sprint Kits.
Step 5: Create a Deck
Step 6: Find the Right Space — Location, location, location.
Step 7: Get Your Supplies — This is the easiest part! Design Sprint Kit includes everything from the official GV Design Sprint Checklist!
Step 8: Pick a Good Ice Breaker — Be engaging!
Step 9: Set the Stage at the Beginning of the Sprint — The first rule of Design Sprints is…


Second, there are Phases & Methods to help you through GV Design Sprint best practices.

Understand — Map out problems and create a shared brain
Sketch — Generate a broad range of ideas and narrow down to a select group
Decide — As a team determine what to prototype to answer your sprint questions
Prototype — Build only what you need to validate your ideas in a very short time frame
Validate — Interact with live users from your target audience and assess their feedback


Third, Miscellaneous Resources.

Before the sprint begins, you’ll need to have the right challenge and the right team. You’ll also need time and space to conduct your sprint.


Fourth, Entire Design Sprint Overview by Day.

The following section is a GV Design Sprint broken down into a five day week, Monday through Friday, and what yo should expect to accomplish.


Monday’s structured discussions create a path for the sprint week. In the morning, you’ll start at the end and agree to a long-term goal. Next, you’ll make a map of the challenge. In the afternoon, you’ll ask the experts at your company to share what they know. Finally, you’ll pick a target: an ambitious but manageable piece of the problem that you can solve in one week.


After a full day of understanding the problem and choosing a target for your sprint, on Tuesday, you get to focus on solutions. The day starts with inspiration: a review of existing ideas to remix and improve. Then, in the afternoon, each person will sketch, following a four-step process that emphasizes critical thinking over artistry. You’ll also begin planning Friday’s customer test by recruiting customers that fit your target profile.


By Wednesday morning, you and your team will have a stack of solutions. That’s great, but it’s also a problem. You can’t prototype and test them all—you need one solid plan. In the morning, you’ll critique each solution, and decide which ones have the best chance of achieving your long-term goal. Then, in the afternoon, you’ll take the winning scenes from your sketches and weave them into a storyboard: a step-by-step plan for your prototype.


On Wednesday, you and your team created a storyboard. On Thursday, you’ll adopt a “fake it”philosophy to turn that storyboard into a prototype. A realistic façade is all you need to test with customers, and here’s the best part: by focusing on the customer-facing surface of your product or service, you can finish your prototype in just one day. On Thursday, you’ll also make sure everything is ready for Friday’s test by confirming the schedule, reviewing the prototype, and writing an interview script.


Your sprint began with a big challenge, an excellent team—and not much else. By Friday, you’ve created promising solutions, chosen the best, and built a realistic prototype. That alone would make for an impressively productive week. But you’ll take it one step further as you interviewcustomers and learn by watching them react to your prototype. This test makes the entire sprint worthwhile: At the end of the day, you’ll know how far you have to go, and you’ll know just what to do next.


Full Disclosure: GV does not make our Design Sprint Kits or any kits at all. However, our kit does include exactly all the components mentioned on the official Google Ventures Design Sprint page including GV Sprint Time Timers!