Getting a team together for five days

Note 1: This isn’t a post about the benefits of sprints. we make those clear elsewhere (and people really get it too!). It’s about the logistics, or the idea of the logistics, which people seem to find harder. Note 2: We’ll write a post about selling sprints to senior colleagues in due course (remember: quick,…

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Holy bat-sprints! It’s a fight!

A few weeks ago, Jonathan Courtney published “User research is overrated”, advocating in favour of the design sprint as a replacement for heavy upfront user research. The article got quite a bit of pickup and reaction (rightly and unsurprisingly, given the directness of the challenge to those who’ve spent years developing the approaches that have made…

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Limited offer: 99% discount

Typically, we offer sprints for £10,000 if you come to us. We’ll do them for £7,500 plus expenses if you need us to come you. Today though, we’re proud to announce a new pricing model for clients used to spending larger sums on the big management consultancies. It’s only slightly more complex than our normal pricing…

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The Tao of Fred the Shred

Fred “The Shred” Goodwin is a former British banker who inflated the Royal Bank of Scotland like a pufferfish then burst the damn thing at enormous, enduring cost to everyone. His Tao (“way”, “path”), was to make all decisions in five seconds. Gut feeling was everything. Obviously, this is a very extreme, very singular way of…

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Politics and design are the same (good) thing

There’s a lot of talk about how to elevate design and digital thinking in organisations. Sometimes it goes up, sometimes it goes down. Some suggestions are quite practical, managerial even, with stages of development following inevitably after one another. Other suggestions require heroism. A leap into the unknown. JFDI or your org will die. Encouragingly,…

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