The design sprint process is a 5-day development process based on agile thinking. Used by many tech companies both big and small, it’s a popular process which gets quick results without employees burning out or sliding into destructive “crunch” periods.
Business website Fast Company has a fascinating interview with Jake Knapp, one of the pioneers of the design sprint process.
The interview delves into Knapp’s work history and style, and how he used Google’s now-axed “20% policy” (a scheme where employees could use one day of their working week to undertake personal projects) to research and develop a new way of working. His aim was to get the most out of his work, not just in terms of productivity, but to also enjoy his time at the office: “Those hours are not made of cardboard—they’re my life,” he says, remembering advice given to him by his father: “Find a way to enjoy your work, because you’ll spend most of your life doing it.”
It’s a fascinating interview, with plenty of follow-up links into the design sprint process for further reading.