Design Sprint? Proof of Concept? What are they and what they are used for?

Design Sprint? Proof of Concept? What are they and what they are used for?

While developing a software or application, communication and proper planning are essential elements to deliver a product that meets the customer’s needs and provides an excellent usage experience. As an alternative to a good start, Design Sprint emerges, a technique that helps to define directions to be taken by the project at hand. 
A Design Sprint follows a process of several stages, and requires the participation of several specialists in the area. Among the professionals needed are business analysts, developers, designers and UX analysts. The technique begins by meetings and interviews, seeking to understand the demands and expectations related to projects. Then a requirements document is created, and from it you can create visual elements and prototypes (POCs). During and after all this process, you can perform monitoring and testing meetings with users, enabling possible failures to be identified before the product development is started.

According to the method used by Google, a Design Sprint lasts for one week, and on each day, certain activities must be performed. It starts on Monday, mapping of the problem, what allows the next step, when a priority point is chosen to be solved. Then on Tuesday, the focus of the day are the possible ways of solving such a problem, besides identifying the target audience for the tests that will be held on Friday. On Wednesday, time is invested in creating a storyboard and producing drafts of the prototype created in the next day, Thursday, also when a preparation for the interviews is needed, and the team defines questions and key points to be observed. On the last day, Friday, all the material produced during the week is gathered and put into test, interviewing consumers and observing how they behave using the material.

At the end of the Design Sprint, the customer will have a clear idea of how the software will behave and something like a pre-project of the work to be accomplished is delivered, containing the requirements document, a key piece to guide the development team.
Among the advantages brought by the Design Sprint we can highlight lowest cost of development, optimization of processes, resulting in money and time saving, the projects’ feasibility verification and the possibility of testing with prototypes. CINQ Technologies works with similar concepts to Design Sprint since 2008, seeking to deliver customized, innovative, high-quality software allowing an excellent customer usage experience.

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