4-Step Concept Sketch

4-Step Concept Sketch

Recipe step number
Day 2, Activity 3
Description
Sketch clear recommendations for solutions
Reading Time
5 mins
Activity time
20 mins - 1 hr

Recipe: Design Sprint (Day 2)

  1. Lightning Demos
  2. Divide or Swarm
  3. 4-Step Sketch

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Materials - Access to Mural (digital whiteboard) - Microsoft Teams (for group video calls)

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Related Mural templates: Design Sprint complete 5-day canvas

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More resources - links etc go here

Overview

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Why do this activity? This allows every expert in the Sprint to have a voice and recommendation for the solution. It’s a chance for individuals to pull together all of the great knowledge, inspiration, and focal points into something a key stakeholder or customer could experience

Here's a video from Design Sprint agency AJ&Smart that shows the complete process of the 4-Step Sketch.

Key Tips

Tips from the Sprint Book - pages 103-118
  • Step 1 – Take Notes - independently while reviewing the gallery. Just note important things that could lead to great ideas, or be important for idea generation. What inspires you.
  • Step 2 – Early Ideas – independently start pulling some of the inspirational notes together into early ideas or maybe even doodles. Start formulating, but don’t worry about a “baked” idea yet
  • Step 3 – “Crazy 8s” – In 8 mins, generate 8 wildly different ideas. Be crazy, it’s about exploring.
  • Step 4 – Solution Sketch - This is the one the team will see. This will convey an experience (3 panels for a beginning, middle, and end). It should describe the details and show important features that could go into the prototype. Utilize text, doodles, lines, arrows, and icons. Have a title, but DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON IT.
Key tips & learnings from Advance Concepts®
  • It’s important to let the team know the steps that are independent (and take the pressure off them!)
  • Remind them to LEVERAGE THE LIGHTNING DEMOS – taking specific pieces of content.
  • Finally, for the Solution Sketch (step 4) – we have visuals to refer to that will remind the team about what makes a good Solution Sketch (e.g. it speaks for itself, it’s visual, it’s an experience, etc)
  • NOTE FOR VIRTUAL SPRINT: Typically the Advance Concept team will do something slightly different when working virtual. We “Connect Ideas” (heat map related worlds) and then step 2 is “Remix Sketching”. It’s a way to make the 4 Step Sketch simpler, faster, and more effective virtually.

How to do this activity

(Watch the video above for more information about the activity)

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  1. Take Notes
    1. Independently while reviewing the Lightning Demos.
    2. Just note important things that could lead to great ideas, or be important for idea generation. Whatever inspires you.
  2. Early Ideas
    1. Independently start pulling some of the inspirational notes together into early ideas or maybe even doodles.
    2. Start formulating, but don’t worry about a “baked” idea yet
  3. “Crazy 8s”
    1. In 8 mins, generate 8 wildly different ideas.
    2. Be crazy, it’s about exploring.
  4. Solution Sketch
    1. This is the sketch that the team will see.
    2. This will convey an experience (3 panels for a beginning, middle, and end).
    3. It should describe the details and show important features that could go into the prototype.
    4. Utilize text, doodles, lines, arrows, and icons.
    5. Have a title, but DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON IT.
    6. See
      "Sketching" ideas
      for more tips on creating your sketch