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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Prerequisites: Agile Meets Design Thinking or familiarity with agile and design thinking methodologies.

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    How to plan, sell, and conduct design sprints that deliver valuable, actionable insights

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    How to go out and learn who your customer really is and what’s important to them

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    How to test your value propositions before you invest in building solutions and your user interface design to make sure it’s really usable

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    How to focus and drive to actionable conclusions on questions of approach and architecture

Skills you will gain

Usability TestingAgile Software DevelopmentDesign ThinkingDesign SprintLean Startup
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Prerequisites: Agile Meets Design Thinking or familiarity with agile and design thinking methodologies.

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Your Next Design Sprint

The role of the design sprint is to make (just enough) room to discover what will be valuable to your user before you start spending a lot of money to build a product. Given the failure rate of new products, this is a critical process--and surprisingly hard to sell to clients and managers. In this module, you'll learn how to plan and run effective design sprints that allow you the space to discover and still keep your team on track. By staying focused on outcomes in a defined time frame, you'll prove the value of design sprints to clients and managers....
Reading
11 videos (Total 52 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
The Design Sprint: What and Why?4m
The Design Sprint: When and Who?8m
Deciding Which Sprint to Do5m
Selling Design Sprints3m
Design Sprint Checklist6m
Time Boxing3m
Creating a Day by Day Plan2m
Overview: Problem Scenario Sprint5m
Overview: Motivation Sprint4m
Overview: Usability Sprint4m
Reading2 readings
Course Overview & Requirements10m
Get to Know Your Classmates in Discussion Forums10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Your Next Design Sprint15m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Testing Problem Scenarios in Design Sprints

Even if we deliver the perfectly built solution (on time, on budget, beautifully designed), if it solves a problem that doesn’t exist, we've failed. You can avoid poor outcomes with a very moderate time commitment. In this module, you’ll learn how to plan and manage a one-week design sprint to find out what really matters to your customer (or user). ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Setting Up Interviews6m
Talking with Users4m
Preparing for Problem Scenario Sprints5m
Running Day 1 of the Problem Scenario Sprint9m
Running Days 2-4 of the Problem Scenario Sprint3m
Running Day 4 of the Problem Scenario Sprint3m
Running Day 5 of the Problem Scenario Sprint5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Testing Problem Scenarios in Design Sprints15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Testing Motivation in Design Sprints

None of us want to waste our time creating something no one wants, and yet just asking people what they want doesn't yield accurate results. Instead, you need to systematically assess user motivation so you can zero in on software implementations worth building. In this module, you'll learn to test user motivation with Lean Startup in a design sprint. You'll define key assumptions/hypotheses and brainstorm test vehicles for your peer-reviewed assignment. Plan to spend time reviewing your peers' assignments as well--it's a great way to learn and helps everyone get feedback quickly....
Reading
14 videos (Total 85 min), 2 quizzes
Video14 videos
Focusing Your Ideas7m
Unpacking Your Assumption: AIDAOR4m
Learning What's Valuable6m
Business to Consumers Case Studies, Part 16m
Business to Consumers Case Studies, Part 24m
Business to Business Case Studies5m
Structuring Experiments4m
Preparing for Motivation Sprints5m
Recommendations by Type of Project5m
Running Day 1 of the Motivation Sprint6m
Running Days 2-4 of the Motivation Sprint2m
Running Day 5 of the Motivation Sprint4m
How to Do the Peer Review Assignment13m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Testing Motivation in Design Sprints15m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Testing Usability in Design Sprints

The paradox of good usability is that while it's simple for the user, getting to that level of simplicity is somewhat complex. In this module, you'll learn how to focus your usability objectives, identify interface patterns, and test alternative interface patterns- all without having to develop software. Naturally, we'll encapsulate this in a nice, tidy 1-week design sprint. ...
Reading
14 videos (Total 69 min), 1 quiz
Video14 videos
Usability with Donald Norman: Vocabulary2m
Usability with Donald Norman's 7 Steps Model8m
The Importance of Comparables and Prototyping10m
Demo: Setting up Balsamiq2m
Fun and Affordable User Testing3m
A Test Plan Anyone Can Use, Part 17m
A Test Plan Anyone Can Use, Part 23m
Preparing for Usability Sprints5m
Demo: Using Mouseflow2m
Running Day 1 of the Usability Sprint5m
Running Days 2 and 3 of the Usability Sprint2m
Running Day 4 of the Usability Sprint2m
Running Day 5 of the Usability Sprint2m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Testing Usability in Design Sprints15m
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By SWMay 20th 2018

Great course for the agile enthusiast that is passionate about bringing agile and lean methodologies into their start up to large corporation. Highly recommend! Thanks for Believing - Shane Wooten

By JMOct 21st 2016

If the lecture may speak a little bit slowly than he has, it will be much better. The content is very useful. And the questions at end of each session are very helpful for me to recap the course.

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Alex Cowan

Faculty & Batten Fellow
Darden School of Business

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