The show must go on. The monthly design sprint workshops hosted by Moonshot at the Chicago Connectory are going virtual starting March 26. At these workshops, Chicago-area design sprint practitioners and aficionados learn techniques to develop lovable, human-centric products with the test-and-learn methodologies popularized by Google Ventures. Our next session happens Thursday, March 26, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. CST. Please join us by registering here.

Why We Care About Design Sprint Workshops

These workshops have turned out to be a phenomenal way to unite Chicago’s innovation ecosystem through the Connectory. And they still are doing just that – now virtually, instead of in person. In fact, by going online (for now) it is our hope the workshops may expand their usefulness beyond Chicago.

Our workshops break the design sprint into bite-sized modules over a period of 90 minutes. Each module emphasizes two major objectives:

  • Create and communicate a foundation of what design sprints are, how they can be applied, and why they matter.
  • Delve deep into a specific aspect of a design sprint (e.g., “how might we” prompts (HMWs), expert interviews, journey maps, sketching, prototyping, testing, etc.) and share tried-and-true techniques for facilitating these activities.

We’ve designed the sessions with our FUEL methodology as a framework. Participants are able to combine design thinking and lean innovation methods to explore how to create lovable products and experiences.

More about Our March 26 Workshop

Our March 26 workshop, hosted by Moonshot’s Mike Kim and Sandy Jachs, will focus on the user journey map. The journey map is an important instrument in the design sprint as it allows the participants to holistically see the user journey in an organized manner. In the session, participants will collaborate in the creation of the user journey map and discuss the nuances of creating an effective one.

During these workshops, we’ve had phenomenal success working with businesses to test and learn new solutions using technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT). If we have learned anything about design sprints in our own work, it’s that they are not a pre-packaged solution that can be deployed for any situation. They work best when we carefully adapt them to address the needs of our clients.

And that’s exactly what we are doing now in a world that now practices social distancing on a global scale. Businesses cannot afford to stop innovating during a crisis. Instead, successful businesses adapt. We’re going to do just that by continuing to learn from each other. To learn more and register, visit this link. We look forward to co-creating with our global community on March 26th. Hope to see you there!


Mike Edmonds

Mike Edmonds

Managing Director, VP Product