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JAKE KNAPP

We’ve found that magic happens when we use big whiteboards to solve problems. The room itself becomes a sort of shared brain for the team.

JAKE KNAPP

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Who Is Jake Knapp Actually?

Who Is Jake Knapp Actually?

First and foremost, Jake Knapp is the brain behind Google Hangouts. He actually created the prototype working with his friend in a few days and then Google polished it and made it available to the world later on.

Later, Jake Knapp joined Google Ventures, a division focused on helping promising start-ups with the vision to change the world.

Now, Jake Knapp dedicates his time tot full-time writing.

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What Makes A Sprint?

What Makes A Sprint?

So what makes a sprint “The Sprint”? For Jake Knapp, the idea came to him when he was working on an important feature for Gmail that would help automatically sort messages.

He only had a month before the lead member would pull the plug on the project. Jake Knapp and his members designed the sprint approach, focused on creating multiple prototypes and ended up managing the project successfully.

Since then, he has perfected the structure and divides it into three aspects.

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Tight Deadlines, Seven People In A Room & A Prototype

Tight Deadlines, Seven People In A Room & A Prototype

Jake Knapp’s idea of an ideal sprint can be broken down into three aspects:

  • Have a very tight deadline: While Jake Knapp has tested different timelines for a sprint, a five day sprint works best.
  • Seven Person Team: Next, focus on gathering the right experts in the team. Engineers, marketers, designers, managers and other experts who will achieve the prototype in five days.
  • Have a concrete Prototype: On Friday, your team should have a concrete prototype which should be shown to your customers to check their reaction in real time.

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Reverse-engineering Your Roadmap

Reverse-engineering Your Roadmap

You don’t start the sprint with only the solution or process in mind. You also need to have the challenge in mind. Then you will need to reverse engineer the end result.

For example, Jake Knapp tells us about Savioke, a robotics company that created a robot to help with hospitality in restaurants and hotels. To help them cope with the challenge, Jake asked them questions about the kind of customers/users they wanted to impact. Questions about the product usage and expectations and reactions of the users.

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Savioke’s Response

Savioke’s Response

Once Jake helped the Savioke team question and find the moment their product would need to meet and impress the end users, the team went hell-bent on brainstorming about that one ideal moment.

Later, they found that they wanted to focus on the moment when the client would open the door and see the robot for the first time. Then, they tried adding some personality to the robot so clients wouldn’t get scared.

This resulted in a successful prototype testing where the clients were happy to see Savioke’s robot delivering their toothbrushes.

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Using Existing Solutions To Coming Up With Something Original

Using Existing Solutions To Coming Up With Something Original

While brainstorming alone may not be enough, it is still a very valuable part of a sprint. For example, you can use the concept of Lightning demos where each team member gets the chance to present existing solutions to match with different parts of the problem you are trying to solve.

After the presentations, everyone will need to sketch simple visualisations of the solutions. This helps especially with:

  • Seeing the bigger picture: Can solutions be merged to get a solution you need
  • Breaking down the project: Into stages so you can tackle them separately.

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The Finish Line

The Finish Line

After this exercise, you will have enough blueprints of the solution you are trying to achieve. Next would be for you to work hard, get to the finish line and launch your solution.

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TALHA MUMTAZ

And lastly, I was so mesmerised with the information packed in this one book that I immediately thought of replicating the process to my daily life as well. One piece of advice I should mention here is that an overnight sprint or 15 hours per day sprint rarely works the way it should.

instead, you shoukd follow Jake Knapp’s sprint framework, divide your weekdays into 6 hours each and then work hard in a no-distraction environment to achieve the results.

You will be amazed at what a non-distraction environment can do for you.

TALHA MUMTAZ

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Full time reader (and part-time Growth Consultant) trying to make the sense of the world by learning from the experiences of intellectuals around me and before me.

CURATOR'S NOTE

If you were to read just one book on project management and testing your product’s value in a very small time, pick up Sprint without any doubt. The book is full of invaluable insights and it really works wonder if you are product manager, entrepreneur or a project manager.

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