A practical guide to converting insights into action through collaborative design. Access is permanently free of charge for everyone.
Innovation is being stifled
Leadership teams face constant demands from firm owners to resolve a wide range of strategic issues, including:
Changing client needs
Skills and capabilities
The tools being used when developing strategy were the subject of recent Forum research. The most popular may be familiar and simple but they are also analytical and risk averse, so tend to stifle innovation and creativity. Design sprints (derived from design thinking) are different.
Why design sprints?
Design sprints use co-creation to find solutions to complex problems. Adapted sprints formed the core of a £1m Government-funded research study into the extent that collaborative design techniques could increase the AI readiness of UK professional services firms. The study discovered that sprints are a very useful and practical way for leadership teams in any sector anywhere to re-think and resolve almost any business opportunity or challenge.
A significant part of the reason why design thinking has been so successful in recent years is the spirit of curiosity and innovation that it engenders. Not only do workshop structures and individual sprint steps survive being adapted or swapped around, they can thrive on such creativity.
A blueprint for your own sprints
Think of the Fast-track Innovation™ Guide as a blueprint for conducting DIY sprints - with leadership teams, front line advisers and business professionals working together to bring your future firm to life:
Access best practice from peers
Define sprintable challenges
Select sprint teams
Explore plausible futures
Create innovation roadmaps
Cascade choices to the front line
Observe behaviour change
The Fast-track Innovation™ Guide is constantly evolving based on new research studies and experiences & enhancements suggested by sprint participants.
Consultancy & training: Research team members and selected consultants are available to lead, observe or advise on any aspect of DIY or bespoke sprints. This includes conducting ‘Train-the-trainer’ workshops to develop internal expertise in running sprints. These commercial servicesare organised exclusively through the Forum.
Bespoke sprints: Member firms can also request private bespoke sprintshosted by the Forum. This involves HighQ and Miro templates to set up and run sprints; tasks selected from proformas; and activities monitored through a management reporting system.
Once the new sprint has been created, teams can be allocated to tasks, workshops planned, blogs shared, and adjustments made to tasks and reporting criteria. A pdf report with observations and links to the outputs at each sprint step can be downloaded at any time and also shared with management on an agreed basis.
Following a one-month trial from the validation date of the first sprint for a country, each new sprint for that country incurs a sprint usage fee of £1,000 + VAT.