Design Sprints

Life is a marathon, not a sprint

But software projects do involve a ton of sprinting — design sprints, that is. 

Do you have a specific business-critical challenge you want to solve ASAP? Or perhaps you’ve got a project you want to kick into high gear? A Design Sprint is a great way to rapidly create actionable solutions.

These sprints are designed to help us move quickly, creatively, and collaboratively — consolidating projects that typically take months into as little as two days. We’ll work with your team to apply design thinking best practices, methods, and tools in the context of a real workstream.

Not only do sprints help you drive tangible business outcomes, but they also build concrete skills that will last long after any given project.

The Inventive Approach

Each situation has a unique team, challenge, and desired outcome. That’s why we don’t believe in copy-pasting the same structure from client to client and project to project.  

Whether it’s a two-day sprint, a six-week sprint, or something in between, we’ll work with you to answer critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers.

Instead of waiting to launch a minimal product to understand if an idea has potential, you’ll get clear data from a realistic prototype in a fraction of the time. The sprint gives you a superpower: You can fast-forward into the future to see your finished product and customer reactions before making any expensive commitments.

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The Five Stages of the Design Sprint

The Design Sprint process is divided into five phases.


In the Empathize stage, we help you build an understanding of your customers’ needs and challenges and where you can make improvements. We will also work with you to understand your business problems from various angles. 


Building on the learnings from the Empathize phase, our team works with you to define outcomes and solutions to the problem at hand. We will also help you organize unstructured information into well-defined maps. 


During this phase of the Design Sprint process, the ideas that need to be prototyped are generated. Whether it’s on a napkin or in Adobe Xd, we’ll help you create a step-by-step storyboard for your final prototype. 


The prototype stage is where our designers shine: they use their skills to whip up a testable prototype, refining and perfecting your product vision and design to minimize costs and risks before going to full production.


During this phase, our team guides users through the prototype product to generate useful data. We focus on how the product meets the users’ goals, instead of leading them. One of our biggest goals is to capture some of the learnings, putting different concepts to test using real-time user feedback.

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A small change at the beginning of the design process defines an entirely different product at the end.

Design Sprints Success Stories

Inventive has brought together businesses of all sizes and industries, helping them work towards a shared vision through our design sprint process. Here are just a few of our success stories.


To enable the tracking, auditing, notification, and exchange of legal documents between litigation lawyers during the life of a case.

Apostoli Viae

Providing an educational and community-based experience to help guide members in their faith — all in an easy-to-use app.


Providing an educational and community-based experience to help guide members in their faith — all in an easy-to-use app.

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