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Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day. How should you be focusing your efforts? What will your idea look like in real life? How do you start? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you've got the right solution? Now there's a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint.

Created by three partners at Google Ventures, the sprint is a unique five-day process aimed at helping businesses to answer crucial questions and deliver the best results in the least time, allowing the businesses to move on to the next level. It's a 'greatest hits' of business strategy, innovation, behaviour science and design thinking - packaged into a battle-tested process that any team can use.

Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Chrome to Google X. With John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz at Google Ventures, the team has run more than 100 sprints with start-ups across all kinds of business, including mobile, e-commerce, health care and finance.

Sprint is about arming your business with a process to get problems solved by short-circuiting the endless debate cycle, avoiding groupthink and utilising the people, knowledge and tools that every team already has. It's for companies or groups of any size, from small start-ups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits - anyone who has a big opportunity, problem or idea and who needs to get started.

©2016 Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Dumbed down version of The Lean Startup

Skip if you already read one of the game changing books about taking a scientific approach to eliminate unknowns and validate assumptions such as The Lean Startup, Hacking Growth, etc. This book attempts to do the same, but less neurons were involved at writing ita.

Skip if you haven't read any of those books and go and read them instead.

Read if this book was a present/requisite or you are in no mood/capacity to read a more in depth take on the same topic or simply if you are not into science and prefer a more anecdotal approach.

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  • Rich Allen
  • 03-17-16

Amazing!

A truly great new system. If you like building things and the Lean Startup this book will fit right in.

Stop wasting time and use this system to test assumptions quickly.

Highly Recommended

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  • D. Ho
  • 12-06-16

Design sprint fanatics

I found this enlightening and encouraging I hope use the techniques at work and gain buy in from my peers and colleagues.

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  • Paul O'Connor
  • 08-08-16

Ok, if you can suffer the google talk

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The idea of a sprint is good and the scrum people have been using it for a good while now. The authors of this book claim their definition of sprint is different but I can't see a whole lot of difference, apart for the insufferable google hype. People who work for that company come across as the most corporate-indoctrinated folks in the world. Its really tedious to listen to and it ruins the book in my opinion.

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  • Seb
  • 03-10-18

Great tool

Make faster progress with your product. The Sprint process feels like the minimum loveable framework for accelerating design decisions. A must for ambitious product teams.

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  • PT
  • 01-09-18

Not ideal for the audio book format

While the topic isn't anything new, seeing examples of how sprints can be used to solve problems was very interesting. The problem, I found, was that it's more of a reference on running a sprint and for that the physical book would be more helpful. There were frequent lists, timetables and tools to use. In an audio
Io book format these were hard to follow. You'd probably need to by the book as well.

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  • Chris V.
  • 08-22-17

Patronising

Nothing innovative in here. Just insulting junk about how to use post it notes etc.

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  • Wayne Crown
  • 01-24-18

good start for bringing collaboration into design

I enjoyed the book, while I think it could spare some of the stories and explain a few of the techniques more in detail. Also the part of the user story mapping and the task amalysis is missing in my opinion. The checklists and illustrations are great, though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-17

A great way to test ideas quickly!

Particularly useful for software based solutions, the sprint offers a clear, structured way to test ideas without wasting too much time or resources. Could be difficult for smaller businesses to implement fully, but can be adapted to suit.

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  • Marco
  • 03-13-17

Concise, practical, and easy to listen to

I found the book very easy to listen to and well structured so that I was able to understand how to practically apply this in real life.

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  • Theresa
  • 10-17-16

Awesome toolkit!

Would you listen to Sprint again? Why?

Great practical toolkit on how to run a sprint in your organisation - even if you have no experience!

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

I would love to listen to more from these authors, helpful, practical, useful, inspiring.