October 1, 2017 / 57 minutes

Jake Knapp: beyond the sprint

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Jake Knapp

Jake Knapp

Author of Sprint
About The Episode

If we asked you to name a recent book that’s really changed how product teams address sticky challenges, there’s a good chance Jake Knapp’s Sprint would be at the top of your list. Since publishing and popularizing the process, design sprints have become a tool for teams at organizations as diverse as Prudential, the United Nations, and The British Museum.

Given the impact of Sprint, we’re delighted to have Jake on the show to dig into questions we’ve been curious about since reading. In this episode, we discuss topics like the relationship between design thinking and the sprint process, how sprints can work in harmony with an agile development cycle, and when not to use design sprints.

Grab your copy of Sprint and get ready to learn from the guy who literally wrote the book on it. Keep your ears peeled—Jake shares a sneak peek of his next publication, too. If you enjoy this episode, we’d appreciate it if you could leave a review on iTunes.

Jake’s bio

Jake Knapp is the New York Times bestselling author of Sprint. He spent 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process and ran it more than 150 times with companies like Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Flatiron Health. Today, teams around the world—from Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500s to schools and governments—are using Design Sprints to solve big problems and test new ideas.

Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta. Nowadays, he’s writing new books and hanging around IDEO as a Visiting Fellow.

Meet Your Hosts

Aarron Walter
VP of Design Education

As the VP of Design Education at InVision, Aarron Walter draws upon 15 years of experience running product teams and teaching design to help companies enact design best practices. Aarron founded the UX practice at MailChimp and helped grow the product from a few thousand users to more than 10 million.

He is the author of the best selling book Designing for Emotion from A Book Apart. You’ll find Aarron on Twitter and Medium sharing thoughts on design. Learn more at http://aarronwalter.com.

Eli Woolery
Director of Design Education

Eli is the Director of Design Education at InVision. His design career spans both physical and digital products, and he has worked with companies ranging from startups (his own and others) to Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his background in product and industrial design, he has been a professional photographer and filmmaker. He teaches the senior capstone class Implementation to undergraduate Product Designers at Stanford University. You can find Eli on Twitter and Medium.

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