Co-leader Gina Ranalli lead our first book club event at Bottoms Up Coffee. We discussed the book Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.
There were people in the group who hadn’t read the book, but had done sprints, so we learned from experience and talked about what the book recommended versus what happens in real life.
First concept we all agreed on: Sprints are hardly ever five days. The timeline and suggestions should be modified to best fit the organization. There is a great FAQs section in the book that talks about how you can do this. Often it’s breaking the different parts out to different days, and not following as strict of a schedule with suggested breaks/lunches.
We also explored concepts around the best and quickest ways to find users to test (from old school craigslist to recruiters), different tools to make quick and dirty prototypes, and how to get creative juices flowing (design thinking practices and talking a walk outside).
Our next book club will be in June. Look for updates on books on our calendar and emails. Even if you don’t have the book fully done, we love to hear about what you’ve learned so far in the book or in the workplace.