Design Sprints and design Cycles

We believe that collaboration and data-driven validation create better products, faster.

Validate strategies with Design Sprints.
Continue to grow with Design Cycles.

We use our 5-day intensive Design Sprints to collaboratively identify a problem, rapidly prototype a solution, and conduct user testing. The results of the Sprint give you a validated direction to follow as you continue to design your product with us and our network of collaborators.

Phase one

Design Sprint

Over the course of a collaborative 5-day Design Sprint, we create and test a high-fidelity interactive prototype to solve a problem revealed by your users.

The Design Sprint will let you rapidly validate the problem you’re trying to solve and gather critical feedback to start building your solution. The prototype that we create during the sprint will be a valuable design asset which can be used as a reference for development, or to demonstrate your product to potential investors, partners, or customers.
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Understand Challenges


On the first day, your team and ours will work together to define the problem you’re trying to solve and generate possible solutions individually.
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Iterate the solution


On Day 2, we’ll collaborate to review all of our ideas from the previous day and choose a single solution to explore going forward. We will spend the second half the day outlining a storyboard flow of the solution.
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High-Fidelity Prototype


On Day 3, our design team will take over and create a high-fidelity clickable prototype based on our chosen solution.
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Real User Feedback


On day 4, we will test the prototype with 5 potential users while collecting critical feedback. Please note that it will be your responsibility to identify and contact these test users.
Recap Meeting

Sprint Results


At the end of the Design Sprint, we’ll present a synthesis of our work during a 2-hour remote meeting, outlining our findings and recommendations based on the prototype user tests.

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Phase two

Design Cycles

Using what we learned during the Design Sprint as a guide, we will immediately begin working on an active backlog found in the shareable Basecamp list to kickstart the Design Cycle process.

At the end of every month, you will work with your dedicated project manager to prioritize the backlog for the following month within the budget defined by our agreement.

Daily and weekly meetings

Project managers on both teams will synchronize the daily priorities to ensure that everyone is working cohesively. Weekly, the team will share progress on the top priorities.

Team Selection

The Checkmate product team assembled for this sprint are experts in their respective fields. The right specialist is selected at the beginning of the sprint to create operational efficiencies.

Shared Systems and Software

Our project management tools, like Drive, Slack, and Basecamp,  will all be shared. That way you can see progress as it happens and  treat both teams as a single unit.


Connecting to the Ecosystem

During our engagement, we’ll constantly be looking for people to connect you to. We believe in building a strong community of entrepreneurs, experts, and value creators.

Between accelerators, investors, industry experts, other startups, and a collection of mentors, Checkmate is bringing together the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New England.

a high fidelity clickable prototype in our 5 Day Design Sprint

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Take a look at our case studies to see the results of our process.

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