AI Design Sprint: A Collaborative and Hands-On Method to Fast-Track AI Success

Keeping up with technology trends can be overwhelming.

There is always something new to learn, and just when you think you are starting to understand one, another one pops up.

You’ve probably heard the term artificial intelligence or AI being frequently thrown around recently.

It is often surrounded by misconceptions and questions about its purpose and capabilities.

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However, separating the hype from the reality is essential.

In simple terms, Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field of computer science that focuses on developing machines or software capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. These tasks include reasoning, learning, decision-making, natural language processing, computer vision, and more.

But why is everyone talking about AI?

Apart from its well-known ethical and philosophical challenges, AI can also serve as a catalyst for innovation and better user experiences.

It is the fastest-growing technology in today’s world, with the potential to transform various industries and create new opportunities for innovation and social impact.

This is similar to what we witnessed during the advent of industrialization.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), enterprise spending on generative AI services, software, and infrastructure will increase from $16 billion in 2023 to $143 billion in 2027, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 73.3%.

Furthermore, global spending on AI, including software, hardware, and services for AI-centric systems, is forecasted to reach $154 billion in 2023, an increase of 26.9% over the amount spent in 2022.

Many organizations understand the importance of AI and are investing resources to use its power and create new solutions.

That’s why AI is a popular topic and a driving force for innovation in today’s world.

Let’s see how AI can specifically help your business.

What Role Can AI Play for Your Business?

What is an AI Design Sprint?

Origins of the AI Design Sprint

Traditional Method vs. Al Design Sprint Method

Sprint Towards AI Technology Adoption

What to Expect from an AI Design Sprint?

When to Run an AI Design Sprint?

Two Types of AI Workshops That We Cover

Who Should be Part of the AI Design Sprint Team?

How to Prepare for an AI Design Sprint?

Outcomes of an AI Design Sprint

What Role Can AI Play for Your Business?

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The implementation of AI in businesses is limitless, with countless possibilities for exploration.

Some projects focus on specific areas to solve narrow challenges, while others take a comprehensive approach to AI integration.

For example, AI can:

✅ speed up decision-making processes
✅ improve efficiency and productivity
✅ make products smarter
✅ enhance customer retention
✅ proactively detect fraud and liabilities
✅ save time with automated processes
✅ enhance accuracy for financial and maintenance forecasts
✅ operate 24/7
✅ establish a competitive edge

…and many more.

These are just a few examples of how you can start making positive changes.

If that still sounds too abstract, we have compiled a few practical examples below:

Amazon StyleSnap: the Amazon shopping app lets users upload a photo of a fashion item they like, and get recommendations for similar items available on Amazon.

Dorabot: DHL is using AI-powered Dorabot robots to improve its sorting operations by automating the process.

Everlaw: is a software that helps lawyers quickly find relevant cases, saving them days or weeks of manual research.

Atlantic Health System: uses AI process automation to speed up prior authorizations, freeing up staff and improving patient care.

As you can see, there are already many real-life examples out there.

What’s the next step for your business?

Identify the key challenges or areas where integrating AI can enhance the resilience and profitability of your company.

How you may ask?

Allow us to present to you the revolutionary superpower of our preferred approach for tackling business AI challenges: the AI Design Sprint™.

What is an AI Design Sprint?

Businesses are using artificial intelligence (AI) in various ways to enhance efficiency, save time, and reduce costs.

With ongoing advancements, AI is rapidly becoming a valuable asset for companies in different industries.

In order to identify the right use cases, we use a structured workshop method called the AI Design Sprint™ for solution design.

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Below, you will find more detailed infographics and information about our various AI Design Sprint frameworks.

The AI Design Sprint workshop framework aims to bridge the gap between business and AI technology.

It brings together an interdisciplinary team to develop holistic solution concepts in just a few days, without requiring any technical knowledge.

It takes only 2-3 days to create 1 or 2 AI solution concepts in our workshop.

After that, we spend 2 more days for the tech check and an additional week to build a prototype (this requires technical expertise from either our team or yours).

The main goal of an AI Design Sprint is to accelerate AI process or product development, validate ideas, and minimize the risk of failure without building and launching the product.

The flexibility in the scale and scope of these AI projects is based on specific needs and goals.

Whether you’re looking to optimize processes, develop business models, or explore potential applications of AI in companies, this framework empowers decision-makers and their teams to independently create customized AI concepts effortlessly.

Origins of the AI Design Sprint

The AI Design Sprint™ is based on the principles of the Google Design Sprint.

It was originally created by Jake Knapp at GV (Google Ventures) and has been improved with additional methods from design thinking, service systems design, and artificial intelligence by our Danish AI Design Agency Partner, 33A.

Holy smokes, 33A’s AI Design Sprint™ is excellent! - Jake Knapp, inventor of the Google Design Sprint

The Google Design Sprint was initially introduced as a structured and time-efficient method to minimize risk when introducing a new product, service, or feature to the market.

Its purpose is to clearly define goals, validate assumptions, and establish a product roadmap before beginning development.

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The original 5-day Google Design Sprint. We use a modified version called Design Sprint 2.0, which only takes 4 days.

For our work, we use an updated version called the Design Sprint 2.0.

If you’d like to learn more, please head over to a more detailed article about the Design Sprint 2.0.

With the increasing importance of artificial intelligence in different industries, there was a need to have specialized Sprint workshops that deal with the specific challenges of AI.

This resulted in adapting the Design Sprint framework to better handle the complexities of AI development.

Traditional Method vs. AI Design Sprint Method

Is it really possible that the AI Design Sprint method can bring a team together, improve processes, or transform products using AI in such short amount of time?

Yes. Absolutely.

👇 Let us show you how 👇

The traditional approach to team collaboration on projects involves:

❌ Long meetings

❌ Communication is primarily through email, with some face-to-face interactions.

❌ Disagreements over what to prioritize

❌ Fights over ideas & solutions

❌ Frequent delays in reaching a prototype or testing phase

❌ Missing team members

The AI Design Sprint framework focuses on:

✅ A fast-paced structure that achieves results efficiently

✅ Discussions and active listening involve everyone contributing to the conversation

✅ Productive discussions yield more than words – sketches, notes, questions, and demos that spark action beyond mere conversation

✅ Note-taking in the form of questions and solutions allows for continuous progress to be made

✅ Physical activity, creating mind maps and diagrams, and acting out user scenarios

✅ Voting systems that facilitate decision-making without disadvantaging anyone

✅ An external facilitator to keep things moving

Sounds good in theory – let’s explore how it works in more detail.

Sprint Towards AI Technology Adoption

Instead of taking big challenges all at once, we encourage you to begin with small, manageable steps that bring noticeable results.

It’s all about making progress without overwhelming your team. Start small, win big.

Our AI Design Sprint is designed to be a practical, hands-on experience, providing tangible results in just a few days:

✅ Hands-on exploration: Imagine a learning experience that is not theoretical but practical. Your team actively collaborates to find practical and beneficial uses for AI that fit perfectly to your business.

✅ Tailored tools for Design Thinking: We have carefully selected tools that match each stage of the AI Design Thinking process. These tools help you easily achieve reliable AI outcomes and seamlessly incorporate them into your company’s ethical principles.

✅ Guidance from experts: Our team of AI experts and workshop facilitators are here to help you navigate the complexities of AI technologies. We understand these intricacies and can guide your team to set your business on the right path.

This approach not only respects your business’s time constraints but also our commitment to providing impactful results swiftly.

What sets our framework apart is its simplicity and efficiency.

We believe that AI adoption shouldn’t be a complex process but rather a well-guided journey that yields immediate results.

What to Expect from an AI Design Sprint?

Participants can expect engaging, well-structured experiences that yield outstanding results.

Each Sprint is customized to meet the specific needs and use cases of your company.

Your team will utilize our specialized frameworks for opportunity mapping and concept development, as well as other tools such as AI Ethics Cards, Data Sources Cards, and AI Method Cards that were specifically developed for AI software projects.

Allow us to provide a more detailed explanation of these frameworks and tools.

Simple Innovation Framework

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Please note: This is just a snippet from the remote version of the AI Design Sprint.

This innovation framework, incorporating elements of Design Thinking, is simple, repeatable, and fosters collaboration among different teams, leading to reliable results with ease. Leveraging our expertise in AI technologies and innovative approaches, we organize engaging and enjoyable workshops, whether conducted online or in-person. Please expect intensive co-creation workshops spanning two days (duration can be adjusted based on your specific requirements).

AI Method Cards

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Please note: These are just a small selection of the AI method cards.

The AI Cards are a valuable and innovative tool within our innovation framework. They greatly assist individuals in exploring the potential of AI and generating application ideas using the card-sorting method. These cards cover a wide range of use cases and provide a comprehensive overview, making it easy for users to understand and explore how to apply them to their business, job, or any other activity.

AI Ethics Cards

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These cards are used to perform an ethical check on any AI solution.

AI presents ethical challenges that need to be addressed. It introduces new risks to human rights, including issues related to discrimination, surveillance, transparency, privacy, security, freedom of expression, the right to work, and access to public services. Therefore, it is crucial to evaluate the ethical implications of any AI solution developed. In order to assist participants in considering all ethical aspects, we utilize AI Ethics Cards during the workshop.

Data Sources Cards

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Easily identify the data required for your AI solution concept.

Data is essential for AI. There is a growing need for us to understand the concept of “data” and how to use it effectively. The Data Sources Cards are a valuable resource that offer a variety of data sources. They can be used by teams as a starting point for brainstorming and conceptualizing solutions, even without technical expertise. By exploring these diverse data sources, teams can expand their perspectives and discover new possibilities for their projects.

These are the key elements that will make it very easy for your team to start AI projects and playfully develop solution concepts, even without technical expertise.

After the opportunity mapping and concept development phase, the Tech Check and Prototype phases are conducted.

During these phases, the solution concepts generated in the workshop are thoroughly evaluated by AI experts to create an initial prototype roadmap and further develop the prototype in the next step.

We will assist you in evaluating the feasibility of your ideas, suggesting appropriate technologies, and creating a development and deployment plan if necessary.

When to Run an AI Design Sprint?

We have designed these workshops based on years of experience, many Design Thinking sessions, and collaboration with clients.

In today’s world, simply desiring to apply artificial intelligence in business is not enough.

Many businesses are now adopting AI solutions to gain a competitive edge, driven by the recognition that AI can revolutionize operations and products.

So, we customize our workshops for each client, ensuring they are suitable for your industry and business to maintain competitiveness.

When should you conduct an AI Design Sprint for your business?

✅ You want to understand the current status of artificial intelligence.
✅ You want to identify and explore AI use cases in your company.
✅ You want to be more prepared for the future.
✅ You want to decrease the risk for your AI product and service development.
✅ You want to improve efficiency and streamline processes.
✅ You want to develop new offerings or improve your products.
✅ You want to automate mundane and time-consuming manual tasks.
✅ You want to improve customer satisfaction through effective interactions.

… and more.

The AI Design Sprint addresses these issues proactively with efficacy.

Our practical and measurable approach helps you achieve goals through flexible, dynamic, team-oriented activities that deliver feasible results and serve as the first step towards AI adoption.

For most use cases, we have two AI Design Sprint frameworks available that typically cover all your needs.

Two Types of AI Workshops That We Cover

We offer two workshop formats that can address various use cases, such as exploring potential applications, developing business models, optimizing processes, improving or transforming products using artificial intelligence (AI).

AI Design Sprint: Process Automation

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In this workshop, our focus is on streamlining and optimizing your operational processes through AI integration. We will guide participants in identifying areas that can be automated through AI opportunity mapping. This will be followed by framing, concept development, tech check, and prototyping. The aim is to enhance efficiency, reduce manual efforts, and integrate AI to streamline workflows for operational excellence.

Follow the provided link to access our service page about the AI Design Sprint: Process Automation.

In addition to our existing resources, we’ve crafted a comprehensive blog article centered on the topic of AI Design Sprint: Process Automation. We encourage you to delve into this article for insightful information and a detailed analysis of the subject.

AI Design Sprint: Products and Services

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This Sprint framework focuses on incorporating AI into the development of your products and services. We provide support for AI opportunities, concept development, tech checks, and prototyping. This is followed by validation to ensure that AI technologies are strategically integrated to meet business and customer expectations. The goal is to improve or transform products using AI and stay ahead of the competition.

For more information about the AI Design Sprint: Products & Services, please follow the link to our service page provided.

Additionally, we’ve added a detailed blog post about AI Design Sprint: Products & Services to our current resources. We recommend reading this post for useful information and a comprehensive overview of the topic.

With these two types of workshops, you can eliminate complicated technical language and adopt a simple, efficient framework created by experts.

No technical knowledge is required, just an open mind and a willingness to transform your business.

Who Should be Part of the AI Design Sprint Team?

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Please note: The selection of the team above is just one example among many.

Having the right workshop team is crucial for the success of AI Design Sprints.

The collaborative workshop sessions require a diverse mix of expertise and perspectives.

It is recommended to have about 4-8 members on the team.

The team should include individuals such as:

➡️ Organizational experts
➡️ Decision-makers
➡️ Individuals with operational-level insights
➡️ Technical managers
➡️ Transformation managers
➡️ Design leads
➡️ Product managers
➡️ etc.

It is important to involve individuals with direct involvement or deep understanding of the processes or products you wish to automate or transform.

And the best part is, you don’t need any technical expertise to participate in the AI Design Sprint.

In addition to the participants, there will be an AI Design Sprint facilitator and, if necessary, a prototyping expert from our side.

This well-rounded composition of participants ensures that the session addresses not only technical aspects but also aligns with the strategic goals of the organization.

How to Prepare for an AI Design Sprint?

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For an AI Design Sprint to be successful, careful preparation is paramount.

We customize workshops to address your specific business needs, maximizing the impact of AI solutions.

First of all, we conduct a pre-workshop information gathering session in which we;

🔍 Ask general questions about business, products, and processes
🔍 Gather answers to your current problems
🔍 Identify new business goals in the problem context
🔍 Determine the data you collect
🔍 Explore the business’s tech infrastructure and tools
🔍 Your expectations

This preparatory process ensures that our AI Design Sprint is not only tailored to your business needs but is also informed by a nuanced understanding of your challenges, goals, and technological landscape.

Outcomes of an AI Design Sprint

By the end of the collaborative process, you will have uncovered and recognized the potential of Artificial Intelligence for your business and more.

However, let’s delve into more detail about what you can expect as a potential outcome.

The AI Design Sprint framework consists of two parts: the AI Design Sprint Modules and the Tech Modules.

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Outcome: Al Design Sprint™ Modules

1 or 2 AI solution concepts for automating processes or transforming products.
Identification of key AI tasks and integration into logical, value-driven workflow.
AI ethics checks to ensure responsible and ethical use cases.
Overview of data needed for implementation, depending on module scope.
Naming of the product or process for clear branding and recognition.
AI roadmap outlining the trajectory of your project.
Project handover and report (including tech review, data advice, proposed solutions).

In addition, you can take further steps towards actionable and transformative initiatives, such as conducting a technical feasibility check and prototyping.

Outcome: Tech Modules

Technical feasibility check: During the tech check stage, we evaluate the technical feasibility of the proposed solutions. This evaluation results in a detailed and comprehensive functional representation. It not only offers practical solutions to your business challenge but also enables you to visualize and experience these solutions firsthand. This ensures that the chosen AI concepts align seamlessly with your technological infrastructure.

Prototype: This hands-on approach ensures that you have all the necessary insights to make informed decisions about advancing your AI initiatives. It also allows for the creation of a prototype as a potential next step for testing and validation. This, in turn, will further improve the viability and reliability of your solution.


With this article, we have demystified the complexities of AI and introduced you to a powerful tool for unlocking its potential within your organization: the AI Design Sprint.

The primary goal of an AI Design Sprint is to fast-track AI process or product development, validate ideas, and reduce the risk of failure without building and launching the actual product.

Additionally, you can eliminate complex technical jargon and adopt a straightforward, efficient framework designed by experts.

This approach is both playful and practical, and no technical expertise is required, just an open mind and a desire to revolutionize your business.

This isn’t just theory; it’s a hands-on, collaborative journey that delivers tangible results in just days.

Imagine your team brimming with excitement, unveiling AI solutions that boost efficiency, enhance customer experiences, and propel you ahead of the competition.

Whether you want to optimize processes, develop new offerings, or simply gain a competitive edge, the AI Design Sprint method is a valuable starting point for your AI journey.

The AI Design Sprint is already being adopted by leading companies and institutions, such as Bayer, Porsche, Fraunhofer, SAP, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, VW, and many others!

So don’t waste time and resources on guesswork. Instead, utilize this revolutionary workshop framework.

The AI Design Sprint™ is your fast track to AI success.

Get in Touch

Contact us today to learn more about the AI Design Sprint and how it can help you achieve your goals.

You also have the option to try our demo offer called the AI Design Sprint Experience Session, with no obligations attached.

Feel free to send us a message at any time.