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Wednesday: Decide

3. Storyboard

Now it's time to take the winning sketches and string them together into a storyboard.
By Wednesday afternoon, you’ll be able to feel with customers looming ahead. Because of the short timeline, it’s tempting to jump into prototyping as soon as you’ve selected your winning ideas. But if you start prototyping without a plan, you’ll get bogged down by the small, unanswered questions. Pieces won’t fit together, and your prototype could fall apart.
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On Wednesday afternoon, you’ll answer those small questions and make a plan. Specifically, you’ll take the winning sketches and string them together into a storyboard. This will be similar to the three-panel storyboards you sketched on , but it will be longer: about ten to fifteen panels, all tightly connected into one cohesive story.
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Pro tips
Use . It makes a lot more sense than what we recommend in 😒.
Don’t drain the battery. Each decision takes energy. When tough decisions appear, defer to the
@Decider
. For small decisions, defer until tomorrow. Don’t let new abstract ideas sneak in. Work with what you have. (p. 159)
Storyboard
Set the timer and follow the steps below to create your storyboard.
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Exercise
Allocated time
Timer
Time Left
Exercise
Allocated time
Timer
Time Left
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Write privately
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10
Start
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2
Share & vote
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5
Start
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3
Decide
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10
Start
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Storyboard
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A. Write privately
Each person writes the 4-6 actions the user will take to go from starting point → goal. Remember to mark which winning sketch from you are storyboarding.
Tips: start with the first action step (see ) and the goal at the end (see ). Then, fill in the blanks in the middle.
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User action
Author
Sketch
User action
Author
Sketch
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B. Share and vote
Each person takes 30 seconds to walk through their steps. As you listen, ❤️ your favorite steps.
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Sketch
Author
User action
Upvote
Sketch
Author
User action
Upvote
The Henry Ford
14
Polly Rose
User sees FB post and clicks on link
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
2
User watches video and clicks on link to sign up
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User inputs email and clicks sign up
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User receives an email from service
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User searches for coffee bean type
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User starts shopping
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User buys coffee beans
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
Felix Marlin
User reads FB ad and clicks through
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
4
User reads article and clicks on “sign up” button
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
3
User reads testimonials on home page
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
2
User inputs email and clicks “sign up”
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User receives confirmation email and clicks “verify”
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User is taken to home page
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User browses coffee beans and clicks into item they like
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted


C. Decide
Who is the
@Decider
? She should make the final call on which steps to include in the final storyboard. She can choose to respect the votes or not.
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Sketch
Author
User action
Upvote
Decider's pick
Sketch
Author
User action
Upvote
Decider's pick
The Henry Ford
14
Felix Marlin
7
User reads FB ad and clicks through
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
4
User reads article and clicks on “sign up” button
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
3
User reads testimonials on home page
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
2
User inputs email and clicks “sign up”
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User receives confirmation email and clicks “verify”
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User is taken to home page
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User browses coffee beans and clicks into item they like
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
Polly Rose
7
User sees FB post and clicks on link
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
2
User watches video and clicks on link to sign up
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User inputs email and clicks sign up
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
1
User receives an email from service
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User searches for coffee bean type
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User starts shopping
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted
User buys coffee beans
filled-like reaction, you have not reacted


D. Storyboard
Now draw out your story, one frame at a time, just like a comic book. Digital whiteboard tools like
, , or work great for the sketches.
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The Henry Ford
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User reads FB ad and clicks through
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User watches video and clicks on link to sign up
09.16.21 - John Zeratsky_ Design Sprint - Frame 3.jpg
User inputs email and clicks “sign up”
09.16.21 - John Zeratsky_ Design Sprint - Frame 4.jpg
User receives confirmation email and clicks “verify”
09.16.21 - John Zeratsky_ Design Sprint - Frame 5.jpg
User is taken to home page
09.16.21 - John Zeratsky_ Design Sprint - Frame 6.jpg
User browses coffee beans and clicks into item they like

Once you’ve incorporated all the winning , the storyboard will be complete. And you’ve finished with the hardest part of the sprint. The decisions are made, the plan for your prototype is ready, and is a wrap.

You’re done for the day! Tomorrow head to:
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