The Official 5-Day Design Sprint
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Sprint team

Assemble your sprint team.
Here’s where you decide who will be on your sprint team, and the roles each person will play. For more, read Chapter 2 in .
Step 1: Review sprint roles
Each role is crucial to the success of a sprint. Familiarize yourself with them before assigning people in Step 2.
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Role
Description
Role
Description
1
Participant
Participants are typically a small group of cross-functional teammates that add ideas and participate in each of the exercises.
2
Decider
The “Decider” role exists within this exercise to make final choices or break ties. This has to be one person, and it’s usually the CEO.
3
Facilitator
The Moderator, who is also a
@Participant
, keeps the meeting on track, starts/stops timers, provides instructions, takes notes, etc.
4
Extra Expert
If you have more than seven people you think should participate in your sprint, schedule the extras to come in as “experts” for a short visit on Monday afternoon.
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Step 2: Assign people to roles
Now, add members to the sprint team below 👇
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Clear examples
Tips for assigning roles
Mix diverse skills with the real team who's responsible for implementation. Consider including experts in finance, marketing, customers, technology, logistics, and/or design.
Ideally your team is seven or fewer (currently you have
6
core team members)
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Sprint Role
Person
Job title
Sprint Role
Person
Job title
Decider
1
Lola Tseudonym
CEO / Founder
Facilitator
1
Buck Dubois
Business development manager
Participant
4
Polly Rose
Community manager
Felix Marlin
Customer support lead
Adam Davis
User researcher
MM
Maria Marquis
Engineering lead
Extra Expert
1
Mary Jones
Engineer


Step 3: Answer FAQ
When will your
@Decider
join the sprint?
Your Decider is the true decision-maker—the "CEO" of this project or even the actual CEO.
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If cameos only, when will they join? Monday 4pm, Wednesday 12pm, or all day Friday?
Who is your Delegated Decider?
If your Decider joins for cameos only, you'll need a Delegated Decider—someone with the authority to make smaller decisions during the sprint. Give that person the
@Decider
role above.
Will your Sprint Team clear their schedules for the sprint?
If yes… you’re ready to sprint!
If no… maybe this isn't the right challenge or the right team.

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