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Design & Data Sprints

This is how the smartest companies turn their brightest ideas into reality at light speed. Even in lockdown.

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Turn bright ideas into reality at light speed

With a Design Sprint or Data Sprint, we help organisations turn quick thinking into rapid prototyping, transform great ideas into even better products, and put UX at the heart of everything we do. Our Sprints could help you bring new products to market, re-design underperforming services, or rapidly realise the value of data in your business.

We know Sprints work, because we use these methods ourselves to develop our AI-based software and provide data science consultancy to our clients.

Even lockdown can't stop ideas from flowing. We've found the remote, virtual versions of our Sprints are more popular and effective than ever this year, as organisations seize the opportunity for more focused, high-speed problem-solving.

What if you could fast-forward to finding the best solutions to your biggest challenges?

Sprint your way to the best solution in days, not months

A Design Sprint provides a validated solution quickly, condensing months of work into a matter of days, so you can share your vision with stakeholders sooner. There’s no cutting corners – just smart, creative collaboration. Plus, time-boxed activities and inspiring tools make problem-solving fun for your team.

Unlock the power of your data

We believe that companies who win at data will become their market leaders. Most business challenges are surrounded by rich data; that’s where our two-stage Data Sprint comes in. We’ll help you work with specific datasets to rapidly bring the value of Data Science and AI to your business. We’ll uncover insights and plan prototypes that drive real solutions to your biggest challenges.

Put your people at the centre

Focusing on User Experience is one of our core principles, so our Design Sprints and Data Sprints both involve our UX team and User Testing as standard. No solution is validated unless it’s developed, designed, and built with the end-user in mind – and tested by them, too. By combining our UX expertise with your end-users, we make sure your business gets the best outcome.

The home of the Hack

Our brand-new Milton Keynes HQ (located just a five-minute walk from MK Central Station) houses our purpose-built Hack Zone. Made for hacking and sprinting, our Hack Zone is a flexible, modular space for teams of any size to collaborate and create.

Using all the latest tech and audio-visual equipment, our space enables Sprint attendees to join via video conferencing and still feel like they're right there in the room with you.

Bring your brightest minds together and let their imaginations loose on your toughest challenges with a Design Sprint or Data Sprint

Our Design Sprints & Data Sprints

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5-day Design Sprint

A time-boxed, collaborative process to help you rapidly solve big, complex business challenges, like creating new products or re-designing underperforming services. Our 5-day Design Sprint will provide you with a clear route forward, using ideation exercises to assess potential solutions and developing a hi-fi, user-validated prototype for the best solution, ready for sharing a vision and getting buy-in from your business.

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1-day Design Dash

The 1-day Design Dash condenses the collaborative, UX-led process of our 5-day Design Sprint even further. This option is ideal if you’re looking to address a smaller segment of a challenge you already know a lot about – like adding a new feature to an existing app or taking outputs from a previous Sprint through to development. By focusing on a highly concentrated scope, we help you achieve valuable outcomes in just one day.

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12-day Data Sprint

(2-day Dash + 10-day Sprint)

A focused, fail-fast framework for delivering the value of Data Science and AI to your business. Our Data Sprint service is inspired by the collaborative and UX-led principles of the Design Sprint. Our Data Sprint starts with a 2-day Data Dash, where we clearly define your challenge, understand the data behind it, and produce a feasibility matrix for the Data Science and AI techniques we can use to address it. The Dash is followed by a 10-day Data Sprint to deliver a validated prototype solution to the challenge and help you plan how to take it into production.

Frequently asked questions

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What’s the difference between a Design Sprint and a Data Sprint?

A Design Sprint is a highly collaborative and focused process that solves problems through ideation, prototyping, and testing ideas with real users. It helps to answer questions and reach deliverables within days, fast-forwarding through months of discussion and work to a validated solution. A Data Sprint is a similar process, but participants work closely with the datasets surrounding the challenge, uncovering insights and using Data Science and AI to drive solutions to the chosen challenge.

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How long does it take to complete a Design Sprint or Data Sprint?

Usually, we’ll complete a Design Sprint within 5 days. Our shorter Design Dash option takes just one day. Our 12-day Data Sprint starts with a 2-day Data Dash, then continues with a 10-day Data Sprint. These processes are short, sharp, and full of energy – you wouldn’t be able to keep that kind of approach working well for much longer.

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Does a Sprint have to be in-person or can we do a virtual one?

Where possible, we love to run Sprints in person using our purpose-built Hack Zone at Aiimi’s Milton Keynes HQ. But we’ve also been running remote Sprints for years, using our favourite tools like Miro, Sketch, and InVision for ideation and prototyping, as well as Zoom, Teams, and Slack for communication and collaboration.

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Is a Design Sprint or Data Sprint suitable for large organisations with big challenges?

We’re experienced facilitators, having led Sprints and Hacks for large UK companies like Northumbrian Water, Anglian Water, and Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, and worked alongside tech giants like IBM and Microsoft. We understand how large organisations work, so our approach is tailored for enterprise and its challenges – like securing buy-in for solutions and making transformative change happen.

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Will a Design Sprint or Data Sprint approach work for our challenges?

A Design Sprint is a valuable tool for addressing complex challenges, such as existing software that isn’t fit for purpose, a team struggling to align to clear goals, or ideas that need rapid, structured feedback to get moving. A Design Sprint can also help you hit the ground running when it comes to taking a product you already know you need into production. A Data Sprint can be used to find innovative solutions to just about any business challenge that you can provide a robust dataset around. For instance, we’ve run numerous sprints and hacks with water companies looking for solutions to massive industry-wide challenges, like reducing carbon emissions.

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What do I get at the end of a Design Sprint?

At the end of a 12-day Data Sprint (which includes a 2-day Data Dash) we will have understood the challenge, ideated solutions, selected the most beneficial applications for Data Science and AI technologies using a feasibility matrix, built a backlog, and produced a version of the solution ready to be taken into production. You’ll also benefit from increased alignment among teams and stakeholders, a more collaborative team culture, valuable savings in time and money, and most importantly the reduced risk of failure that comes with developing a validated solution.

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What do I get at the end of a Data Sprint?

At the end of a 12-day Data Sprint (which includes a 2-day Data Dash) we will have understood the challenge, ideated solutions, selected the most appropriate one using a feasibility matrix, built a backlog, and produced a version of the solution ready to be taken into production. You’ll also benefit from increased alignment among teams and stakeholders, a more collaborative team culture, valuable savings in time and money, and most importantly the reduced risk of failure that comes with developing a validated solution.

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What’s so great about the Aiimi method for Sprints?

Design Sprints and Data Sprints are our bread and butter. We’re a tech company specialising in data and information, and we know that when you fail fast, you succeed even faster. Over the years, we’ve learnt that the best way to solve any challenge is to dive straight into thinking, problem-solving, and prototyping – always keeping the end-user at the centre throughout our tried-and-tested process.

We’ve sprinted and hacked with the best of them

Anglian Water
Innovate East
Northumbrian Water
SES
Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
Luton Borough Council
See our Sprints in action

We've taken our Sprints on the road to some of the biggest Innovation Festivals.

Watch Aiimi data scientist James Robinson share how our data hack #MissionZero helped Northumbrian Water on their journey to achieving carbon neutrality by 2027...

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