Running global virtual design sprints: webinar recap

Written by 
Emilia Åström
March 7, 2019

The first ever global virtual design sprint was generated from a simple thesis: If design sprints work well with everyone in the same room, could that same success be achieved in a virtual environment?

Last November, we teamed up with Robert Skrobe (Dallas Design Sprints) to run the first ever global virtual design sprint (GVDS).  The sprint brought together practitioners, thought leaders and design sprint enthusiasts from Romania, Germany, China, Japan, Australia, South and North America.

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Robert organized and facilitated the virtual design sprint event towards a surprisingly successful outcome, allowing everyone involved to practice and apply various design sprint methodologies and processes for a broad variety of interesting ideas and challenges.

In this webinar, Robert shared how you can run your own virtual design sprint using Mural, what the first global virtual design sprint did to achieve its success, and their plans for an even bigger event this upcoming April.

If you missed the webinar, we've got all of the resources below - including the presentation mural, templates, and video recording.


Presentation mural

Explore the webinar presentation mural (navigate using the outline section on the right side of the mural):

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Create a mural from the templates below and invite your teammates in to kickstart your next virtual design sprint.

Choose a challenge for your sprint with this Lightning Decision Jam template:


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Run the full sprint in one mural:


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Use the Emotional Rollercoaster Template (by Dana Vetan from Design Sprint Academy) when you need to manage  group dynamics in a virtual design sprint


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Design sprints come in many forms and flavors. Combine and improve the activities to fit your needs.


Video recording

Watch the webinar video recording:

Follow along as Robert shares how he organized the first global virtual design sprint, how he’s planning for the next one.  You’ll get insight into specific activities that you can use for your own design sprints. He also answers a LOT of questions in the live Q&A!

Stay tuned for more educational content and templates from MURAL.


Keep learning

More resources:

Workshop Recap: Running Remote Design Sprints

Make Meaningful Progress Via Remote Design Sprints: Webinar Recap

About the authors

About the authors

Emilia Åström

Emilia Åström

Emilia Åström is a facilitator and coach of creative and collaborative processes that support digital transformation.

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