Condense months

into days.

A Design Sprint is a 4-day process for rapidly solving big challenges, creating new products, or improving existing ones. It allows for cross-functional teams to work together in short intense bursts and we have found it the most effective way to achieve results in the shortest possible time.

Why use a Design Sprint?

Using design sprints to build prototypes and testing them with customers allows for rapid learn and adapt cycles which is the fastest way to find out if a product is worth developing, if a feature is worth the effort, or if your value proposition is really valid.

It is the best of business strategy, design thinking, lean startup and behavioural science – packed into a process that that has been tested and refined over 4-years with hundreds of startups and corporate teams.

The design sprint process will help generate ideas, prioritise them, develop realistic prototypes and test them with customers. This enables your teams to get data on how customers really behave at a fraction of the cost of traditional approaches, leading to a rapid increase in revenue, reduction in time to market and enabling fatally flawed projects to change direction or be shut down quickly – saving time and money.


A Design Sprint will:

  • Reduce time to market by quickly testing new ideas and validating assumptions upfont.
  • Increase collaboration by breaking down functional silos, reducing handoff delays and getting part time teams making progress.
  • Upskill teams in new ways of work resulting in improved performance.


Contact us to run your own design sprint

Why Surge?

Working with Surge, you are plugging your company into a well-oiled machine.

Our expert sprint facilitators have extensive experience working on a wide variety of projects in many different industries and have run sprints at many of the leading brands such as Standard Bank, ABSA, BCX, Telkom, MMI, Hollard, Sanlam and Alexander Forbes.

We also have a worldclass team of designers, web developers and data scientists that help turn brain farts into reality.


What does a typical sprint look like?

Sprint Planning

Define long term goal

Define Sprint outcome and questions

Identify stakeholders and SME's



Post Sprint


Insights document

Next steps

Actual Sprint

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Learn through interviews and lightning talks

Ideate many solutions

Choose the best solutions

Design the prototype

Build one or two prototypes

Test prototype with real users

Document learnings


“We did seven months of work in a week!"

Standard Bank, Head of Payments

Want to do it yourself?

No problem. We’ll teach you how to run a design sprints during a fun 1 day face to face masterclass.

 - learn from people with real-world sprint experience

 - get our slide decks and sprint playbook

 - gain practical experience by running a mock sprint during the training

 - get all stationary and tools you need to run your own sprint


Up to 50 people can be trained, working in groups of 5.