Apologies, I have not been posting anything the past few weeks. I’ve been hit with a double whammy. One is that I’ve been attending with several engaging webinars and MeetUps. The other is that I’ve had to debug my website. One of the plugin updates caused some javascript problems that prevented me from creating or editing blog posts or pages. I have since disabled the offending plugin while I get support.

Image of DASH Mural

One of the fabulously fun and engaging sessions that kept me busy was the 5-day DASH Demo led byRobert Skrobe. He’s one excellent Design Guru. He created DASH, a mash-up of Alberto Savoia’s pretotyping (see his book, The Right It), his mathematics behind probabilistic success, and Design Sprints. It’s a fantastic way to see if your start-up idea might just fly with actual data to back it up. With DASH, you don’t go entirely with gut feel only – you run a lightweight signal test, get user feedback, and through statistics, see how viable your idea actually is. Doing this can help you decide if your idea is worth pursuing, pivoting, or discarding – depending on the results of the signals.

The five days I spent with a few other participants provided Robert with enough feedback to finalize the Mural templates and the instructions or process of running a DASH. The templates should be out on creative commons soon for people to use.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in seeing what transpired in the five-day session I went through, click on the playlist below (each video in the list is about 1.5 hours long, FYI).

And if you want me to run one with you, please let me know. I’m more than happy to facilitate one with you and your team.​  I just ran a session with a client of mine, and they liked the whole endeavor. We’re now building something out and seeing what the signals return to us.

An Example of Online Collaboration Done Very Well

Just because you’re remote doesn’t mean you can’t Collaborate

During the early part of the Shelter in Place, I participated in a highly collaborative design sprint exercise. The whole session was online.

Since the Agile ideal is face to face, who says you can’t have the same fidelity, if not better, of collaborative brainstorming sessions online? See for yourself:





To say that I had fun doing this is an understatement. I got all my creative juices going, and I think I came up with a pretty good idea in the end.

There are three things that you can take away from this highly successful online collaboration. One is an excellent and effective facilitator. He adeptly handled and guided people throughout, giving instructions, helping when needed, and asking probing questions.

The second thing is that facilitator must be well prepared. Notice that all the tooling was in place at the very start. Our facilitator communicated prepared instructions in multiple ways – verbally, textually, as well as visually. Being able to do this requires intentioned planning.

Third is the right tool to use. I’ve seen people try to collaborate similarly with Google docs or spreadsheets, especially in this pandemic. The results were mediocre.

Thanks toRobert Skrobefor holding and facilitating this session. I enjoyed a great learning moment as a participant. You can catch more of what he does on theDallas Design Sprint YouTube channel.

Zoom Design Jam