Running a workshop or design sprint with designers, developers, product managers, copywriters, etc can be fun (and, if you’re not prepared, stressful!)

One way I like to kick a stakeholder workshop off is to use ‘Hopes and Fears’ as a first exercise.

Using Hopes and fears in a design sprint

Get your participants to write down their hopes and fears for the project (or whatever the workshop is about) on post-it’s.

You can then theme them by cluster and talk through them with the group. The Hopes can be used to motivate the room and the Fears can be squashed OR a plan made to deal with them 👌

This way, all those pesky fears or worries that stakeholders tend to hoard up in these types of workshops are out in the open at the beginning and they won’t haunt the rest of your session (fingers crossed!)


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