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To start planning your Design Jam, choose a theme that aligns with your organisation's goals and priorities. Each of these sample themes includes suggested agendas, in-depth exercises and tips. You can also build your own unique Jam using our materials as a jumping off point.

This Design Jam plan focuses on current issues in Trust, Transparency & Control and searches how businesses can be more open, clear and direct about people data practices.



Ahead of the Jam

Plan

Take a Break

Nobody does their best work when they're hangry or thirsty. Take a 15 minute break to refresh and grab something tasty.

On the Day of the Jam

Discover

Introduce

Introduce participants to the Design Jam concept, and explain the day's activities. Familiarise participants with design thinking methodologies.

Set The Context

Use these short, incisive exercises to get participants thinking about the activity of designing for a specific challenge.

Tips

🔁Run the 3 exercises simultaneously by setting up 3 stations, and dividing the audience into 3 groups. Each group spends 15 minutes per station before rotating to the next one.

💭At the end, allow for 5 to 10 minutes of debrief and ask each facilitator to share what they've observed out of the exercises and what participants should keep in mind for the day.

Inspire

An expert or set of experts discuss topics specific to the Jam to share their insights and experiences with participants.

Tip

📝 Gather and group ideas from post its on a board and name them per theme. Facilitators and team members gather 'How Might We's' post-its and arrange them by theme — curating content from the morning to help each team feel distinct for the afternoon activities.

Lunch time!

Nobody does their best work when they’re hangry. Take a 45 minute break, grab something tasty and meet other participants.

Ideate

Create ideas

Creating and sharing ideas in a group can be intimidating. Set expectations and establish some rules to make everyone feel comfortable.

Tips

📑Make sure the Know Your Business cheet-sheat, Data Use Briefs and Personas you've put together ahead of the Jam are available on each table as go-to documents for the teams.

💡Hit the wall of the day where you've previously gathered the 'How Might We's' sticky notes for inspiration & input.

🎤Once Challenge Statements are ready, take 5 minutes for each team to present their statements and experts to give actionnable feedback in return.

Get Feedback

It can be difficult to know which ideas to move forward with. Let participants share ideas, and use group feedback to choose the best direction forward.

Tip

📋 Spend five minutes debriefing with your team to be ready to kick-off prototyping straight after the break.

Take a Break

Nobody does their best work when they're hangry or thirsty. Take a 15 minute break to refresh and grab something tasty.

Prototype

Make it real

Bringing your ideas to life is an important step in any Design Jam. By building something tangible, participants will fully explore each concept and help others to understand it.

Tips

🧭Ask experts in the facilitating team to rotate from team to team, providing guidance and identifying interesting points in team conversations.

🗂️Prepare an online repository with the materials that teams will need for prototyping. Ask each team to save their prototypes and design files to the repository.

🤹Split the team in different task forces: one working on the designs and prototypes, one on the presentation and someone keeping tracking of the time and making sure it all fits together nicely.

Share-out

Your participants will generate a great number of ideas and concepts. Allow each team to present its big idea, and allow participants, stakeholders and experts to give feedback.

Tip

⏲️Assign the order and time in which teams will present. At our Jams, we usually allow each team a 5-minute pitch, followed by 1 minute of questions.

Wrap it up nicely

Keep the conversations and connections going. We recommend organizing desserts or a cocktail hour after each Design Jam.