Ten Quotes from Sprint by Jake Knapp

sprintYou might have read my book review of Sprint (you can read it here). I also curated one idea from the book which you can read here. Here are ten interesting quotes I gleaned from the book.

  1. The sprint is Google Venture’s unique five-day process for answering crucial questions through prototyping and testing ideas with customers.
  2. Good ideas are hard to find. And even the best ideas face an uncertain path to real-world success.
  3. The sprint gives our startups a superpower. They can fast-forward into the future to see their finished product and customer reactions before making any expensive commitments.
  4. You won’t finish with a complete, detailed ready-to-ship product. But you will make rapid progress, and know for sure if you’re headed in the right direction.
  5. When our new ideas fail, it’s usually because we were overconfident about how well customers would understand and how much they would care.
  6. Before the sprint begins, you’ll need to have the right challenge and the right team.
  7. When a big problem comes along, like the challenge you selected for your sprint, it’s natural to want to solve it right away. The clock is ticking, the team is amped up, and solutions start popping into everyone’s mind. But if you don’t first slow down, share what you know, and prioritize, you could end up wasting time and effort on the wrong part of the problem.
  8. Starting at the end is like being handed the keys to a time machine. If you could jump ahead to the end of your sprint, what questions would be answered?
  9. Slowing down might be frustrating for a moment, but the satisfaction and confidence of a clear goal will last all week.
  10. You can run a sprint anytime you’re not sure what to do, or struggling to get started, or dealing with a high-stakes decision.
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