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Design Sprint Foundations

Nanodegree Program

Learn to use the Design Sprint process to test ideas, leverage opportunities, and power innovation. With expert instruction and hands-on training, you’ll become an exceptional problem-solver.

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We do offer several other programs in our School of Business you may be interested in.

All our programs include:

  • Real-world projects from industry experts

    With real-world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top-tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

  • Technical mentor support

    Our knowledgeable mentors guide your learning and are focused on answering your questions, motivating you, and keeping you on track.

  • Career services

    You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

  • Flexible learning program

    Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

Why Learn the Design Sprint Process?

Popularized in Jake Knapp’s bestseller “Sprint,” the Design Sprint process has revolutionized how products are brought to market. Design firm AJ&Smart has created a Version 2.0 to design products for Lufthansa, Zalando, Red Bull, and more. Now, Udacity and AJ&Smart are combining forces so you can master the problem-solving power of Design Sprints!

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Hundreds of companies use Product Design Sprints to solve big problems

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Learn by Doing

Gain an understanding of the new 4-day Design Sprint by working on a Design Sprint. Define the challenge, devise solutions, prototype, and draw conclusions from user-testing.
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Build Better Products Faster

Experts at AJ&Smart teach you how to compress months of work and endless discussions into one week to improve or develop a new product, or to solve a difficult question.

Personalized Project Reviews

Benefit from personalized feedback every step of the way from expert reviewers. Your projects will prepare you to problem solve efficiently and effectively.

An Engaging Community

Join a dynamic community of learners to draw inspiration and knowledge. You will give and receive support, make connections, and stay on track with your learning.

What You Will Learn

  1. Master the Design Sprint Process

    1 Month to complete

    Learn to use the Design Sprint process to test new business ideas, and produce better products, services, and strategies, faster.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    1. Day 1: Creating “The Concept”

      You’ll begin by learning what happens on Day 1 of a Design Sprint: How to choose a challenge, and how to propose a solution, called a “Concept.”

    2. Day 2: Creating “The Storyboard”

      On Day 2, proposed Concepts get voted on, and a direction is decided upon. You’ll then learn to create a detailed Storyboard for the winning Concept.

    3. Day 3: Creating “The Prototype”

      To create The Prototype, a Design Sprint team has to delegate tasks, spend time building, and then put the parts together. You’ll learn how to contribute your piece of the puzzle.

    4. Day 4: User Testing!

      Here, you’ll learn how to prepare for user testing, how to actually conduct user testing, and how to summarize user testing feedback in a Summary Report.

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.

Jake KnappAuthor of SPRINT

Learn with the best.

Learn with the best.

  • Jonathan Courtney


    Jonathan is a Product Designer and Co-Founder of AJ&Smart. Born in Ireland, he now works between Berlin and San Francisco, helping the best companies in the world make better products faster.

  • Michael Smart


    Michael is a Product Designer and Co-Founder of AJ&Smart. He has facilitated hundreds of Design Sprints with the world’s most innovative companies, designing award-winning products and services, while empowering teams to change the way they work.

  • Andrej Ktitarev


    Andrej is a product designer at AJ&Smart. With a background in psychology and computer science, he has run Design Sprints and built different prototypes for various industries all over the world.

  • Anke Audenaert


    Anke is the product lead for the School of Business at Udacity. She previously ran Market Research at Yahoo!, co-founded two companies, and is on the marketing faculty at UCLA Anderson.

  • Brittni Bowering


    Brittni is the Head of Media at AJ&Smart. She has a background in marketing and video advertising, and a passion for business. She has facilitated hundreds of Design Sprints across various industries.

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