Design Sprint Supplies

Here's everything you need to run a Design Sprint. (Running a remote sprint? Check out the Remote Sprint Guide for links to all the software you'll need.)

The Sprint Book

This is self-serving but true: the more people on your team who have read the book, the easier your sprint will go.

Time Timers

You need at least one 60-minute Time Timer, but also consider getting a 20-minute timer for tracking shorter activities, and/or a 120-minute timer for tracking time between breaks.

Whiteboards

You will want (ideally) two whiteboards. This particular model is pricey but high quality—it doesn't shake too much when you write on it, which is a big deal. If you can't get whiteboards, consider:

- Post-It pads or Magic Whiteboard sheets with easels
- Idea Paint to turn the walls into whiteboards
- Or just tape up a bunch of butcher paper

Black Whiteboard Markers

You'll use these on the whiteboards and for exercises on paper. (We know it's kinda weird.) Using a thicker marker will keep your ideas pithy and easy for others to read. Chisel tip is best. Get 12 markers.

Yellow Sticky Notes, 3đť—‘5 inches

Use plain yellow (the colorful ones just add unnecessary cognitive load). You'll want about 2 pads per person in your sprint.

Paper Mate Flair Black Pens

These are our pens of choice for sketching. Avoid super-thin pens that encourage tiny writing. Get 12 pens.

Plain Copy Paper

For sketching. Get 100 sheets, letter size or A4.

Masking Tape

For posting solution sketches on the wall. Get at least one roll.

1/4" Dot Stickers

You'll use these for heat maps. Get a few hundred stickers (one box of ChromaLabel dots has 1,000 stickers).

3/4" Dot Stickers

You'll use these for voting. Get a few dozen stickers (one box of ChromaLabel dots has 1,000 stickers)

Healthy Snacks

Eat healthy snacks during your sprint. Apples, bananas, yogurt, nuts, and dark chocolate. Get more than enough for everybody. Sugary foods and big burritos will make everyone sluggish by afternoon, so opt for healthy.

KIND Bars

Seriously, how great are KIND Bars?! They are healthy-ish, easy to find, and great to have on hand during a sprint.

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