Discover the new AI Design Sprint framework for AI feature integration AI Delivery

Aug 17, 2023|5 mins
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Embrace a streamlined path to AI feature integration with the AI Design Sprint

Developing a new AI feature for your existing product or service can feel like navigating uncharted waters. According to TechRepublic, 85% of AI projects eventually fail to bring their intended results to the business. The complexity of integrating an AI feature into a product or service is a daunting prospect, yet the small percentage who get it right will reap the rewards of a competitive edge. 

These challenges are shared across the tech ecosystem – they’re not limited to startups. Both SMBs and enterprises are under pressure to develop innovative AI features faster than ever before. In today’s fast-paced and competitive business landscape, all organizations need to seek innovative ways to bring their AI features to market rapidly and with a higher chance of success. 

Whilst integrating an AI feature involves complex technical challenges and potential uncertainties, there is a powerful framework that can help companies streamline their AI feature integration process and foster creativity while minimizing risks – the AI Design Sprint.

Originally developed by Google Ventures, the Design Sprint methodology has proven to be an invaluable tool for startups and established companies alike when creating user-centric products and services. Its adaptability to various industries and challenges makes it particularly well-suited for AI feature development and integration.

Why opt for the design sprint?

Companies need to integrate cutting-edge AI features that solve real-world problems, quickly. The  AI Design Sprint model condenses AI feature development into a structured, time-limited framework, creating a foundation to make the process more controlled and less prone to failure. Here are some of it’s advantages over traditional product development models:

1) Focused Problem Solving

The AI Design Sprint model follows a structured process that fosters focused problem-solving. The AI Design Sprint brings together cross-functional teams, including engineers, designers, and product managers, to collaborate and brainstorm solutions. 

2) Rapid Prototyping

In AI feature development, iterating and testing ideas are paramount. The AI Design Sprint methodology encourages rapid prototyping, allowing for the creation of create low-fidelity prototypes within a short time frame. Companies can gather valuable user feedback and refine their AI solutions accordingly. 

3) Customer-Centric Approach

The AI Design Sprint model honors a customer-centric approach, putting users at the heart of the development process. Companies have the opportunity to conduct user interviews, create user personas, and test prototypes with real users during the sprint to build products that align precisely with market demands.

4) Efficient Resource Management

Traditional AI feature integration processes can be resource-intensive, leading to delays and escalating costs. The AI Design Sprint model however, provides a structured framework that optimizes resource allocation and minimizes wastage. Concepts can be validated early in the process, allowing for necessary pivots without committing excessive resources.

5) Reduced time to market

In the fast-paced tech industry, being the first to market can make a significant difference in a project’s success. The AI Design Sprint methodology’s time-boxed nature accelerates AI feature integration, enabling companies to bring their innovative technologies to the market faster. 

6) Increased clarity 

Since the AI Design Sprint aims to reduce uncertainty and mitigate future risks that may materialize during AI integration, it brings clarity to the development process regarding cost and timeliness. 

What about us?

Over the years of close collaboration with AI companies, Neurons Lab has undergone a significant paradigm shift in our approach. Year after year, we have carefully analyzed the most prevalent challenges faced by the majority of organizations:

  • Research and problem identification from the AI lense
  • Overseeing Potential Risks
  • Uncertainty in Workload
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Detailed Work & Cost Breakdown

Confronted with these obstacles, we have developed our own version of the Design Sprint specially crafted for AI/R&D feature development. It’s a focused, predefined 2 weeks engagement with tangible outputs: technical, business and managerial artefacts. These artefacts and knowledge collected consequently help to reduce the risk and uncertainty (cost, time) in the AI feature development process.

By the end of the sprint, we suggest producing the following artefacts, as delivered in the sprints with our clients. Many of these artefacts are ideal for startups looking to raise their profile among investors or enterprises that need to gage the potential impact of integrating new AI technologies:

  • Research and problems’ identification
  • Competitor analysis report from the AI lense
  • Solutions’ ideation
  • Technical research & feasibility
  • Data research
  • Prioritized list of AI initiatives
  • PoC AI feature alignment
  • PoC architecture
  • PoC roadmap
  • Prototyping and validation
  • PoC Work Breakdown Structure
  • Lessons learned repository

Our recipe for success

  • Diverse Expertise: the mix of outstanding expertise from Business Analyses and Data Science to ML Engineering and Solution Architecture ensures holistic problem-solving
  • User-Centric Approach: conducting user interviews and iterative solution validation ensures that the product or feature meets real market needs.
  • Clear Data-Driven Decisions: all the decisions are backed by insights of data scientists, business analysts, technical experts. Mitigating risks all the assumptions are transformed into choices
  • Rapid Prototyping: all the design sprint should be built on rapid iterations, enabling fast concept visualization, real-time feedbacks and swift PoC.

Tips for Delivery or Project Managers for executing a successful AI Design Sprint 

  • Source the right Team: as Design Sprint presupposes very fast and very focused work and active collaboration, try to build the team around members that know each other for a period of time and fit together, taking into consideration soft skills and EQ. 
  • Provide the team with the artifacts and set SMART goals at least 1 week prior to the AI Design Sprint: from our experience, in order to speed up the work, the team should already be acquainted with all the materials prior to the AI Design Sprint. If you’re able, conducting Market Research and User Discovery Interviews prior to the start of the Design Sprint will facilitate speed. 
  • Facilitate collaboration: it is important to establish open communication and collaboration between all the stakeholders and team members. It might be sufficient to run a collaboration workshop with the stakeholders and ask the customer to dedicate at least 2 hours daily into the project for collaboration and validation.
  • Assure clarity & control: It is crucial for the AI Design Sprint management process to establish control method: a clear AI Design Sprint Plan backed with Gantt chart, to make sure that we complete all objectives, and avoid work accumulation towards the end of the sprint. In order to provide clarity it makes sense to compose the proper agenda of each meeting and share it in advance with all the participants. 

A real use case 

Neurons Lab recently partnered with Posthumously on a project to honor memories and legacy through the use of 3D avatars. Take a look here to see how we implemented the AI Design Sprint model to drive their AI feature development. 

Ready to redefine your organization’s destiny?  Embrace the AI Design Sprint’s transformational power. Join Posthumously and countless other success stories, driven by data, innovation, and expertise. Leave uncertainty behind and ignite your AI product development journey with the force of the AI Design Sprint.

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