Workshop facilitation

Setting workshop goals and objectives

If you’re really excited to start planning a design workshop, you need to make sure you have clear goals and objectives in mind.

What do you think your main goal should be?

You’ll want to come up with some innovative design solutions, so your main goal should be to generate a lot of ideas and prototype a few key concepts.

Ask: Do you have any specific objectives in mind?

For example, you could try to come up with at least 10 new product concepts and prototype at least three of them.

Do you have a sense of how long you want the workshop to be?

Generally, you could aim for a two-day workshop. That should give you enough time to come up with a lot of ideas and really dive into prototyping a few of them.

Make sure to clearly communicate your goals and objectives to the team so everyone knows what you’re working towards.

If you have clear goals and objectives, you’ll be able to stay focused and make the most of our time together.

Example workshop schedule

Here is an example schedule for a two-day design workshop focused on ideating and prototyping new product concepts:

Day 1

  • 9:00am – Introduction and icebreakers
  • 9:30am – Setting workshop goals and objectives
  • 10:00am – Identifying and defining the target audience
  • 10:30am – Gathering and analysing user research
  • 11:00am – Brainstorming and idea generation techniques
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Group brainstorming session
  • 3:00pm – Idea selection and prioritisation
  • 4:00pm – Sketching and prototyping ideas
  • 5:00pm – Review and feedback session

Day 2

  • 9:00am – Review of day 1 and progress update
  • 9:30am – User testing and feedback
  • 11:00am – Prototyping and iteration
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Prototyping and iteration (continued)
  • 3:00pm – Presentation of prototypes
  • 4:00pm – Review and feedback session
  • 5:00pm – Next steps and wrap-up

This schedule allows for ample time for ideation, with a dedicated brainstorming session on the first day and additional time for idea generation and selection on the second day.

It also allows for prototype development and iteration, with dedicated time for user testing and feedback to inform the design process.

The schedule can be adjusted and customized based on the specific needs and goals of the workshop.


Best collaboration tools for workshops

  • Miro — The online collaborative whiteboard platform to bring teams together, anytime, anywhere.
  • MockFlow — Online whiteboard for brainstorming user interfaces with your team
  • Canva — Canva makes it easy to create professional designs and to share or print them.
  • LucidChart — Lucidchart is the intelligent diagramming application that brings teams together to make better decisions and build the future.
  • LucidSpark — The virtual whiteboard that connects teams so they can bring their best ideas to life
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