Google Ventures recently released a handbook that collects industry best practices that allow teams to run design sprints: rapid prototyping and testing sessions.
Design sprints are a framework for teams of any size to solve and test design problems in 2-5 days. The idea of sprints originates with the Agile framework. The idea of design thinking was developed at IDEO and the d.school at Stanford. These frameworks were adapted to the idea of “design sprints” thanks to the Google UX teams, Google Ventures and Google [x] and teams across the industry.
While sprints are popular at Google, they are also used by startups and companies of any size.
I really enjoyed how Google rationalised some common UX best practices making them easy to adapt to teams who are just beginning their design practice.