This exercise is a great way to time box the sketching activities for workshops and sprints with a group of 2-6 people.

  • Helps people feel the creative rush and let loose.
  • Helps the team to start quickly visualizing the product.

Our approach

  1. Give each person a 11 x 17 sheet of paper with 8 boxes.
  2. Set a timer for 8 minutes.
  3. Ask the team to fill all boxes with idea sketches in 8 minutes.
  4. Pencils down when timer goes off.
  5. Ask everyone to tape up their sketches and do a quick presentation of their 2 top ideas.
  6. Give everyone stickers or post-its and ask them to go around and vote for their favorite ideas.

How long does this take?

8 minutes - You can do multiple rounds but keep them short.


  • Makes the team think of bigger picture items without focusing on details.
  • Allows a variety of ideas come to light quickly.



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