The Remote Design Sprint Cheat Sheet

33 tricks for facilitation and teamwork over video

Jake Knapp
10 min readJun 29, 2020


Hey there! This post is a cheat sheet version of The Remote Design Sprint Guide which I created with John Zeratsky, Jackie Colburn, and the input, advice, and smart ideas of over one hundred Design Sprint experts from around the world (see below).

This cheat sheet is pretty good, but the Guide is better and much more detailed—it’s just really long, so I thought it would be handy to have a quick reference thing to go with it. This is that thing.

Wait, what’s a Design Sprint?

The Design Sprint is a process for small teams starting big projects. Following a step-by-step checklist, the team develops competing solutions, chooses the best, then builds and tests a prototype, all in just five days.

Oh, but hey! Quick note. If you didn’t already know what a Design Sprint is, this post isn’t gonna teach you enough to run one. May I suggest this book?

Okay, so you’re back and you’ve read the entire book, or you’re just skimming and didn’t even read this sentence because it doesn’t have a number by it. Either way let’s go…

Here are the tricks:

1. Yes, remote Design Sprints work!



Jake Knapp

Writer, designer, person. Author of SPRINT and MAKE TIME. Co-founder of More at