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My Experiences Doing Remote Crazy8

16 Sept, 2019

Distance is not an excuse to get creative!

We, UX people must have been familiar with the Crazy8 method. This method is pretty effective to generate a number of solution ideas in a short amount of time. It is also part of the infamous Design Sprint process.

For those who are not familiar with this method, you can check this definition from the with google site :

Crazy 8’s is [the] core Design Sprint method. It is a fast sketching exercise that challenges people to sketch eight distinct ideas in eight minutes. The goal is to push beyond your first idea, frequently the least innovative, and to generate a wide variety of solutions to your challenge.
Some team members without a design background may find this method intimidating at first, so it is helpful to reassure everyone that these are rough sketches. They do not need to be perfect or beautiful — sketches just need to communicate the idea. If necessary, you could even hold a quick “how to sketch” tutorial session before starting this exercise.

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Nowadays, remote working becomes more and more acknowledged especially by the tech-related industries. More stakeholders are now aware and embrace the fact that working together as a team doesn’t have to mean ‘at the same building’ anymore.

I am not saying that all kind of job can be done remotely, but for some area such as Digital Design and Software Development, it is very possible.
With this remote culture, it is very possible to do remote collaboration and remote Crazy8 workshop. With the same steps and rules with the offline mode, we can generate solution ideas as good as when we were doing it on location.
Ok, let’s get it on!

#1 Setup the Tool

  1. Computer or Laptop
  2. Video Call Service that provides screen sharing, such as Skype, Hangout, Zoom etc.
  3. Timer. You can just google it.
  4. Real-time online whiteboard. You can use free services such as InVisionFreehand or Draw.io, or more professional tools such as realtimeboard.com, Mural.co, Stormboard, etc.
  5. Stable Internet Connection.

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