Sketch studios are a really collaborative exercise where the project team will design and iterate an interface together in a structured format. The sketch studios can be simple as a one-hour three-person sketch fest or extensive as a sequence of workshops with a large group. You should decide to approach them. The sketch studios are really an incredible way to get the team members invested as well as excited about a specific project. With several brains working on the ideas and challenges, your team can iterate and also test the ideas in real time and quickly.
Here is a step by step breakdown on what you require to run a sketch studio that is successful.
Define Your Objectives
A really good sketch studio will require clear objectives, so you should start researching to establish the objectives. Draft a Feature Report as you conduct the interviews and collect the requirements of the project. The Feature Report is a document that captures as well as prioritises the key features of the project. The Feature Report will help in clearly defining the issues that you are attempting to solve. It is important to recognize what you need to work on, the value that adds to the project, and the level of effort needed to implement it.
Keep It Focussed
Depending on the Feature Report, timeline, and team size, you should decide the number of sketch studio sessions that have to be conducted. You can decide to have one broad session covering the high level project ideas or several sessions based on the features of the project.
Include A Broad Team
Invite the developers, project managers and clients along with the designers and UX-ers. The more diverse the participants are, the more buy-in and insight you will gain from the team.
Consider starting the session with the lowest feature on the priority list. This will get all those who attend the session comfortable and reduces the stakes of the first sketch session.
You should identify the priorities to handle at the session to keep the session smooth flowing. This will help in giving structure to the session and jumping off the point for the discussion and ideas. Identify the page types that you should consider and sketch at the session.
You can sketch the ideas for the feature, discuss the same, take a snap and erase to sketch another one if you have a small team. It is also fun to do. When there is a larger team, you should break into small groups and sketch on paper.
After each session of the sketch studio,, you need to take the time in order to document the decisions.