Book Sprints

Target group

  • Universities/Academic institutions
  • Non-academic research institutions
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Internal and external corporate communications, Education and training

Further Information

What's that?

Book Sprints are a method of agile knowledge generation and knowledge transfer that has been used for more than ten years in companies, NGOs, as well as in research and educational institutions.

Originally used in the field of software documentation, the Book Sprint is a moderated/facilitated process in which eight to twelve invited experts create a documentation or handbbok within three to five days that reflects a previously defined field of application or knowledge.

Our know-how

Systematic conversion of individual expert knowledge into structured knowledge - in the form of digital or printed manuals, documentations or teaching/learning materials

  • The TIB has several years of experience with the successful implementation and support of Book Sprints.
  • As a secondary effect: strengthening and further development of expert networks


  • FOSTER Book Sprint: Production of an "Open Science Education Handbook" as part of a book sprint organised by the TIB and FOSTER Plus
  • Lehrbuch Öffentliche Gesundheit: Together with the Academy for Public Health Servies, Open Access textbooks for practical work in the Public Health Service are being developed.

Lambert Heller explains in 15 minutes how Book Sprints work. Why is this agile method used to consolidate new and dynamic areas of knowledge into a jointly responsible, structured, high-quality and open knowledge resource? How do Book Sprints help to build the digital capabilities of an organization? What should be considered when planning and executing a Book Sprint? (in German only)


Lambert Heller