Rapid Learning Cycles: The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product

This three minute video is a short introduction to Rapid Learning Cycles.


Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshops

Join one of our public workshops to learn more about this powerful method for structuring the work of early product development so that teams can get their ideas to market faster, and avoid getting bogged down in late development.

Here are some of the results we've seen so far:

  • 98 people have already taken one of our public workshops.
  • 93 of those have completed their certification and now have access to the same slides we use with our own clients for delivering Rapid Learning Cycles Kickoff Events - or are on track to become certified by the end of March 2016.
  • We know of at least two dozen Kick Off Events that our participants have led.
  • At least three companies have now standardized on Rapid Learning Cycles as their product development framework for early product development after sending participants to workshops and launching pilot teams.
  • These materials have already been improved from Version 1.0 to Version 1.2, including a major improvement to the way we coach teams to maximize their learning by prioritizing Knowledge Gaps - and all Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Professionals received immediate access to these updates.

    The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product

    For the past five years, we have been working with clients to integrate the best ideas from Agile Development, Innovation Management and Lean Product Development into a repeatable process to help you get your best ideas to market faster.

    The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework brings clarity and focus to the "fuzzy front end" of innovation, without sacrificing creative freedom.  It is the only method for product development I have ever seen that has the potential to get products to market earlier than expected, rather than late.  It's the only one that pushes decisions backwards and pulls learning forward so that teams have the input they need to develop more innovative solutions.

    The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster describes why this framework helps innovators bring their products to life faster than any other approach by striking the right balance between disciplined execution and freedom to innovate.


    • The Rapid Learning Cycles Program Framework
    • Core Hypotheses, Key Decisions and Knowledge Gaps
    • The Methods Teams Use Inside Learning Cycles to Drive Knowledge Creation
    • Adaptations for Startups, Complex Programs, Advanced R & D and Custom Development

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    How to Learn More

    The Rapid Learning Cycles Ladder of Mastery is a step-by-step framework for exploring, testing, adopting and standardizing on the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework.

    It's intended to provide guidance for what your logical next step would be, given your current level of awareness, understanding and experience with the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework. It can help you make decisions about the right next steps for your team, no matter where they are:

    New to Rapid Learning Cycles?

    Here are the best options when you've heard good things about Rapid Learning Cycles, and just want a little more information about them:


    When you know enough to consider whether or not Rapid Learning Cycles can help your product development organization, here are some options to help you with your evaluation:

    • The Nuts and Bolts of Rapid Learning Cycles -  a four hour online video class that layers in more detail about the framework. The class also includes resources and templates to help you begin to experiment with some of the key concepts of the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework.
    • LAMDA, A3s and Lean Decision Making -  a four hour online video class that describes some of the tools we use within the framework to structure Learning Cycles and help stakeholders make good Key Decisions. The class also includes resources and templates to help you begin to experiment with some of these concepts on small problems that are within your control.
    • A conference workshop, such as the ones I've done for LPPDE and AME.  If you have a group that would like to explore Rapid Learning Cycles together, contact us to set up a sponsored public workshop. For local, not-for-profit groups, we will do this for travel expenses. For trade associations and for-profit groups, we have established speakers fees that are in line with experts who have comparable expertise with New Product Development.


    Ready for a pilot program?

    When you are convinced enough that you decide to run a product development program using the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework, these experiences can help shorten your team's learning curve and ensure that you've done everything you can to help them succeed.

    • Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshop - a two day public session to empower you to support Rapid Learning Cycles teams and drive Rapid Learning Cycles in your organization.  Participants who meet the certification standards receive online community support, exclusive resources, a license to reuse our materials, and direct support from us.
    • An on-site training for a team or group on Rapid Learning Cycles, LAMDA and Knowledge Capitalization.  This two day workshop is intended for a team that is ready to dive into Rapid Learning Cycles. It equips them with the practices and tools they need to work effectively within the context of a Rapid Learning Cycles program. Contact us to learn more about how we deliver experiences that accelerate a team's learning curve with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.

    Convinced that the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework is right for your organization?

    When you know that the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework is what you want every product development team to use, these experiences can give your team what they need to drive Rapid Learning Cycles through your organization.

    • Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshop - this workshop works best when you send a team of people who can support each other in driving Rapid Learning Cycles through the organization. Since the Facilitator Certification is tied to the individual who meets the standards, this gives your program more robustness and scalability.
    • Product Development System Assessment: Through interviews and documentation reviews, we seek to understand the Current State of your product development system.  We then draw upon our deep experience with Product Development, Lean and Agile to make recommendations for actions to take that will lead to immediate improvements. Contact us to learn more about the process we use to understand your organization so that we can advise you on the best way to proceed with the changes you seek.
    • Customized training packages: We can customize the training materials we use to help you incorporate your company's own language, processes and systems right into the training so that your product developers don't have to translate and you can ensure that they are aligned on your company's implementation of Rapid Learning Cycles.  Then we train-the-trainer so that you are not dependent on us to spread Rapid Learning Cycles to the rest of your team. Contact us to learn more about how we ease the burden of developing your own training materials, and ensure that your team of trainers is prepared to support your product developers as they learn.
    • PDP Process Reinvention engagements: Leverage our experience to help you update - perhaps even reinvent - your Product Development Process so that it supports Rapid Learning Cycles from Idea to Launch.  Contact us to learn more about how we help you build models of the Current State and Future State of Product Development, and then put together an action plan to move towards the future of product development at your company.

    Ready to go for it?

    When you have decided to use the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework for the first time on a mission-critical program, in an industry (pharma, biotech, chip development) where the framework requires significant adaptation, or to develop a new platform or family of products, consider arranging for some direct support from us.

     We can help you adapt the framework appropriately, and ensure that teams get access to the most experienced support available as they build their Learning Cycle Plans and run their first events.  

    Contact us to learn more about how we support teams when the program structure is complex and failure is not an option.