How to get your company's best ideas to market faster with the
Rapid Learning Cycles framework.
Amsterdam, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Christchurch (NZ), Minneapolis, New York City, San Jose (CA), Portland (OR), Tauranga (NZ)
The Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshop
Achieve High Velocity Innovation
A Transformational Experience for
Product Development Leaders
Our participants tell us:
They get immediate value from the workshops, with many of them starting Rapid Learning Cycles within 30 days.
Within three months, they see better decision-making, stronger engagement with sponsors and more predictable schedules.
Within six months, they begin to see Rapid Learning Cycles spread
from project to project as others want to get the same great results.
Empower your PD leaders to succeed with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework
the first time.
The Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshop will prepare you to lead your first team through the Kickoff Event to establish their Learning Cycles Plan, coach them through their first learning cycles, help them capture their knowledge real-time and lead their first Learning Cycle and Integration Events.
We built this Rapid Learning Cycles workshop to give you the skills and tools you need for immediate success.
Join a Select Group!
We'll accept only 24 people per workshop with a cap on the number from any one company in any workshop, to ensure that there's lots of cross-fertilization across groups, and that teams start building relationships with other Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Professionals
This two-day workshop models a Kickoff Event for a moderately-sized team, going "behind the scenes" to explain why the framework elements accelerate product development, and how to help teams complete each step successfully, so that their teams at home will be set up for success with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.
In 2019, we'll offer workshops in at least twelve different locations in four countries. We may add additional dates and locations if classes sell out too early in a region. If you would like us to come to your area, and you have a business network you can leverage to find at least eight people in three companies, then we'll find a way to get there.
Inside the Learning Cycle and Real-Time Knowledge Capture
We'll describe how the learning cycles work within the framework to build knowledge the team needs to make its most important decisions and that future teams can reuse and extend to accelerate their development.
The Kickoff Event and the Learning Cycles Plan
The workshop models a Kickoff Event for a moderately-sized team:
Learning Cycle and Integration Events, and Troubleshooting
We'll give tips for how to prepare and facilitate your team's Learning Cycle and Integration Events. Then we'll share our best practices for how to recognize when a Rapid Learning Cycles program has run into trouble, and how to get it back on track quickly.
The Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshop
The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework
We'll prepare you to introduce the Rapid Learning Cycles framework to your team and other stakeholders, and give you the inside information you need to succeed with the framework as a program leader.
Why Our Most Successful Customers Now Require Rapid Learning Cycles Certification for Their Program Managers Instead of Agile or PMI Certifications
We have over six years of experience with helping teams like yours succeed with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework, even when the team starts out lacking the scientific, technical, customer or market knowledge they need to build their product.
Traditional project management tools work well in the execution phases of product development, when uncertainty is low but cost-of-change is high. Agile works great in software and other areas where the cost-of-change is low. But late-found defects and long, slow loopbacks cause schedule delays, cost overruns and disappointing performance because these methods don't address the root causes that lead to these problems for products with high uncertainty and high cost-of-change.
But early product development is a time when a team will make decisions that will be expensive to change later, and yet the teams don't have the knowledge or information they need to make those decisions at the right time, with the right people.
Rapid Learning Cycles helps teams identify those decisions that will have high impact on the program's success, and focus their attention on making these decisions with more visibility and less uncertainty. When these high-impact, high-unknown decisions get made with greater visibility and the right people, they become decisions that don't have to be revisited later so that the execution phases take less time, with much less risk of costly rework and delays. They get their ideas to market faster.
We teach you the framework that hundreds of development teams use today to get their products to market faster in the most demanding areas of product development.
Send a Team to Begin Seeing Results Right Away
Companies that sent teams of at least three people to their first Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshop were able to make a lot more progress faster. They started their first pilot program sooner and launched more programs faster.
Teams can support each other as they learn to use the key elements of the framework to get their ideas to market faster:
To make this decision easier, we offer group discounts for people from one company who register at one time, even if the group cannot all attend the same workshop:
To register a group, just add the number of places you need in each workshop to a single order on our web site. Then send us a list with names and email addresses - we'll take care of the rest.
What Others Say About This Workshop
RLCI has shown how to pull together a combination of agile software management techniques within a phase gate development, with a process to follow, and made it easier to ask my organization to implement it. We have had two Kickoff events and the response has been very positive. The one thing I would change is having more people from my company attend.
Jason Anderson, Trimble Corporation
I had some doubts about sending all our Project Managers and whether they would learn how to use Rapid Learning Cycles better for their own projects. But I am sticking with the decision to send them all as it is another positive experience with Rapid Learning Cycles when they are applying it together with RLC enthusiasts from other companies and more attention to the thinking behind the framework. The best part of the class was the three baskets that help determine which elements of Rapid Learning Cycles drive success and therefore must be applied rigorously, and which ones can be left for the team to decide.
The class prepared us very well for explaining Rapid Learning Cycles to teams that will work with it and convincing stakeholders of the logic behind it. The workshop will give you the tools and insights that you need to judge and positively influence the quality of the plans of the teams that you guide. With that the learning on how to successfully apply Rapid Learning Cycles in your company will be accelerated.
Wouter van Essen, Sonion
I was concerned that the R & D executives would not buy into this. But the simplicity and logic of the approach made this an easier sell. Almost everybody we sent to the training is involved in an RLC project or is about to be. I especially appreciated the ongoing support that has been available to my team after the workshop.
Vaas Conradie, Gallagher
More Comments from Past Participants
After attending the workshop four months ago, there is growing exciting over this process and its many opportunities, not only within my team but throughout my company. I’m looking forward to sending more people to the training so that we can build our user community.
David Berg, Greenheck Fan Corporation, Schofield, WI, USA
I’m a busy person, but I’m glad I took the time for this workshop. I appreciated that it focuses on the importance of knowledge, it drives home the importance of cadence, and gives us the tools we need to get started with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework. The exercises brought the theory to life.
Chris Hill, Navico, Auckland, New Zealand
I was concerned that we would not get a return on the investment of time and money for sending our people to the workshop, but it helped us achieve alignment and momentum that we would not have achieved otherwise because we all had the same grounding in the material. We knew about the Rapid Learning Cycles framework and were attempting to use it, but we were getting variable results. We decided to use the training as a catalyst for change, sending a product manager, program manager and project leader from each of our three NPD groups to the sessions. As a result, we achieved alignment across the groups.
Each group was able to run its own trial application of RLC to a current project. This gave momentum to the change initiative which we would not have received otherwise. Not only did we have multiple trials underway, we had more confidence the trials were consistent because we all had the same grounding in the material, and the opportunity to practice the skills in a group built solid understanding of the method. We also found that sharing this learning experience with other companies was valuable and enjoyable.
Craig Adams, Tru-Test Corporation, Auckland, New Zealand
I found that product development managers, developers and applied research scientists generally feel that RLCs are a ‘natural fit’ to their work, which is key to facilitate adoption of the method. I liked the exchange with people from diverse fields and companies; from start-ups to big corporations and universities.
I recommend this class because it allows exchange on product development approaches and practices with people outside my company, which is not easy to achieve in other venues such as conferences or exhibitions. It’s a good opportunity to make sure that all the key concepts and implementation practices are well-understood. The workshop material has been useful back in my office. I’ve consulted it several times before Rapid Learning Cycles events and the advice has helped me work with my teams.
Nicolas Bayona-Carrillo, Constellium, Voreppe, France
The Rapid Learning Cycles Training solidified the concepts from The Shortest Distance by working through a case study and by expertly facilitated discussions with the other course participants. I feel confident that I now have the knowledge and tools to implement Rapid Learning Cycles in the real world
David Woodward, nLight Photonics, Vancouver, Washington, USA
Your Instructor: Katherine Radeka
You'll have the opportunity to work directly with Katherine Radeka, the author of The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster.
Katherine co-teaches this workshop with one or more Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Coaches and Consultants to ensure that everyone receives real-time feedback and coaching.
After completing the workshop and a few other certification requirements, you will join the Rapid Learning Cycles® Professionals Community, a growing user group with special learning opportunities, regular update calls and resources to help you go deeper into the framework.
|Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager
Certification Workshop Registration Includes:
|Two Day Workshop||✔︎|
|Kickoff Event Slides with License to Reuse||✔︎|
|Event Planners, Templates and Examples||✔︎|
|Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Professionals Community||✔︎|
|Update Calls and Professional Posts||✔︎|
|Registration Fee for Single Person:||$ 2345.00|
|Registration Fee for Groups of 4 or more: 15% discount||$ 1993.25|
Payment, Cancellation and Substitution Terms
Prerequisites and Restrictions
We guarantee results.
We offer ongoing support to our Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Professionals by phone, email, and through online forums here to make sure that you never slow down or get stuck as you use the Rapid Learning Cycles framework for the first time. If you run into any difficulties using the ideas we've taught in the workshops, please contact us right away to make an appointment. Chances are, we've seen your challenge before, and we can help you overcome it.
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