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 Agile for Hardware

that delivers results

What's different about the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework that makes it effective?

Today, it's a complete framework that is proven to accelerate innovation, prevent launch delays and ensure that great ideas are well-executed.

The Rapid Learning Cycles framework is a synthesis of Agile software practices that is tailored for physical products that must be produced at volume.

 To empower Innovators to succeed.

Developed and tested by real-world teams

We've been developing, testing and improving the Rapid Learning Cycles framework since 2010, in teams in diverse industries around the world.

Katherine Radeka explains why "Just Use Agile" isn't enough for hardware teams, and how she developed and tested the Rapid Learning Cycles framework with a growing community of enthusiastic innovators.

Learn More From Katherine Radeka, author of

The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product

about how the Rapid Learning Cycles framework empowers Innovators.

How Do Rapid Learning Cycles Work?

Most product development programs are one long, slow learning cycle.

Often, Product Development / Innovation management systems force marketing, engineering and other developers to make decisions early in product development before they have the knowledge they need to make those decisions with confidence. 

Then the team is forced to revisit those decisions later, when change is expensive and disruptive, after they gain the knowledge they needed to make a decision that would stick.


Teams define what they need to learn first in the Rapid Learning Cycles framework's Kick Off Event.


Teams take just a little time to understand the high-impact, high-unknown decisions they need to make — and what they need to learn to make those decisions with confidence at the right time.


Then learn those things in a series of Rapid Learning Cycles.


Then they leverage Agile project management methods to stay focused on the most important things they need to learn while moving fast and adapting to change as new information comes in.


So that they make the right decisions at the right time with high confidence.


When your product developers can do that most of the time, you'll eliminate many of the root causes of project delays, cost overruns, disappointing product sales and high warranty costs. Instead, you'll focus your time and resources on delivering more innovative solutions to your customer's problems.


You can get your best ideas to market faster.


About Katherine Radeka

Katherine Radeka is the founder and executive director of the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute, and supports a growing global community of Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Professionals who are actively using the framework to get their best ideas to market faster.


She has worked with companies on every continent except Antarctica, and in industries from aerospace to medical devices and pharmaceuticals to consumer electronics and alternative energy.


In 2015, Katherine published the 1st edition of The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product.  In 2012, she published the Shingo Research Award winning book The Mastery of Innovation, based upon her research into Lean methods for product development.


Katherine has climbed seven of the tallest peaks in the Cascade Mountains and spent ten days alone on the Pacific Crest Trail until an encounter with a bear convinced her that she needed a change in strategic direction.

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