Announcing: Rapid Learning Cycles 7.0! Click to Learn More

Build the Knowledge You Need for Better Decisions

Close Knowledge Gaps Rapidly, Effectively & Completely

A Four-Week Online Deep Dive into the Practices and Tools

Inside the Learning Cycle

That Lead to Confident, Data-Driven Decisions

The Benefits of Closing Knowledge Gaps
Rapidly, Effectively and Completely

Make more efficient use of team resources.

Grow a library of reusable knowledge.

Build better knowledge for better decisions.

Capture and share knowledge

Stop hacking your way to unproven solutions.

The Lifecycle of a Knowledge Gap


Clarify the question and purpose for the Knowledge Gap to ensure that you are building the knowledge needed most.


Design learning activities that are right for the type of Knowledge Gap that you have, and build an efficient plan to close them — maximizing the value of your team's learning time.


Run rapid experiments to build the knowledge you need, starting from the knowledge you have, which will close Knowledge Gaps faster and more effectively.


Report your results using visual models and tools that help your decision maker understand the data and weigh the alternatives, resulting in better decisions that lead to a stronger product.

Past Participants Say . . .

"It was difficult for me to make time for Advanced Certification classes, but I'm very glad I did. Understanding why RLC is set up the way it is and exchanging experience with other participants gave me valuable insights that will help to improve our use of the framework to maximize its benefits."
Michal Witkowicz
Continuous Improvement Lead


"I have used Rapid Learning Training since 2017 and felt very comfortable with the knowledge and how to apply it. Through Advanced Certification  classes, I have found deeper understanding of the principles behind the framework and how it could be tailored to fit my organization to use my
teams more efficiently."

Konstantin Derman
Engineering System Manager Group Leader II
Werfen North America

“The new insights and knowledge have really helped drive forward our successful adoption and crystallisation of benefits. Despite believing that Rapid Learning Cycles would be extremely helpful to our innovation process, we had some challenges in its practical implementation. The classes and interaction with Katherine Radeka have been invaluable in taking forward our understanding and implementation.”
Jos Trehern
Glasgow Green Hydrogen Team


"Participating in the Advanced Certification classes showed me that it compares a lot with our years-long experience of teaching requirements classes. Although everyone is already convinced of the benefits of working with requirements and in this case RLC, the advanced classes give you many useful tips and tricks to really increase the quality of information".
Arno van Herk
Managing Partner

Empower your Scientists, Engineers, Designers and Product Managers to build the knowledge needed to make better decisions the first time.

This series, consisting of four one-hour online classes will help your teams close their knowledge gaps rapidly, effectively and completely — giving your decision makers the knowledge needed to make data-driven Key Decisions.

We built this online class to give you the skills and tools you need for immediate success.

  • How to Clarify the Knowledge Gap Question to Build the Right Knowledge.
    Knowledge Gap owners struggle to close Knowledge Gaps that are too broad, vague or fuzzy.  The first step to close a Knowledge Gap is to write a well-defined question that can be closed neatly and efficiently.
  • Why You Need a Good Purpose Statement and How to Write One.
    In the Rapid Learning Cycles framework, we "de-risk" our Key Decisions by building the knowledge to make these decisions with greater confidence.  A good Purpose Statement ensures that every Knowledge Gap focuses on the knowledge needed for its Key Decision.
  • How to Build the Foundation for an Effective Learning Plan.
    The basis for a solid Learning Plan rests upon closing Knowledge Gaps rapidly, effectively and completely. The class will cover the four types of Knowledge Gaps and the tools used to close each one.
  • How to Organize Rapid Experiments.
    Many Knowledge Gaps require experimentation — and not just in the technical realm! We will introduce you to a tool, the "Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Sheet" that will help drive rapid and effective experimentation to build knowledge quickly.
  • How to Transform Numerical Data into Visual Models to Support Your Decision Makers.   Whether your decision maker is an Executive Leadership Team, your Business Leader, your Program Sponsor or even the team itself, the right visual models lead to better decisions by helping you "tell the story" learned from your data. Maximize the impact of your hard-won knowledge by using data visualization and charting techniques that are easy to read and interpret.

Video Lessons Supplemented with
Group Coaching and Discussion

Video Lessons with Unlimited Viewing

This course uses a "flipped classroom" model — the most effective teaching method for online adult learners. All core content is delivered via professional videos, with each lesson broken up into short modules that can be viewed when it is convenient for you, and reviewed as often as you like.

You will have the opportunity to get live coaching on a Knowledge Gap of your own, either from a current program or from a case study. Your peers will use the exclusive Knowledge Gap Reviewers' checklist to provide useful feedback. When you know how to write a great Knowledge Gap report, you know how to help others.

Group Coaching
and Discussion

Networking with Advanced Peers

Through the classes, you'll connect with a select group of peers who are working towards similar goals with Rapid Learning Cycles in their organizations.  Focused discussions will provide opportunities to share experiences and build connections that persist after the class.

Live Session Dates and Times

Our next series for Region A – Europe & Eastern Americas
will be scheduled in the fall of 2023.

We are compiling a waiting list of people from other regions who would like a public class.
Please contact us to let us know you're interested.

Who Should Attend This Online Class?

In a Rapid Learning Cycles program, anyone can be the owner of a Knowledge Gap.  This class would be especially valuable for:

  • Technical Leaders who own Knowledge Gaps, especially those who mentor other subject matter experts on how to close the Knowledge Gaps within their areas of expertise.
  • Scientists and Engineers who will need to design and run experiments in order to build new knowledge to close Knowledge Gaps that expand the boundaries of knowledge.
  • Product Managers and Designers who need to close Knowledge Gaps around customer needs and business value creation.

This class will be especially valuable for anyone who mentors other team members around how to close Knowledge Gaps and write Knowledge Gap Reports.  The coaching methods used in the class will be leverageable to the situations where you need to coach others.

Close Knowledge Gaps
Rapidly, Effectively
and Completely

The Knowledge Gap Question and Purpose Statement

It's hard to close a Knowledge Gap that's vague, fuzzy or just not the right question.  We'll describe how to write a clear, crisp question and define its purpose to guide you the rest of the way.

Four Types of Knowledge Gaps and How to Close Them

The learning activities you need depend upon the type of Knowledge Gap you have. We'll cover the types of Knowledge Gaps that show up in Rapid Learning Cycles programs and the best practices for closing each type.

PDCA Sheets to Drive Rapid, Effective Experimentation

Rapid PDCA cycles make your experimentation more efficient and effective without adding a lot of overhead. We'll show you how to use a PDCA Sheet to spin rapid cycles of experimentation that build knowledge quickly, and apply in technical, customer and business contexts.

Visual Modeling to Support Better Decision Making

Your Knowledge Gap report is the tool you will use to share your new knowledge with your team and decision makers.  Good visual models make it easier to tell the story that's found in your data so that others can see the patterns in the data that you see. We'll cover best practices for building and using visual models that support better decisions.

Class Options

Course Only:
Close Knowledge Gaps

  • Permanent access to all course videos for unlimited playback
  • Four live group coaching and discussion sessions
  • Exclusive detailed checklist for reviewing a
    Knowledge Gap Report
  • Advanced templates for Knowledge Gap Reports and PDCA Cycles

Certification Package

  • Course package discount vs. purchasing certification components individually
  • Includes all course benefits, plus:
  • Immediate access to RLC Project Evaluation
  • Accelerated access to materials that can be adapted, upon completion of the RLC Project Evaluation
  • Guaranteed registration in all courses in this series

Enterprise-Wide Certification Package

Upon Request
  • Includes all Certification Package benefits, plus:
  • Company-wide license with editable RLC Materials
  • Examples taken from the challenges faced by your own company
  • Customized case study taken from your industry

Your Co-Instructors:


Katherine Radeka
CEO and Founder
Rapid Learning Cycles Institute
Kathy Iberle
Iberle Consulting, Inc.

In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn directly from Katherine Radeka.

Katherine has helped product development teams around the world, with a special focus on climate tech, renewable energy and medical devices. She's the person to call when the world needed your solutions yesterday.

She is also the best person to call if you need to pull together an international team to support global adoption of Rapid Learning Cycles.

Katherine is 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 and co-author with longtime collaborator Kathy Iberle of When Agile Gets Physical: How to Use Agile Principles to Accelerate Hardware Development.

Kathy Iberle was the first person certified as a Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Advisor, and has been an affiliate with Rapid Learning Cycles Institute from the beginning.

Kathy has a strong interest in effective problem-solving methods that drive data-driven decision making, and she played a key role in developing these aspects of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework. She is the co-author of When Agile Gets Physical: How to Use Agile Principles to Accelerate Hardware Development.

Kathy’s background is in mixed hardware/software engineering with a focus on quality engineering. She has worked with a wide range of products – everything from printers to early web applications to cardiology and scientific instruments. In the course of her adventures in the high-tech world, she’s developed or improved many types of development processes for teams both large and small.

Kathy lives in Vancouver, Washington where she runs her own consulting business and enjoys hiking, camping, and snowshoeing in her spare time.