Rapid Learning Cycles from Pilot to Full Adoption


Succeed with RLCs the first time to demonstrate the value in your environment


Capitalize on interest and enthusiasm to grow organically


Spread RLCs to new programs and integrate RLCs into the Product Development Process (PDP)


Provide training and coaching for new team members and build skills for all team members

This is the most common pattern of adoption that we see in many different places and for companies of any size except the smallest (<10 developers).

A successful pilot leads to organic growth as team members share their experiences. Then R & D leadership wants to realize these benefits on more programs.  Then teams need some time to get everyone trained and make changes to the PDP, if needed. Finally, people who are new to the organization post-adoption need access to training and coaching so that they become productive team members faster.

Full Scale Adoption by Company Size

Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Program Managers have individual licenses to reuse our materials for the purpose of running teams with the framework, and that’s enough for a pilot team.  What do you do when you’re ready to grow?

Startups, Small and Medium Businesses with <250 developers*

Send teams of key personnel to the Rapid Learning Cycles Program Manager Certification Workshop.  If your PDP is informal, that experience may be all you need. You’ll be able to get support from us and the community.
We’ll grant a company license when you have enough people trained to have a sustainable RLC adoption.

If your divisional unit has its own PDP and does not have to coordinate with corporate standards, then we’ll treat your division as the independent group that it is, as we help you spread the word to your partner divisions.

Independent Divisions within Large Companies

Rapid Learning Cycles Across the Enterprise

Rapid Learning Cycles have been used for:


Guiding the earliest phases of New Product Development for a group’s most promising concepts.


Managing portfolios for Advanced Research Labs and other basic research groups.


Running crash programs to improve cost and/or quality of products that have already been released into the market.


Evaluating ideas within an Innovation Team before further developing them into concepts to explore.


Running internal programs to upgrade infrastructure, roll out new organizational structures and systems and culture change initiatives within R & D and throughout the enterprise.

FAQ About Full Adoption

Why do you license materials to Certified Professionals and companies?

One of our core values is “Repeatable Results.”  Certification and licensing is how we answer the question, “How can we make sure that we keep our promise to deliver repeatable results without leading every Kickoff Event personally?”

When you use our tested materials for running Kickoff Events, capturing knowledge and facilitating Learning Cycle and Integration Events, then you’ll know that the framework will provide the same results that others have realized.

With a Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Professional running the Kickoff Event, you have the confidence that they are fully trained, supported with our latest materials and on-going access to the RLC team's expertise.

When does an SMB become eligible for a company license?

When at least 80% of the people leading projects (project/program managers, team leads) have become Rapid Learning Cycles Certified®, and the organization has committed to send new people to our training within twelve months of hiring/promotion.  We have a one-year waiting period after the first certification workshop to make sure Rapid Learning Cycles has a solid foundation before issuing the company license.

Could RLCI handle all the training for us?

A growing number of companies now require Rapid Learning Cycles certification for their program managers instead of the PMP, Scrum Master or Agile certifications, for people running hardware programs or integrated HW/SW programs. That way, they don’t need an internal training team.

We offer discounts for groups attending the workshop, and the ability to purchase workshop credits in bulk that may be applied to any workshop with available space.  However, since we limit companies to no more than eight people per workshop, very large companies will need to work with us to develop their own internal training team.  We don’t offer the two-day Certification Workshop privately.

How does the online RLC Practitioner Training differ from a Program Manager training? 

The one-hour online RLC Practitioner Training is intended for team members, so that they will be able to learn the principles behind Rapid Learning Cycles, understand how the elements of the framework contribute to the team’s results and prepare for their first Kickoff Event.  We’ve developed this course so that it may be hosted on any SCORM-compliant Learning Management System, or we can host this course for your teams.

The RLC Practitioner Training does not teach the things that a program manager or technical leader need to know in order to facilitate a Kickoff Event and run a team. In our experience, that knowledge does not transfer well online. Program managers need the experience gained by working a case study alongside an instructor, with real-time feedback during case study exercises and reflection after each section, so that they are ready to succeed with RLCs the first time.

This is also why Program Manager Certification takes two days, even though Kickoff Events can be done in half a day with an experienced team.  The workshop breaks down the Kickoff Event step-by-step, so that program managers know why we structure the event this way, and how to guide a team through each step successfully so that the end result is a good Learning Cycles Plan.

How do I become an internal trainer for Rapid Learning Cycles?

The main thing you need is experience: start with our two-day workshop and run a pilot team first. That will help you encounter all the things that other teams will encounter in your environment. Watch for interest, enthusiasm and organic growth, and be prepared to help new teams get started.

Then reach out to us to let us know that you’re ready to go further.  We’ll help you figure out the best path from there.  Once you’ve had the Train-the-Trainer experience, you’ll become a Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Coach – the level that allows you to certify other program managers within your organization.

What’s the difference between a corporate license and the Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Professional Licenses?

A corporate license gives all of your company’s employees access to our materials. The Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Coaches in your organization will gain the ability to create derivative works that customize them to fit your company’s specific needs, and to deliver internal training experiences based on those works. You may also work with us to develop online Practitioner trainings for team members who need familiarity with the framework but will not run programs or facilitate Kickoff Events.

Certified Professionals may share materials only with team members for the purpose of running a program with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework, and may not train other program managers to use the framework or share materials with other program managers who are not certified.

Depending on their certification level, they may or may not be able to modify or customize the materials for their own use with their teams.  They may not upload the materials to any corporate server unless they have restricted access to the other Certified Professionals in their organizations.

What is the academic/NGO discount and license?

We offer, on a space-available basis, discounted and complimentary registrations to our two-day workshop and other learning experiences.  Generally, we offer free registrations to full-time graduate students who are conducting research relevant to our field, and discounts to professors, other students and NGO representatives.

The discounted rate varies by location, as we set the discount by the amount needed to cover the cost of the additional student.  We typically release these spaces about 3 – 4 weeks ahead of the event, by sending invitations to those who have expressed interest.

The academic license grants professors the rights to reuse our materials with students in the context of  degree-granting academic programs such as MBA or MEng, or undergraduate capstone programs.

Contact us to submit a request.

How do I become a Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliate?

These are the people who are certified to work with external clients on behalf of the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute.  The process includes an interview followed by the two-day certification workshop, then at least one joint engagement for Train-the-Trainer knowledge transfer and client management observations.  Once we’re confident that you understand the framework and represent us well, then we’ll certify you to work independently.

Large Companies with Central R & D Policies and Standards

You’ll start by sending teams to our public workshops and running pilot programs under your team members’ individual licenses as you build support for adoption.

When you’re ready to scale up, we’re ready to help:

  • PDP Integration and Customizations
  • IT Tool and System Adaptations
  • Corporate Rates for Public Workshops, Events and Online Learning Experiences
  • SCORM-Compliant Online Practitioners Training
  • Train-the-Trainer for Program Managers Training
  • Global Corporate Licenses

We offer discounts, scholarships and special academic licenses for degree-granting institutions and not-for-profit organizations working in public health, economic development, sustainability and climate change prevention/mitigation.

NGOs and Academic Institutions

*A developer is anyone who is on the core team of a cross-functional product development program.
This group includes engineers, scientists, designers, program and functional managers as well as the people from Marketing, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and other functions that spend at least 50% of their time working on Product Development programs.