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Rapid Learning Cycles Training & Certifications

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RLCI uses a combination of online and in-person training courses to educate product development teams and managers, depending on the client’s needs.

This media combination allows us to train client teams anywhere in the world and offers flexible course scheduling. 

Our courses familiarize team members with Rapid Learning Cycles and provide team leaders with an in-depth understanding of how the RLC framework is utilized to reduce product development cycle times.

Our courses earn students various certifications and often PDU credits as well.

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The courses we currently offer are:


Rapid Learning Cycles Global Project Leader Training

This is our flagship experience to train Project Leaders, Product Development Process Owners, Innovation Team Leaders and their peers how to run projects with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework. We offer both public and private sessions.

During the class, participants will experience each step of the Rapid Learning Cycles Kickoff Event with in-depth discussion of the underlying principles at work. Then the class describes how to guide a team through their first Learning Cycle and prepare for their first Integration Event.

Upon successful completion, participants receive access to reusable training materials and resources for leading their own teams through Rapid Learning Cycles for the first time.


Rapid Learning Cycles Experience for
Startup Teams

This experience-based workshop adapts Rapid Learning Cycles to meet the needs of small startup teams working in pre-commercial development of new technologies.

These teams benefit from just the right amount of structure that helps the team stay coordinated without overburdening them with too many meetings and formality that they don't need at their size.

During this experience, participants will establish a lightweight version of Rapid Learning Cycles for their own startup team that will scale with them as they grow.

As a result, they will make the most of the funding they've received to deliver a more mature product faster — or they will quickly learn that their idea isn't feasible and they need to pivot. Both of these are good outcomes.


Rapid Learning Cycles

This course is for teams embarking on their very first pilot project, and those who support them.

We teach this in a private session to an intact team right before they take part in their first Rapid Learning Cycles Kickoff Event. It provides them with the opportunity to learn key concepts before they have to apply the concepts directly to their own project.

Participants gain a basic understanding of the framework and practice key skills that make their first Kickoff Event easier for them and for their Project Leader.


Rapid Learning Cycles Advanced Certification

Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Global Project Leaders may continue to gain in-depth knowledge about the framework through Advanced Certification classes designed to strengthen their skills in critical areas.

Upon completion of the full class series and a project review, the participants earn the Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Mentor designation, which comes with expanded rights for using our materials library with their own internal teams.

We offer public sessions of the required classes, and we also privately certify individuals who have completed train-the-trainer experiences with a member of our Global Consultant Network.


 How to Drive Key Decisions That Stick

This 8-hour program dives deeply into the Key Decisions — those high impact / high unknown decisions that are at the heart of the framework. Participants learn how to focus, develop a solid recommendation, communicate it effectively and work with decision makers to get their recommendation accepted and implemented.


 How to Close Knowledge Gaps Rapidly, Effectively and Completely.

This 8-hour program explores the four different types of Knowledge Gaps and tactics for closing them. Participants learn how to sharpen a Knowledge Gap question, how to design a learning plan to close the gap, how to communicate findings and develop a recommendation for next steps.


 How to Integrate Rapid Learning Cycles Into Your Organization's PDP.

This 6-hour program goes into depth about the Agile and Lean principles behind the Rapid Learning Cycles framework, sharing the key breakthroughs along the way. Participants learn what's essential to the framework, where there are opportunities to adapt, and what others have done to adapt Rapid Learning Cycles to fit the needs of their specific product development system.

Why Rapid Learning Cycles
Lead to Confident Decisions


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


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