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2019 Summit Highlights

In 2019, our expanding community of Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Professionals will share their experiences getting their best ideas to market faster.

They reflect a broad range of experiences with Rapid Learning Cycles, including some that may be surprising.

Suzanne van Egmond of Philips  will share her experience using Knowledge Gap and Key Decision reports to improve the quality of decision-making at Integration Events by improving the flow of knowledge.

Meaghan Carmichael and Karen Cavoretto of Keurig Dr Pepper will share their experience in leading an Agile transformation at Keurig that's grounded in Rapid Learning Cycles for Appliance Development.

Wouter van Essen of Sonion will focus his presentation this year on what they have been able to achieve after five years of real-time capture of extensible knowledge with Rapid Learning Cycles.

Three of the presenters are Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliates who bring new insights and experiences to strengthen the framework:

Syb Leijenaar will share how he uses Rapid Learning Cycles to guide teams through System Architecting so that they are able to collaborate cross-functionally on the most important technical decisions that a team needs to make.

Kathy Iberle contributed her deep experience with Agile to the Rapid Learning Cycles framework. Today, she'll share how to integrate hardware and software teams as they use the program management methods that fit each group's work.

David Stokes, an expert in configuring Confluence® and Jira® will build on his presentation from November 2018 to extend across programs. He'll describe how to pull information together to build integrated views of an organization's knowledge library.

Katherine Radeka, author of the book The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product will share insights from her upcoming book High Velocity Innovation:

How to Realize Value from Extensible Knowledge: Katherine will share how to help teams capitalize on the extensible knowledge they create with Rapid Learning Cycles through Knowledge Supermarkets, Position Papers, Platform Development and Knowledge Roadmaps .

Product Development Transformation with Rapid Learning Cycles:  Katherine will share the roadmap for transforming product development into a High Velocity Innovation engine from small-scale experiments through a pilot team all the way to full-scale transformation.

Watch the Rapid Learning Cycles Virtual Summit Highlights Video from 2018

This video condenses over eight hours of Experience Reports into nine minutes, and will give you a sense of how these presentations work.

Experience Report Presenters

Meaghan Carmichael

Business Product Owner

Keurig Dr Pepper

Meaghan Carmichael has worked at Keurig Dr Pepper for 5 years with a current role of Business Product Owner for the Accessories business.  In her previous role of Agile Transformation Leader, she was responsible for training and coaching development teams as they learn how to use the new practices and tools in Keurig’s Product Development System.   Before joining KDP, Meaghan worked at Frito Lay as an Operations Leader in a manufacturing facility for 2 years. Meaghan has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.

Karen Cavoretto

Project Manager

Keurig Dr Pepper

Karen Cavoretto has worked at Keurig Dr Pepper for 4 years with a current role of Project Manager III, for the Away from Home Appliance business.  She has led the commercialization of multiple Appliance and Beverage program/project teams’ throughout the development and successful launch of each. Before joining KDP, Karen worked at General Dynamic Armament and Technical Systems as an Operations Program/Project Manager responsible for gun system production across multiple platforms valued in excess of 150MM.

Wouter van Essen

Head of R & D Excellence

Sonion

Wouter van Essen is Head of R&D Excellence at Sonion in the Netherlands. Sonion is a global leader in design of advanced miniature components and solutions for hearing instruments and advanced acoustics. In his role Wouter is responsible for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Sonion’s global R&D organization. Part of this responsibility is the implementation of Lean Product Development practices and Rapid Learning Cycles as the standard way of working in all R&D projects. Prior to this he worked several years as a Project Manager in product development. He has a master’s degree in Physics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

 

Suzanne van Egmond

Project Manager

Philips

Suzanne has spent all of her 20-year career in Philips in various R&D positions. Of the last ten years, she spent seven on helping managers and product developers to improve their ways of working. In that period, she has developed Lean Scheduling, a decision based planning method, that became one of the bricks the RLC framework is built of. In the last 2 years, Suzanne returned to an operational R&D role as project manager of front-end programs within BU Coffee. She now applies her own advice, sharpening her understanding even more. Suzanne is member of the board of directors of the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange.

Kathy Iberle*

Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliate

Kathy Iberle is the first fully-qualified Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliate, based in Vancouver, WA. She has been involved with Rapid Learning Cycles from the beginning, contributing her expertise in Agile Software Development as we built the first versions of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.

Kathy has worked on a wide variety of projects from medical instruments to IT to printer development, first as a software developer and later as a quality engineer and process improvement expert.  She’s managed or consulted on lifecycle development, adoption of agile and Lean methods, quality planning, Improvement Kata, test lab management, and a variety of other areas which keep development moving along swiftly and with low risk. She’s endlessly curious about why things work the way they do, and how they could work better.

Syb Leijenaar*

Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliate

Syb Leijenaar is a Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliate based in The Netherlands. He has a background in mechanical engineering and mechatronics and has been involved in product development for over 20 years. For further info see LinkedIn.

Katherine Radeka

Executive Director

Rapid Learning Cycles Resource Center

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.

David Stokes*

Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliate

David Stokes is a Rapid Learning Cycles Certified® Affiliate in development based in New Zealand.  David has been working with product development teams to help them develop stronger processes using his background in Lean and in Agile.  He also has extensive IT tools experience, with over 20 implementations of JIRA® and Confluence® in companies that make physical products.

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Who Will Be There?

10
Experience Report
Presenters
12
Companies
 
10
RLC Certified
Professionals
2
Viewers
 

Agenda

  1. 13:00 - Rapid Learning Cycles:
    An Introduction to High Velocity Innovation

    If you are new to Rapid Learning Cycles, join us for this warm-up presentation to become more familiar with the elements of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework. The presenters will assume that you are familiar with this content already.

    If you are experienced with Rapid Learning Cycles, you may also be interested to watch how Katherine explains the core concepts now, and how the best companies wrap an environment around Rapid Learning Cycles to deliver High Velocity Innovation.

    You’ll learn why Rapid Learning Cycles helps teams get their ideas to market faster, what teams do when they use Rapid Learning Cycles and how organizations with full adoption can best support these teams to deliver strategic innovations across the enterprise.

  2. 14:00 - Welcome from Katherine Radeka

    Katherine Radeka will open the conference with a brief welcome, an overview of the session’s agenda and the logistics for the web conference.

  3. 14:15 - Exp Report #1: Wouter van Essen of Sonion
    Five Years of Building Extensible Knowledge

    In 2014, Sonion began to experiment with Rapid Learning Cycles as a way to renew their group’s Lean R & D program. This presentation will describe why they chose this route, what they experienced, and what they are doing now. Wouter’s presentation this year will focus on the work they’ve done to leverage the knowledge they’ve built over five years with Rapid Learning Cycles into new innovation programs.

  4. 15:15 - High Velocity Innovation Deep Dive with Katherine:
    How to Realize Value from Real Time Knowledge Capture

    Katherine will share her observations and experiences helping people to capitalize on the knowledge they create with Rapid Learning Cycles.  She’ll cover:

    • Real-time knowledge capture in the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.
    • Knowledge Supermarkets
    • Position Papers to Pull Extensible Knowledge
    • Platform Development
    • Knowledge Roadmaps

     

  5. 16:15 - Exp Report #2: Syb Leijenaar*
    Systems Architecting with Rapid Learning Cycles

    In a complex world the best solutions are created when different disciplines work together. Systems Architecting provides a structure for this with tools like V-model and Requirements Engineering. However, these tools do not solve the problem of how to develop new solutions with different disciplines that have difficulties understanding each other.

    This presentation will show how the Rapid Learning Cycle framework can improve multi-disciplinary cooperation in Systems Architecting, so that teams can use these methods together to develop better solutions in less time.

  6. 17:15 - Exp Report #3: Suzanne van Egmond of Philips
    The Flow of Knowledge in an Integration Event

    In this presentation, Suzanne will share how a cascaded set of A3’s helps to smoothen communication within project teams and in integration events with stakeholders. She will go into the value of communicating and reporting in A3’s in a rapid learning context and how that speeds up alignment and understanding. A link will be made from set-based to rapid learning cycles.

  7. 18:00 - Closing Remarks from Katherine

    Katherine will wrap up the day with her observations from the presentation and what that means for the evolution of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.

     

  1. 12:00 - Rapid Learning Cycles:
    An Introduction to High Velocity Innovation

    If you are new to Rapid Learning Cycles, join us for this warm-up presentation to become more familiar with the elements of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework. The presenters will assume that you are familiar with this content already.

    If you are experienced with Rapid Learning Cycles, you may also be interested to watch how Katherine explains the core concepts now, and how the best companies wrap an environment around Rapid Learning Cycles to deliver High Velocity Innovation.

    You’ll learn why Rapid Learning Cycles helps teams get their ideas to market faster, what teams do when they use Rapid Learning Cycles and how organizations with full adoption can best support these teams to deliver strategic innovations across the enterprise.

  2. 13:00 - Welcome from Katherine Radeka

    Katherine Radeka will open the conference with a brief welcome, an overview of the session’s agenda and the logistics for the web conference.

  3. 13:15 - Exp Report #4: Meaghan Carmichael & Karen Cavoretto
    An Agile Transformation with Rapid Learning Cycles at Keurig

    Meaghan Carmichael and Karen Cavoretto will share their experiences leading Keurig Dr Pepper’s Appliance Development Teams through an Agile transformation that was grounded in Rapid Learning Cycles.  They’ll describe their journey to get every development team on board as appropriate, build skills within the organization, and provide the structures that will ensure that they can sustain the gains they’ve achieved.

  4. 14:15 - High Velocity Innovation Deep Dive with Katherine:
    Product Development Transformation with RLCs

    Katherine Radeka will present a deep dive on the path taken by Product Development organizations that move from experimentation through pilots to full adoption of Rapid Learning Cycles.  She’ll cover:

    • Small scale experiments to build experience with the concepts.
    • Pilot programs.
    • The Learning Phase of full adoption
    • The Transformation Phase of full adoption
    • Sustaining High Velocity Innovation
  5. 15:15 - Exp Report #5: Kathy Iberle*
    Rapid Learning Cycles Integration with Agile

    Projects involving both hardware and software are often asked to “do Agile” because the software teams have had success with Agile methods.  Kathy Iberle will explore why Agile by-the-book doesn’t work well for hardware teams, how Rapid Learning Cycles address Agile goals  in a manner more effective for hardware projects, and how to integrate the two methods into a coordinated development program.

  6. 16:15 - Exp Report #6: David Stokes*
    Confluence and Jira to Manage Multiple RLC Programs

    How do you manage more than one Rapid Learning Cycles program, and then pull all the knowledge together into a single Knowledge Library?   David Stokes will demonstrate how Confluence and Jira can be used together to help you manage multiple programs with Rapid Learning Cycles, and then how to organize the knowledge you’ve built into a Knowledge Supermarket.

     

  7. 17:00 - Closing Remarks from Katherine

    Katherine will wrap up the day with her observations from the presentation and what that means for the evolution of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.

     

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 The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product:  How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster by Katherine Radeka*

 

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