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We've posted a Highlights video below from our 2017 Virtual Summit.
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The presentations reflect a broad range of experiences with Rapid Learning Cycles, including some that may be surprising.
Erin Mossbarger of Sauder Woodworking shared her team's experience using Rapid Learning Cycles to build a better bed. This was Erin's first experience with RLCs, and she'll share what worked, and what she's doing differently in her next program.
Ravi Shahani of Constellium is the head of an innovation team that's responsible for identifying and evaluating both product and process innovations. He shared how his team uses Rapid Learning Cycles to manage a portfolio of "Phase 0" investigations.
Celia Cheng of SunPower runs the PMO office for new product development. She shared how the language of Rapid Learning Cycles has changed the conversation between stakeholders and teams to be more aware of the need to pull learning forward.
Håkan Edman of Volvo has used Rapid Learning Cycles to develop a strategy for Next Generation R & D, a program to select and implement IT tools to support engineering work. He shared how he brought RLCs into this new domain.
Our other Experience Reports share how RLC champions have supported the move towards full adoption:
Wouter van Essen of Sonion shared the ways his teams have improved their ability to run rapid experiments and how he has set up coaching so that Sonion can use RLCs effectively across R & D.
Terry Snapp of Hyster-Yale shared how his team adapted his group's Requirements Management tool to support Rapid Learning Cycles. He'll give a demonstration to show how the team developed a virtual Learning Cycles Plan to support global teams.
Hans Dikhoff and Syb Leijenaar, two of our Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Coaches, shared what they've learned about how to use Rapid Learning Cycles to engage with customers — when those customers don't know or care about RLCs.
Justin White of Gallagher shared his company's journey from Lean Product Development and Agile into Rapid Learning Cycles, and how his team has built a culture and environment that sets up Gallagher's product development teams for success.
Watch the Rapid Learning Cycles Virtual Summit Highlights Video
This video condenses over eight hours of Experience Reports into nine minutes.
Head of the Program Management Office
Celia Cheng is Head of the Program Management Office for SunPower, based in San Jose, California.
Innovation Manager, C-TEC
Ravi Shahani, Innovation Manager at Constellium, holds a degree and PhD from Cambridge University (UK) and works at the Constellium Technology Center near Grenoble, France. His areas of expertise focus on aluminium semi-products and include innovation & new product development, alloy design, processing by casting/rolling/extrusion, and automotive applications. He spent 6 years at Constellium’s Neuf-Brisach rolling mill in the period 2002-2008, introducing solutions for hoods, doors, roof panels and suspension parts. Ravi then led Constellium R&D for extruded products and automotive structures including crash management, for which Constellium is a leading tier 1 automotive supplier. The focus of his current team is early-phase innovation including aluminium alloys for additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies for future manufacturing facilities.
Operational Development Director - Vehicle Propulsion
Håkan Edman is the Operational Development Director at Vehicle Propulsion in Volvo Cars, with more than 25 years experience in various project leader and management roles in Volvo Cars R&D. The past four years he has been part of a small team developing a Knowledge Based PD transformation strategy for Volvo Cars R&D.
Global Product Development Process Leader
RLC Certified Coach
Hans Dikhoff (NewP) is specialized in (strategic) concept thinking and in realizing practical industrial design solutions. Deploying the innovation and change management skills needed to implement new solutions by mobilising and putting to work the knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm of all companies and persons involved.
RLC Certified Coach
Syb Leijenaar is an independent professional specialized in product development. He has a background in mechanical engineering and mechatronics and is involved in product development for over 20 years in different roles. For further info see LinkedIn.
Wouter van Essen
Lean R & D Program Leader
Wouter van Essen is a Lean R&D Program Leader 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 implementing LPPD 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.
PMO Manager, Research & Development
Starting out as a Mechatronics Engineer and Army Officer, Justin White now runs the Gallagher R&D Project Management Office with a background in R&D and Defence Force Project Management. The Gallagher Group Limited invest considerably into R&D and as a result are leading providers of Security Systems, Animal Management Systems and Fuel Systems across the globe.
Project Manager- NPD
Erin Mossbarger is a Project Manager for New Product Development at Sauder Woodworking. As a Project Manager, Erin coordinates team efforts and communication primarily for projects developing new units, but her responsibility has recently extended to include improvement projects. She has over fifteen years of project management experience including her prior roles in both the Market Research and Direct Response industries.
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.
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Viewer Passes: $495 per person.
Viewer Passes are for people who are new to the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute. You will be able to hear and see everything, and you will ask questions through the moderator via the Question-and-Answer panel.
Interactive Connection Passes for Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Professionals: $495 per person.
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Participating in an online chat with other Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Professionals.
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