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Join our gathering of the Rapid Learning Cycles community for inspiration, ideas and experience-sharing.

Two sessions - attend one live and watch the other at a time that works for you.

Or if you can't join us live, sign up for a pass to get video playback access to all presentations.

Purchase a Viewer Pass by Sept 20 to receive a free copy of  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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Why Join Us?

Learn about Rapid Learning Cycles from the people who are actively using it to get their companies' products to market faster.

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

Erin Mossbarger of Sauder Woodworking will share 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'll share 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'll share 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'll share 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 will share 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 will share 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, will share 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 will share 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.

You must purchase a Pass by October 1 to see and hear these presentations in full — by participating in a live session or via Video Playback. We will not make them available to anyone who has not signed up in advance.

 

Experience Report Presenters

Celia Cheng

Head of the Program Management Office

SunPower

Celia Cheng is Head of the Program Management Office for SunPower, based in San Jose, California.

Ravi Shahani

Innovation Manager, C-TEC

Constellium

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.

 

Håkan Edman

Operational Development Director - Vehicle Propulsion

Volvo Cars

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.

Terry Snapp

Global Product Development Process Leader

Hyster-Yale Group

Hans Dikhoff

RLC Certified Coach

NewP

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.

Syb Leijenaar

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

Sonion

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.

Justin White

PMO Manager, Research & Development

Gallagher

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. 

Erin Mossbarger

Project Manager- NPD

Sauder Woodworking

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.

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.

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Agenda

  1. 13:00 PM - (Optional) Intro to Rapid Learning Cycles

    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.

    You’ll learn why Rapid Learning Cycles helps teams get their ideas to market faster, and how the foundational principles from Agile  underlie the framework. We’ll share how we evolved the framework to address the root causes of the obstacles faced in early product development that cause problems later in development, and where else Rapid Learning Cycles has helped teams bring their visions to life.

  2. 14:00 PM - 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 PM - Exp Report #1: Wouter van Essen of Sonion
    The Rapid Learning Cycles Journey at Sonion

    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 will share an example of how Rapid Learning Cycles improved testing, and describe the coaching structure that Sonion built to make Rapid Learning Cycles sustainable.

  4. 15:15 PM - Exp Report #2: Håkan Edmon of Volvo
    Rapid Learning Cycles for IT Programs: How We Used RLCs to Develop
    Strategies and Select Tools for Next Generation R & D

    This presentation will describe how Håkan’s team at Volvo applied RLC on a) The development of a new corporate PLM strategy and b) A large project for choosing our next generation of SW development tools. These were two very complicated areas that were hard to get a grip on. His team found RLC to be a useful tool for setting up teams, making plans and getting started.

     

  5. 16:15 PM - Exp Report #3: Erin Mossbarger of Sauder Woodworking
    Rapid Learning Cycles to Build a Better Bed

    Sauder chose their Better Bed project as their pilot for Rapid Learning Cycles. This team had been given the mission to improve Sauder’s ability to design and deliver ready-to-assemble beds, headboards and footboards that are easy for consumers, meet stringent shipping guidelines for retailers and hit margin targets. They used the Rapid Learning Cycles framework to understand what they needed to know, and document what they learned as they learned it.  Erin will share what worked—what didn’t work—and what they are doing now to incorporate Rapid Learning Cycles into NPD projects.

  6. 17:15 PM - Exp Report #4: Ravi Shahani of Constellium
    Rapid Learning Cycles for the Dedicated Innovation Team

    Ravi Shahani will describe how his team has used Rapid Learning Cycles to help them explore product and process innovations that are at the earliest phases of product development.

     

  7. 18:00 PM - 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. 13:00 PM - (Optional) Intro to Rapid Learning Cycles

    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.

    You’ll learn why Rapid Learning Cycles helps teams get their ideas to market faster, and how the foundational principles from Agile  underlie the framework. We’ll share how we evolved the framework to address the root causes of the obstacles faced in early product development that cause problems later in development, and where else Rapid Learning Cycles has helped teams bring their visions to life.

  2. 14:00 PM - 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 PM - Exp Report #5: Hans Dikhoff and Syb Leijenaar
    How to Help Customers That Don't Know About Rapid Learning Cycles
    to Benefit from RLCs When They Work With You
    Hans and Syb help their customers develop innovative products. These market-focused companies appreciate the value of a guiding development process that helps them to achieve their goals. So Hans and Syb have learned how to lead and engage customers through the Rapid Learning Cycles framework by encouragement and example.
     
    Even before teams master the language of Rapid Learning Cycles, the teams start to pull learning forward and push decisions later. They develop the Core Hypothesis, define Key Decisions and Knowledge Gaps and coordinate the work to close the gaps.
     
    So if you want to integrate your key customers or suppliers into your Rapid Learning Cycles program, you’ll get some good ideas about how to build a collaborative innovation development team that uses Rapid Learning Cycles without trying to sell your partners on RLCs.
  4. 15:15 PM - Exp Report #6: Terry Snapp of Hyster-Yale
    Can a Requirements Tool Support Global Rapid Learning Cycles?
    Hyster-Yale’s product development teams are globally distributed.  In this environment, sticky notes and Visual Planning Boards must become virtual. Terry will share how his team adapted Polarian Requirements to support Rapid Learning Cycles.
    He will give a demo of the tool using a dummy project so that you can see how his teams capture Key Decisions, Knowledge Gaps, the team’s Learning Cycles plan and reports.

     

  5. 16:15 PM - Exp Report #7: Celia Cheng of SunPower
    How the Language of RLCs Has Changed the Conversation
    in SunPower's Product Development Programs

    A year ago, SunPower sent a critical mass of program managers and technical leads to Rapid Learning Cycles training. Today, the language of Rapid Learning Cycles has encouraged development teams and their sponsors to think more deeply about what their development teams need to learn and how to learn it.

     

  6. 17:15 PM - Exp Report #8: Justin White of Gallagher
    Gallagher's Journey Towards Rapid Learning Cycles

    Justin will provide an overview on how Gallagher used Rapid Learning Cycles to refine their work with Lean Product Development. He will share their journey through building the right culture and environment, the shift to Lean Product Development and how the key elements of the Rapid Learning Cycle framework was what was required to pull it all together.

  7. 18:00 PM - 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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