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The Rapid Learning Cycles framework is sticky - that is, we see that teams continue to use Rapid Learning Cycles on their own, and it tends to embed itself in a product development organization. But that's not the only reason why we've focused on it so much. The truth is, the Rapid Learning Cycles framework can be a lot of fun, for the teams and for us. . .
For the past two weeks, the news in the United States has been dominated by the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. What does a political convention have in common with Learning Cycle and Integration Events? It's a pull event for real-time knowledge capture. . .
Novak Djokovic just accomplished something that hasn't been done in nearly 50 years: he now holds all four major titles - simultaneously. He is so dominant, in part, because his game is astonishingly flexible, making him a surprising, responsive and tenacious competitor.
The Rapid Learning Cycles framework works so well in early product development because it is a flexible framework, that dictates only the minimum structures required to give definition to the "fuzzy front end". . .
Nearly 100% of the clients who have contacted me since 2006 have a pre-existing phase gate product development process. Chances are, you have one, too.
These PDPs have come under some fire, especially in the work of Don Reinertsen and Ron Marsiglio because, when taken to an extreme, they can turn Product Development into a large-batch process with unnecessary delays. My own work has shown that most product development teams are more sophisticated in how they use phase gate PDPs to incorporate flexibility where needed to avoid these problems. However, I've also seen that some PDPs encumber development teams with so many mandatory activities and deliverables that the product development work itself gets crowded out, especially the experimental work that teams use to build knowledge. . .
As part of our effort to grow Rapid Learning Cycles, we've begun spending more time at conferences and events focused on innovation.
One thread of these conversations never fails to irritate me. . .
It's exciting to visit a company that has enough longevity with Rapid Learning Cycles to fully realize the benefits. The most exciting benefit for me is when I see that business partners have restored confidence that R & D can deliver their most strategic projects.
That frees up the company to go for bigger, more ambitious goals. . .