Rapid Learning Cycles Institute

We help you get your best ideas to market faster.

Welcome to the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework's Resource Center!


The Rapid Learning Cycles framework helps companies get their best ideas to market faster.

The Rapid Learning Cycles Institute provides products, online classes and in-person workshops to inform, train and support companies to use the Rapid Learning Cycles framework to accelerate product development.

The Rapid Learning Cycles framework is a synthesis of Katherine Radeka's work over the past ten years to use Agile and Lean practices in the front end of product development. It came together in 2010, with a series of four consulting projects in four different industries to solve a common problem:

How do we spend our time and resources most effectively in the early stages of product development to ensure that poor ideas fail quickly, and good ideas are set up for success in execution?

Since then, we have honed and refined the framework into a repeatable process that is in use in over 100 companies around the world. Unlike Agile and Lean on their own, the Rapid Learning Cycles framework quickly gains support from developers and executives alike. The developers appreciate the respect for their expert knowledge and professionalism and the freedom to do the right thing for the program - the executives love the results.

  • Over 90% of the participants in the 2015/2016 Rapid Learning Cycles Certification workshops went on to run a program using the framework.
  • Over 70% of the participating companies are sending more people to the 2016/2017 workshops.
  • Over half have now incorporated the Rapid Learning Cycles framework into their company's standard Product Development Process, or intend to do so by the end of 2016.

That's the best proof that this works the first time - and then it sticks.

The term "rapid learning cycles" first appeared in 2004 in a booklet by the late Dr. Allen Ward of the University of Michigan, but it wasn't until we fused Dr. Ward's concept with Agile Development methods that it began to solidify into a repeatable methodology for product development.

The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework's Resource Center

 Join this free membership site to gain access to a library of resources to help you explore whether or not this framework can help your company get its best ideas to market faster.

Each week, you will receive a new Knowledge Brief written by Katherine Radeka or one of her trusted associates.  These short articles will deepen your understanding about one aspect of Rapid Learning Cycles.

Members also gain access to our entire history of Knowledge Briefs written about the Rapid Learning Cycles framework, and first notice about upcoming public workshops and presentations, web classes and products to help you experiment with the framework, and then adopt it.

The Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Professionals Community

When you're serious about Rapid Learning Cycles, we offer public Rapid Learning Cycles Certification workshops.  They are intended to prepare you to lead your first team with Rapid Learning Cycles.  People who successfully complete this workshop and meet other certification requirements achieve the Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Program Manager designation, get a license to reuse our tested materials for running these programs, gain access to advanced resources for professionals with active programs, and receive on-going support from our team.

When your organization is ready to go to the next level, the Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Facilitator experience will prepare you to drive Rapid Learning Cycles into your organization.  You receive an expanded license to use our materials for your own internal training, and additional support.

Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Coaches and Consultants are trusted associates who may use the Rapid Learning Cycles framework in their own consulting, coaching and training practices. 

Latest Resources


[KB] The Shortest Distance Book Study Guide: Extract from The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product, 2nd Edition

(in: Start Here)

[KB]The Path Through The Wilderness: The Elements of Project Management for Rapid Learning Cycles

(in: Program Mgmt for RLC Framework)

[KB] Let Your Partners Help You Deliver the Right Product: Three Ways the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework Builds Partner Engagement

(in: Why Rapid Learning Cycles?)

[KB] Simple, Flexible and Forgiving: Why the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework Has Staying Power

(in: Why Rapid Learning Cycles?)

[KB] Rapid Learning Cycles Are More Fun: Eleven Reasons Why Teams Like the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework

(in: Why Rapid Learning Cycles?)

[KB] Promises You Can Keep: Why the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework Builds Confidence in R & D's Ability to Deliver

(in: Why Rapid Learning Cycles?)