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The articles in this section describe the elements of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.
Since every program team will generate more Knowledge Gaps than they have time to close, the team needs to ruthlessly prioritize the Knowledge Gaps to ensure that they are working on the ones that are most important to their program.
Yet this prioritization process has been challenging. The method that we've been using for the past couple of years has not consistently led to good results...
This week's Knowledge Brief arose from a client's request to provide some guidance about how to write Key Decisions and Knowledge Gaps so that they are crisp and clear.
Whether we're running a case study in a workshop, or helping a team with their project, we look at the Key Decisions and Knowledge Gaps intensely. This is not so that we can understand the content of the program...
I met with a program team this week that experienced a delay when the group was assigned to help out another project team. That led to some fruitful discussions about how to handle such a delay. In a traditional product development program, the date just slips, and it may not be visible to everyone that this has happened until weeks or months down the road.
In a Rapid Learning Cycles program, we don't assume that a program delay like this will change the schedule. The Learning Cycle and Integration Events still take place on schedule. . .
A book study group asked me to put together a list of the Key Terms used in The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product. I use these terms in precise ways to ensure that my teams are in alignment about the most important aspects of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.
Some of these are terms I created. Others are words that we've tossed about within the New Product Development community, or even within the broader group of Innovators and R & D Leaders. Consultants and authors use some of them often, but not often as precisely as I do to ensure that the Rapid Learning Cycles framework maintains its integrity. . .
Even the most professional musicians take time to warm up before they go out on stage. Kickoff Events serve the same function for your program: they help the team get coordinated and aligned so that they can work well together when it counts.
Teams leave Kickoff Events with a better understanding of the program's mission and the part they will play in achieving it. The investment in time and money it takes to bring a team together pays dividends...
When a team structures a project with Rapid Learning Cycles, they need to define Key Decisions and Knowledge Gaps, then run the project so that Knowledge Gaps get closed and Key Decisions get made.
Well-formulated Key Decisions and Knowledge Gaps make that process a lot easier, especially when the team is...