Rapid learning and taking decisions
Delivering high-quality and innovative products requires important decisions in the early stages of product development. With Rapid Learning Cycles, you are looking which important decisions (Key Decisions) can be taken at the last responsible moment.
The next step is to find out what knowledge you lack (Knowledge Gap) to make these decisions. This knowledge is then built up, for example by means of experiments. This way you will be able to learn faster so you can make decisions with more confidence. This way you prevent a lot of rework and make more speed.
What is Rapid Learning Cycles?
Rapid Learning Cycles is a framework in which the principles of Agile software development are made suitable for the development of hardware products on a large scale. The framework consists of roles, techniques, and processes that enable organizations to:
- Faster learning through short feedback loops
- Take the right decisions with more confidence
- Smarter building up and sharing knowledge.
''Innovation is saying no to a 1,000 things.''
Learn first, decide later
Often, because of marketing and innovation strategies, engineers are forced to make early decisions for which they still have insufficient knowledge. This leads to frustration and rework when it appears that the choices were not correct.
What should we learn?
Development teams determine in a Kick Off-event what important decisions (Key Decisions) should be taken and what they need to learn (Knowledge Gaps) to take those decisions with confidence at the right time.
Teams learn in iterations
Teams then use Agile project management methods to stay focused on the most important things they need to learn during the iterations. And when new information becomes available, they immediately use it.
Making the right decisions
Making the right decisions at the right time with great confidence. When product developers can do this, you eliminate project delays and cost overruns in innovation processes.
Ideas go faster to the customer
And that is what organizations need to remain distinctive in the market. Enough ideas, but with Rapid Learning Cycles you develop the best ideas in a fast and robust way.