Katherine Radeka

Member Since 2021

Katherine Radeka

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Rapid Learning Cycles Institute

Portland, Oregon Area

Her breakthrough framework for innovation, Rapid Learning Cycles, accelerates the development of physical products where the assumptions of Agile Software Development break down, and a Lean Start Up mindset is necessary but not sufficient to ensure the successful execution of a viable product. She has the rare combination of scientific depth, business acumen and creativity that organizations need to help them make the most of Innovation. She is the award-winning author of The Mastery of Innovation, The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product and High Velocity Innovation. Although she did not invent Rapid Learning Cycles, she and her clients synthesized the concept with Agile program management to characterize and refine them into a complete methodology to accelerate innovation. Those clients have cut time-to-market for their most innovative products by 50% or more. She has been able to achieve those results because she knows how innovators think.


  • Innovation
  • Product Development


January 6th, 2023

Beating the backlash: when business competitors stomp on innovation 

Tune out the industry naysayers and lean into solving your target market's pain points.

January 25th, 2022

Is now the right time to unveil your latest innovation?

The business world demands constant innovation, but when is the right time to unveil your "latest and greatest" ideas?

May 21st, 2021

To accelerate net-zero, commit early but decide late


Rapid Learning Cycles Institute

We help innovators change the world — faster. Companies get their best ideas to market faster with the Rapid Learning Cycles framework, which adapts Agile principles for physical products. The framework accelerates innovation by eliminating the root causes of the problems that slow down the execution phases of development: quality problems, late-found defects, cost overruns and schedule delays. Innovation and product development teams often experience these problems because their processes drive them to make decisions too early, when they don’t have the information they need to make good decisions. Then they have to revisit those decisions later, when they see that these decisions need to be changed in order to deliver a viable product. Teams using the framework make better decisions at the right time with the right people and the best available knowledge. They identify their most important Key Decisions, then identify the Knowledge Gaps they need to close in order to make these decisions with confidence. Then they organize the work of closing Knowledge Gaps into a series of Rapid Learning Cycles that allow for fast feedback and the flexibility to adapt as teams learn. At the end of every Learning Cycle, they share the knowledge they’ve built, and when it’s time to make a decision, they work with stakeholders and sponsors to make good, data-driven decisions. When teams do this, they don’t waste time revisiting decisions or arguing about things that should have been settled, or fixing a lot of problems when decisions don’t work out. As a result, they are able to drive down time-to-market and increase ROI from innovation and product development programs. Our user community includes product development teams in aerospace, medical devices, pharma, renewable energy, high-tech materials, transportation, semiconductors and a wide range of consumer products from packaged goods to food production to home appliances and electronics.


  • Innovation Management
  • Product Design
  • Management Consulting