Rapid Iterations Project Management

Onsite Workshop


Rapid Iterations Project Management (RIPM™) takes the Agile approach to a more advanced level than typical Agile/Scrum implementations, for use on non-software projects involving disciplines such as mechanical, electronic, and optical engineering. RIPM is straightforward from a project management best practice perspective, emphasizing an intensive planning approach at the start of the project for achieving challenging timelines and handling changing requirements – a common situation many project teams face today.

RIPM is not a product development process. It’s a methodology for teams to plan and complete projects quickly and efficiently within the framework of existing processes. The RIPM approach utilizes elements of Agile and Lean philosophies; Scrum and Kanban methodologies; and general project management best practices – optimized for speed and efficiency with the assumption that requirements will change during the project.

This RIPM workshop is a hands-on one-day session where participants work in groups using the RIPM approach, planning projects to complete them more quickly and efficiently than conventional methodologies. Lecture in this workshop is minimal – just a quick review of project lifecycle models, a few very important project management practices are reviewed, and the RIPM approach is explained.

Participants work on several real-world project cases, starting with a simple project that has changing requirements but a firm deadline. More challenging project scenarios are worked on throughout the day, concluding with a complex project scenario that has many challenges to overcome using RIPM.


The Agile approach has many advantages, but it also has shortcomings that limit its general usefulness. First, it’s typically viewed as a software methodology rather than a general project philosophy, so industry is very slow to implement variations of Agile on other types of projects. Even in software-only development environments, Agile’s adoption rate has been slow.

A major shortcoming of Scrum is that it’s a development methodology, not a complete project lifecycle methodology. In some Agile/Scrum work environments project management is almost non-existent. A mainstream approach is to minimize up-front planning and iterate until a releasable product is ready. Since most project teams don’t have the luxury of iterating indefinitely, this approach doesn’t work for teams with challenging deadlines and limited budgets.

Waterfall methodology has two very significant shortcomings. First, Waterfall does not accommodate changing requirements well. Requirements should be fully defined so that plans can be finalized, then implemented. Changing requirements or any changes in circumstances that require re-planning can cause major setbacks. Also, a large amount of work is typically implemented before it is tested using Waterfall methodology. When a large amount of complex work is done, many problems are likely to be found during testing. Several iterations of rework and testing are typical, causing delays.

RIPM addresses most of the shortcomings of both Agile and Waterfall. It’s a flexible, hybrid methodology suitable for most types of projects, and can be implemented within the framework of many existing product development processes without a need to change the process. RIPM is based on the Evolutionary Prototyping model but with many rapid iterations of completing and verifying requirements, like Scrum. RIPM encourages Lean & Kanban practices; and emphasizes the general project management best practices of up-front planning, critical path / critical chain analysis, risk mitigation, cost of delay, and management involvement.

The RIPM™ approach is similar to the methodology used by some leading companies that constantly churn out sophisticated, high-quality products quickly. These companies tend to keep their methodology secret, to protect their competitive advantage.

The major disadvantage of this approach is that it requires greater planning, management and teamwork skill than Scrum or Waterfall methodology. This workshop teaches the fundamental skills needed to be successful with RIPM.

The cost of delay associated with technical projects averages tens of thousands of dollars per day. When executed well, the RIPM approach can reduce project completion times resulting in significant financial gains.


Project Management for Engineers or Managing Technical Projects workshop.


Familiarity with the Evolutionary Prototyping lifecycle model or Agile philosophy; and project management best practices including comprehensive project planning, critical path analysis, risk mitigation, and cost of delay estimation.

What’s Included

Participants receive a comprehensive guidebook with case exercises, a RIPM™ planning template (MS Excel), a RIPM™ On-Demand Seminar license, 6.5 PDU/PDH credits, and email/phone follow-up with the workshop leader to assist with implementation. Lunch and refreshments are included with the registration fee.

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RIPM™ is a trademark of Auxilium, Inc.

Pricing and Registration

Rapid Iterations Project Management Regular Price: $770
Early Registration: 20% off (use Coupon/Promotion Code EARLY)
Group Rate: 15% discount for groups of 4 or more.

Workshops are limited to 24 people, and can fill up quickly.

On-site Workshops: $6250 for up to 24 participants at your facility. Includes travel within the continental U.S., materials and follow-up.

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Novi, MI November 17, 2017 through 11/3 after 11/3
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Dates and Locations

Novi, MI
November 17, 2017

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Workshop Leader

02WEBElectronics, mechanical and software engineering are all part of Gary Hinkle’s background, working in design and management of communication equipment, industrial controls, telemetry systems, consumer audio, avionics, computers, test & measurement, among other industries. Today, he’s principal consultant at Auxilium, a company he founded in 2002 to help engineering-oriented businesses increase productivity.

Throughout his career Gary has worked with thousands of managers and engineers at hundreds of companies – leading projects and teams, helping to improve processes, and helping technical leaders develop leadership and management competencies. Much of Gary’s knowledge comes from working directly with customers and learning from them. He has experienced what works and what doesn’t work within hundreds of businesses. Consulting clients and participants in his workshops benefit from this experience. (More)


If for any reason you are not satisfied, write to us within 30 days after attending the workshop, return the materials, and we’ll arrange for you to receive a full refund – hassle-free!

Who Should Attend

  1. Design Engineers
  2. Manufacturing Engineers
  3. Test Engineers
  4. Software/IT Developers
  5. Technical Marketing Engineers
  6. Applications/Support Engineers
  7. Project Leaders/Managers
  8. Engineering
  9. Managers/Supervisors
  10. Prospective Managers

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Continuing Education Credits: 6.5 PDHs/PDUs

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All of Auxilium’s workshops are available for onsite facilitation. Call 800-577-3528 today and let us customize this program for you.

Logistics and Details

Cancellations and substitutions
Payment is required in advance but is refundable, less a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received 5 full business days before the workshop. If you fail to attend and do not notify us in advance, the fee is not refunded. Substitutes are welcome. Simply send the substitute on the day of the workshop and notify the workshop leader of the change on arrival.

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We begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp and wrap up at about 5:15 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM. Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Lunch is from approximately 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Dress is casual.

Workshop content and availability are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop for any reason or change the venue. If we must cancel a workshop, liability is limited to a refund of the paid registration fee.

Call 800-577-3528 or 971-222-6234 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time or email.