Training Courses for R&D

Over 3 000 people have attended Value Model training globally. Our training is recognized for being very hands-on. You will learn the tools and methods that you directly can put to practical use in your projects or organization.  

Project Management for R&D

Project Management Canvas

Traditional Project Management Canvas using sticky-notes.

Digital Project Management Canvas

Canvas developed for use on the digital collaborative platform iObeya.


Teaching method – "Learning by doing"

Analog and visual tools are outstanding in making teams work more effectively, share experiences, build commitment, and understanding. We also believe in working hands-on.


Creating a Project Canvas for your project together with your team and stakeholders is the best start your project can get. Your canvas can be physical or digital. However, there are some elements in a Project Canvas that are crucial for success. 

Inhouse or digital

The training is either in-house or digital (over the Internet). The digital training is perfect in Corona times, or if your team and stakeholders collaborate globally, and a meeting is impossible.

Unique methodology adapted to R&D

Our methodology is extremely powerful for R&D projects involving a large number of unknowns, and where project output, to a large extent, is to build new knowledge. The perfect method to make global teams productive.

​You will learn how to best position your project on the scale between traditional waterfall and agile planning methods. Learn a planning method particularly powerful for projects involving both hardware, software, and services.

This hybrid planning and execution method simplifies for software programmers and hardware engineers to cooperate. A technique that will strengthen team-building and make the most out of your resources, eliminating late changes and project overruns. A proven visual project management method building commitment. 

Course objectives:

  • increased Project Management skills of people working in R&D projects

  • uniformed mindset and working methods 

  • secured quality of outputs from R&D projects

  • better estimations of cost and project returns

  • reduced time to market

  • eliminated project overruns.

Please see the course description below.

Work with real projects

If you run this training in-house, the teams will work with your projects. The ultimate learning experience!


Give your projects a flying start by having them defined, planned, and the infrastructure created to follow up and keep the projects under control. Or give your on-going projects an overhaul and restart.


It is the best possible team-building exercise you can do.

If you have limited time to send people to training, this is the perfect option.

Digital and Public Training

- Next starts Wednesday, October 6



  • The training is "live" but in a digital format and completely free from POWERPOINTS! The lectures are delivered using a flipchart and a whiteboard. You can ask questions and get answers immediately, just like in regular class-room training.

  • The training is based on practical exercises, visual planning, and a team-based approach. The platform that has proven to work best for the exercises is iObeya.  The exercises are done with digital "sticky notes." All the benefits of visual planning are kept. You will together with your team members create a " Digital Project Management Canvas."

  • If you are more than 5 people from the same company you can get your own iObeya room for the exercises and work with your own project.


Course structure

  • A total of 6 modules with one-week intervals

  • Each module consists of a 1.5-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour exercise in the iObeya platform

  • About 2 hours of homework is also included. Total training time is about 20 hours, which corresponds to the traditional 3-day course 

  • The maximum number of participants is 16 in the lectures and 8 in the exercises (one iObeya room)


  • Wednesdays October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, and November 10

  • Lectures 09:00 –  ca 10:30 (CET - Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm)

  • Exercises First Group 11:00 – ca 12:30 (CET - Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm)

  • Exercises Second Group 13:30 - ca 15:00 (CET - Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm)




  • If you feel after the first module that this was not something for you, you can cancel the course completely free of charge. No questions asked.



  • The course documentation consists of four chapters from the Value Model book, a total of 125 pages as a PDF-file

  • Copies of the presentations in a pdf-format

  • Several iObeya templates that you can use in your projects



  • The language will be English.



  • Cost 925 EUR / participant



  • We offer a free demo so you can see how the course is designed

You can still enroll - seats available

Project Management for R&D

The training combines lectures with practical workshops. A teaching method that allows you to directly apply and test the Project Management methods and concepts taught. By switching between theory and practice, you acquire the practical skills necessary to be able to do this on your own. Visual and team-building methods are essential parts of this training, and you will learn how to use the digital collaborative platform iObeya.

Module 1 Project Management fundamentals

Product development is a complex and multifaceted activity involving people from many parts of your organization. Such a complicated set of activities cannot be described in one single model. Instead, different models need to be upheld. Some of these models are briefly introduced in this module, such as Agile, Waterfall, and Gate Models.  

You will learn how to best position your project on the scale between traditional waterfall and agile planning methods. This method is particularly powerful for projects involving both hardware, software, and services.

This module will also describe how to identify all the stakeholders and develop their respective roles, areas of responsibilities, and authority powers.

Module 2 Project success factors and pitfalls

The project concept is defined, and common success factors, as well as pitfalls, are discussed. Many R&D projects are trapped by the triple constraints of time, cost, and scope. You will learn how to solve this dilemma and give your project a better chance by introducing the diamond of opportunities.


This module also introduces a powerful method of how to create a goal statement for your project. The importance of writing a goal statement collectively with your team and key stakeholders is underrated. It is an essential team-building exercise and paves the way for planning your project and driving it to a successful conclusion.


Module 3 Project deliverables and boundaries

You will learn how to scope your project by identifying and specifying deliverables and critical boundaries. By consistently directing focus on deliverables instead of activities, more attention is centered on the customers in the project, paving the way for successful execution and conclusion.

In R&D projects involving both hardware and software, the concepts of deliverables, features, and functions lead to many misunderstandings and late changes. These concepts are defined, and you will learn how they can be used in a project context.



Module 4 The business case and estimations

Project managers of the future must be more business-minded. The project must be conducted to maximize the business impact over the entire life cycle of the new product to be developed. Financial analyses must, therefore, not only cover project costs but also how the project execution will influence future cost and revenue streams. You will learn the basics of how to make a return map for your project.

Estimations of time, engineering hours, costs, and revenue streams are essential for the business case. You will learn a hands-on and practical method to improve your estimations substantially.


Module 5 Overall and detailed plan

Both waterfall and agile methods have their pros and cons. No planning method is the best or works in all cases or for all types of projects. To overcome these shortcomings, you will learn how to use two plans. An overall plan covering the whole project and a detailed plan for the next few weeks.


The overall plan can preferably be more of a waterfall type and the detailed plan agile. By using two plans, you combine the best of two different methods, agile and waterfall. A planning method powerful for projects involving both hardware, software, and services. 


Module 6 Project control and leadership

A Project Control system should be proactive rather than reactive. Learn how to introduce and apply good routines within your project without making your project bureaucratic. A well-managed project requires less monitoring, follow-up and corrective actions can be taken early. Nothing is more costly in a development project than late changes.

This module will cover topics like risk analyses, risk mitigation, change management, and leadership.



Documentation is copies of four chapters from the Value Model book and copies of the material used in the lectures.


Value Model evaluation scores. Average for all participants from ten public courses in a row.  Scale from 1 to 6. Customers includes ABB, Atlas Copco, Scania, 3M, Xylem and many more.