Category: Conferences and Events, Innovation

Building a Product Innovation Culture


pdma_logoThirteen associates from Boston Financial have joined the Product Development Management Association (PDMA). The PDMA’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management. With over 600 members in the Boston Chapter, this is a great opportunity to learn what other companies are doing in the Product Development space.

Last week I hosted a board meeting of the Boston Chapter. One of the meeting’s agenda items was program development. We ironed out details for our next event which will be held on December 2nd at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Cambridge: Overcoming Challenges and Sharing Best Practices A Workshop for Product Development and Management Professionals.

The program will include an evening of networking and roundtable discussions to share ideas and best practices about product development and innovation.  Local PDMA members have identified five topics for discussion that represent key issues faced by product organizations today.  With an interactive roundtable format we hope to uncover new ideas and strategies to meet these challenges. The format for the evening will allow attendees to participate in a lively discussion at two of the product roundtables. I will be leading one of the five discussions. The topic of my roundtable is: Building A Product Innovation Culture and Helping the Organization Embrace It.

I’m looking forward to hearing insights from other companies on how to tackle this key challenge. Members and non-members are invited. Visit the PDMA website to register for the event.

Frank Citrone

Frank Citrone

Frank works for Boston Financial's New Business and Product Development Team. He is managing the development of the Compliance Program Products and is developing a structure around Boston Financial’s Product Development process. Frank joined Boston Financial in 2004, working on the Federated Transition. He then developed Boston Financial’s first Project Management Methodology, centralized the Project Management function and established the Project Management Office. Prior to joining Boston Financial, Frank worked for Columbia Management, Liberty Financial and Colonial Management.


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