How to build a product and R&D team – Gdynia

Most entrepreneurs and managers we talk to emphasize that the most important barriers in effective development and launch of products and services are related to the organizational culture. The lack of a clear product strategy means that R&D, innovation and product teams cannot obtain necessary resources. Product and R&D teams are often managed by people from Production and Operations so they are not given space for experiments. Finally, the lack of trust and acceptance for failures means that the company does not test new solutions.  

During this event we will learn how to build an organization that has the ability to both create and implement new products. We will discuss  what are the main constrains for innovation. There will be case studies from various industries and workshops to leave you with practical skills in the field of organization culture management, designing organizational structure and building product teams.

Who will benefit 

  • Entrepreneurs and executive interested whose competitive strategy is innovation and new technologies
  • Directors of product departments, product and service development managers
  • Directors and R&D and innovation
  • Marketing, sales and business development managers and directly
  • Researchers interested in the subject of innovation

What you will learn

  • PDMA best practices of product management
  • Real experience of specialists from the industry
  • You will meet other product management, innovation and R&D experts


8:30 – Registration/coffee

9:00 – Introduction to PDMAWojciech Ozimek, Chairman of PDMA Central Europe

We will learn how the Product Development and Management Association gathers, conducts research and disseminates product management practices and how those practices can contribute to gaining completive advantage

10:00 –  Accepting failures – experimental approach to product developementJarosław Pilarczyk, CEO

Failure is associated with something negative in business. We do everything to prevent mistakes, we introduce processes that are supposed to protect us from failures. However, mistakes are a natural part of learning process – thanks to them we gain experience. Can we really create an innovative product without making mistakes? I will show how experiments can be used to create products and the cases studies of successful companies with organizational culture that promotes such an approach to product development.

11:00 – How to grow an R&D Team  – Wojciech Klimek, Senior R&D Director, Adva Optical Networking  

12:00 –  we will provide more details shortly

13:00 – lunch break

14 :00 – Workshops 1 – Innovation culture in practice – Agata Rutkowska – TTP Partners 

14:00 – Workshops 2  – Customer Experience – how to put yourself in your clients’ shoes – TBD

16:30 – networking 


Agata Rutkowska

Agata Rutkowska

Business trainer (PTP) and coach (ACC), GTI systemic innovator

Jarosław Pilarczyk

Jarosław Pilarczyk


Wojciech Ozimek

Wojciech Ozimek

Chairman of PDMA Central Europe

Wojciech Klimek

Wojciech Klimek

Senior R&D Director, Adva Optical Networking

How to register?

You can register by sending an email with your name, organization you represent and a role to

 You need to represent a tech company or be responsible for innovation, product and service development and management.

The price  is a symbolic 150 PLN net but the event is free for PPNT residents and PDMA members


Looking forward to seeing you!


21 November 2019
9:00 do 5:00 p.m.


Pomeranian Science and Technology Park
aleja Zwycięstwa 96 / 98
81-451 Gdynia

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