June 2018 Report from Italy

The People of Project Management in Italy: An Update; PM EXPO Spring Experience 2018; PMS 2018 – the 16th International Conference on Project Management and Scheduling; Forum PA 2018



By Massimo Pirozzi

International Correspondent

Rome, Italy



This second Regional Report includes an update about the people of Project Management in Italy, with a focus on the increasing success of Project Management International Standards, and, in its second part, a report about PM Expo Spring Experience, a major Event dedicated to Project Management that has been organized, in Milan Area, by the major Italian Association of Project Management, the “Istituto Italiano di Project Management” (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short), plus a short overview about two important events that have been sponsored by ISIPM, PMS 2018 – the 16th International Conference on Project Management and Scheduling, and FORUM PA 2018.


In Italy, we are still witnessing a steadily increasing positive trend in the dissemination of Project Management discipline: in first five-month period of 2018, there have been more than 700 Basic Certifications (about 95% ISIPM – Base, 5% CAPM), and more than 600 Advanced Certifications (about 80% PMP, 20% ISIPM Av) ¹: if the second half of 2018 will confirm this trends, we will reach an absolute record!

The increasing interest for Project Management Discipline corroborates the importance that Project Management Standards have for Project Management People: I asked to Maurizio Monassi, Certified PMP, ISIPM-Av, and Professional Project Manager, Member of ISIPM’s Executive Committee, and Member of the Working Group GL13 of UNI, the Italian Standardization Body (relevant to UNI ISO 21500 and UNI 11648 National Standards, for Project Management and Project Managers respectively), to give us some cue about Standards.

«Standards are always important: if one thinks he has a problem, but he fails to relate it to a standard, he understands that he does not have a problem, but he simply has a more or less strong perception that something goes wrong. The ISO 21500:2012 “Guide to Project Management”, which has been adopted in Italy in 2013 by the Italian Standardization Body “UNI”, is a high-level Standard that frames the general concepts of Project Management, in order to help professionals and companies both to fully understand the discipline of project management, and to share a common project management language. The success in the world of ISO 21500 is also proven by the fact that this standard has become a family of international standards, such as: ISO 21503: 2017, “Guidance on programme management”, ISO 21504: 2015, “Guidance on portfolio management”, ISO 21505: 2017, “Guidance on governance”, ISO 21508: 2018 “Guidance on earned value management” .In addition, the ISO Group TC258 that follows this program is developing the ISO FDIS 21511, “Work breakdown structure”, scheduled for 2018, and perhaps the most important of all, the Working Draft 21506, “Project Management Vocabulary”, which will be a global glossary inspired by the “PMI Lexicon of Project Management Terms”. Many people have been involved in the 12-years development of the work, and PMI has had an important influence on all ISO standards, then ensuring respect for the market standards, which, on turn, evolved and improved thanks to ISO 21500 itself. In any case, in addition to the PMBOK, released and updated every four years by the PMI, recognized as the American National Standard, and welcomed as a de facto standard by a large part of the project manager community in several countries, there were other sensitive influences on ISO 21500 such as, for example, the ICB (Individual Competence Baseline) of IPMA (International Project Management Association). The effort to continuous improvement, which is the basis of all virtuous projects, has meant that, for example, ISO 21500 has introduced the important Subject Group of ​​Stakeholders, that were relegated before to 2 simple processes in the Knowledge Area Communication in the PMBOK ® Guide 4th Ed., thereby following the approaches of IPMA ICB, of BS 6079,  and of Japanese P2M; in addition, ISO 21500 simplified the Subject Group ​​Risk and suggested major improvements in the Subject Group ​​Resources. After that, PMI has implemented the improvements in its PMBOK® Guide 5th Ed. and its current 2018 PMBOK® Guide 6th Ed. Presently, since some years have passed, ISO 21500 is, of course, under revision.

The Italian Institute of Project Management (ISIPM) has developed a successful National Advanced Certification, called ISIPM-AV, which is totally compliant with ISO 21500: the correspondent guide is “Guida ai temi ed ai processi di project management (Guide to Project management Themes and Processes)”, whose Authors are Enrico Mastrofini, Vito Introna, Maurizio Monassi, Massimo Pirozzi, Biagio Tramontana and Graziano Trasarti. Definitively, in Italy, we can say that the World of Project Management is finally acquiring its rightful place…»


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To cite this report: Pirozzi, M. (2018). June 2018 Report from Italy, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue VI – June. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/pmwj71-Jun2018-MPirozzi-2nd-Report-from-Italy-English.pdf

About the Author

Massimo Pirozzi

Rome, Italy



Massimo Pirozzi, MSc cum laude, Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Principal Consultant, Project Manager, and Educator. He is a Member and the Secretary of the Executive Board, a Member of the Scientific Committee, and an accredited Master Teacher, of the Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management). He is certified as a Professional Project Manager, as an Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor, and as an International Mediator. He is a Researcher, a Lecturer, and an Author about Stakeholder Identification and Management, Relationship Management, Complex Projects Management, and Project Management X.0.

Massimo has a wide experience in managing large and complex projects in national and international contexts, and in managing relations with public and private organizations, including multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes, and non-profit organizations. He worked successfully in several sectors, including Defense, Security, Health, Education, Cultural Heritage, Transport, Gaming, and Services to Citizens. He was also, for many years, a Top Manager in ICT Industry, and an Adjunct Professor in Organizational Psychology. He is registered as an Expert of the European Commission, and as an Expert of the Italian Public Administrations.

Massimo Pirozzi serves as an international Correspondent in Italy for the PM World Journal. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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