Maturity in Project Management Series: Maturity in Project Management: The Italian Experience


By Andrea Fraticelli

Rome, Italy

Russell D. Archibald

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Darci Prado

Minas Gerais, Brazil

A research project on PM Maturity was conducted in Italy during 2009/2010 using the same resources already used in Brazil, namely the Prado PM Maturity Model and the web site at http://www.maturityresearch.com/novosite/index.html. The initiative proved successful by achieving a significant number of participating organizations, mainly due to the total dedication of members of ISIPM (Istituto Italiano di Project Management). The average maturity score for Italy for that period was 2.86, a little higher than the Brazilian one, 2.61 for the same period.

1.    Istituto Italiano di Project Management® – Who We Are?

The “Istituto Italiano di Project Management®” (“Italian Institute of Project Management®”, or “ISIPM”) is a non-profit association founded in October 2005 in Rome, Italy, in order to create a new entity in the Project Management arena with specific reference to ICT (Information & Communication Technology), Public Administration, and the so-called “Agile” approaches. The board of directors of ISIPM includes professionals from different fields: consulting, Italian and international private companies, public organization and others. ISIPM promotes the growth of Project Management culture among all stakeholders in their different roles: customers, suppliers, sponsors, consultants and participants in projects.

ISIPM is an independent association that promotes all the best practices and methodologies already recognized worldwide (PMI, IPMA, Prince2). Moreover it serves as REP (Registered Education Provider) of the Project Management Institute.

In order to sponsor educational and an entry level approach to Project Management, in 2008, ISIPM introduced a basic certificate in the discipline, with a formal examination and passing test. Until now, ISIPM has published three volumes for supporting its introductory certification policy for developing Project Management in organizations. Several cooperation agreements have been signed with Italian business schools and other learning institutes in order to provide training leading to the ISIPM basic certification “ISIPM-Base®”. As of June 2014, more than 3,743 have obtained this certification, which may be suitable for advancing in further project management qualifications. At the same date, the membership of the Institute is near to 1,000.

2.    Discovering the Prado Model In Italy

According to its mission, ISIPM organizes several events and seminars each year and some of these also have international scope, with very recognized speakers. In November 2008 ISIPM had Russell D. Archibald as keynote speaker. The focus of the speech was on the role of Project Management as leverage for developing and improving the performances of Public Administration and related organizations. The international event in 2009 was dedicated to maturity models in Project Management, with Darci Prado as keynote speaker.

The reason to focus the 2009 event on the Prado model was to identify a complete and “agile” model for Italy, following an analysis of the many Project Management Maturity Models (PMMM) on the market. In fact, it’s been recognized that in Italy it is a priority, for many organizations, to start a “small steps route” towards an ever better management of their projects. The Prado model, in addition to be in line with the characteristics mentioned above, also has the great advantage of being scalable, allowing analysis of the entire organization or even a single “function” (or division). The interest in Project Management Maturity Models has derived from the following consideration: why enhance and certify the skills of Project Management of the main actors in a Project Management System if the environment in which they operate remains highly immature? It’s recognized that the cultural and educational dimensions, although important, cannot allow the creation and maintenance of a “Project Management System” without simultaneous actions on other dimensions such as the Project Management methodologies, the information system, the organizational structure and skills. It’s also necessary to check if top corporate executives are aware of their own organizations’ current maturity level.


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Editor’s note: The Project Management Maturity series of articles by Russell Archibald & Prof Darci Prado is based on their extensive research on this topic in Brazil, the United States and other countries. Russ is one of the pioneers in the project management field and the originator of the Archibald Project Categorization Model. Darci is the developer of the Prado Project Management Maturity Model which has been successfully implemented by many organizations in Brazil. More about this model and related research can be found at http://www.maturityresearch.com/. 

About the Authors

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Andrea is an engineer, with graduate studies in Management Engineering at the University “Tor Vergata” in Rome, Italy. He works for a multinational consultancy corporation in the Business Technology area, specializing in IT Strategy & Transformation and Enterprise Architecture. He collaborates with the “Istituto Italiano di Project Management®” (ISIPM) since 2008 in research projects and publishing several articles on professional specialized magazine “il Project Manager”. He has contributed with his master degree thesis in editing text “Maturità nella Gestione Progetti”. In 2010 he represented ISIPM at the “10th International Workshop in Project & Programme Management” at the “SKEMA Business School” in Lille, presenting the “ISIPM-PRADO” research on the maturity state of Italian organizations. Currently he’s responsible for the ISIPM “Maturity in Project Management” research team. He is “ISIPM-Base®” and ITIL V3 Foundation certified. E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected] 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Russell D. Archibald: PhD (Hon) ESC-Lille (Fr), MSc (U of Texas) & BS (U of Missouri) Mechanical Engineering, PMP, Fellow PMI and Honorary Fellow APM/IPMA (member of the Board of IPMA/INTERNET 1974-83), held engineering and executive positions in aerospace, petroleum, telecommunications, and automotive industries in the USA, France, Mexico and Venezuela (1948-1982). Russ also had 9 years of active duty as a pilot officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps (1943-46) and as a Senior Pilot and Project Engineer with the U. S. Air Force (1951-58.) Since 1982 he has consulted to companies, agencies and development banks in 16 countries on 4 continents, and has taught project management principles and practices to thousands of managers and specialists around the world. He is co-author (with Shane Archibald) of Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know About Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (2013); author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects (3rd Edition 2003), also published in Russian, Italian, and Chinese; other books (in English, Italian, Japanese, and Hungarian); and many papers on project management. Web-site: http://russarchibald.com E-mail: [email protected]

To see other works by Russ Archibald, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/russell-d-archibald/ 

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Minas Gerais, Brazil

Darci Prado is a consultant and partner of INDG in Brazil. He is an engineer, with graduate studies in Economical Engineering at UCMG and PhD in Project Management from UNICAMP, Brazil. He has worked for IBM for 25 years and with UFMG Engineering School for 32 years. He holds the IPMA Level B Certification. He was one of the founders of Minas Gerais State and Parana State PMI chapters, and he was member of Board Directors of Minas Gerais State PMI chapter during 1998-2002 and member of the Consulting Board during 2003-2009. He was also the president of IPMA Minas Gerais State chapter during 2006-2008. He is conducting a Project Management maturity research in Brazil, Italy, Spain and Portugal together with Russell Archibald. He is author of nine books on project management and is also author of a methodology, a software application, and a maturity model for project management. Darci can be contacted at [email protected].

To see other works by Darcy Prado, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/darci-prado-phd/