Project Management Report from Milan


By Luca Cavone

International Correspondent 

Milan, Italy


The year that has just ended was particularly rich in projects and initiatives at different levels.

This period is always the crossroads to look back and retrace what happened in 2013 and at the same time look to the future on the activities that await us in the coming days and months. The objective of this report reflects this.

The main news from the world of associations comes from IPMA, with a specific summary of the activities of the IPMA Italy and the recent initiatives of the Northern Chapter of PMI. Then we will give highlight to some major projects, which have had recent developments, such as the system MOSE for the defense of Venice and its lagoon from high waters and the progress of the new district CityLife in Milan.


Just a few weeks before the end of the year, IPMA announced the first release of the OCB, the new IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline, approved by the International Project Management Association’s Council of Delegates at the recent meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Reinhard Wagner, IPMA Vice President for Standards, Research & Awards, mentioned: “The IPMA OCB provides valuable insights for Executives who design organisations to meet the increasing requirements of project-related work and management. It could act as basis for an assessment with IPMA Delta to analyse the actual situation and to improve the organisational competence of managing projects in a holistic way. All in all, it opens a new dimension for organisations to be more successful in projects.”

This new standard introduces the concept of organisational competence in managing projects. It can help organisations to strengthen their management of projects, programmes and portfolios. IPMA OCB is built on the strong heritage of the International Project Management Association (IPMA®), the global leader in competence certification. (http://ipma.ch/2013/ipma-releases-ocb/).

With regard to the initiatives of Education & Training, IPMA will be very active in the early months of the year.

By middle of February, Zurich will host the IPMA Expert Seminar: Thursday 13th and Friday 14th at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Rämistrasse, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland), international professionals will be able to refresh and develop their competence about PP&P Roles and Responsibilities, Intercultural Project Management, Service Contracts and Managing Projects in the New Societies. (http://ipma.ch/events/2014-expert-seminar/) 


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About the Author

flag-italy130923-cavone-150X184Luca Cavone 

Milan, Italy

Luca Cavone is a Consultant at JMAC Europe, the Consulting firm of the Japan Management Association. He is mainly focused to support companies in Innovation Management and Product Development Projects typical of R&D and Marketing areas, with an interdisciplinary background of the business processes. In JMAC Luca follows also the study and development of project management methodologies based on the application of Lean Thinking approach. Before joining JMAC he worked several years in the Aerospace industry.   Since 2009 Luca has been actively involved with the International Project Management Association (IPMA); at that time he was between the founders of the Young Crew Italy and was appointed as first chairman. In 2011 he left the position to join the Young Crew Management Board, where he’s currently Head of Membership and Responsible for the Young Project Manager of the Year award. Since 2010 Luca is also a member of the Executive Board of IPMA Italy.  Luca is an international correspondent for PM World in Italy; he can be contacted at [email protected].