Project Management Report from Milan


By Luca Cavone

International Correspondent 

Milan, Italy


In Italy this past month has been very dynamic, rich and full of initiatives in the world of projects.

We will introduce in the first part a quick report from the 27th IPMA World Congress held in Dubrovnik, and then move into the initiatives and upcoming events of the association on national base.

It’s still relevant in Italian news the rescue of Costa Concordia, which took place in September. Meanwhile, the works proceed in view of Expo 2015, and more generally on the urban transformation of the city, that will give to Milan a new and more modern face.


From 30 September to 3 October 2013, was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the 27th IPMA World Congress, which was attended by a lot of experts and professionals of the industry, from all over the world. They have been around 700 overall participants, representing more than sixty countries.

The leitmotif of the conference was led by Peter Taylor, well known in the field of project management, where he is mainly engaged in consultancy activities in UK and equally renowned as a speaker and writer, especially of his best seller The Lazy Project Manager.

As becomes tradition every year, the IPMA World Congress hosted in the opening session excellent keynote speakers.

The Congress had overall eight parallel sessions. Along these streams many case studies belonging to professional or academic field have been presented. The participants had then the opportunity to get the newest outcomes and findings from the global project management community. During the congress there were also many possibilities for networking and get in contact with all the experts around there. The Social events have encouraged this, every evening there was a specific event as entertainment.

A highlight was the IPMA Gala Dinner, traditionally recognized to be the night of the Awards, when IPMA recognizes through the Excellence Award and other categories the most successful projects and project managers in the world.

The appointment is now for next year, when IPMA World Congress will be held in Rotterdam (http://www.ipma2014.com/) at beginning of October 2014

Global Young Crew

Just the weekend before IPMA World Congress, the Global Young Crew Workshop, the most important international event within IPMA Young Crew scene took place. The workshop for young professionals and students belonging to IPMA, has always been an important crossroads for the association. The workshop in Dubrovnik was plenty of new ideas captured along those days. The program was full of very interesting interventions and really energizing, especially many will remember for long the sailing trip. 


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About the Author

flag-italyluca-cavoneLuca 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].