December 2021 PM Update from Italy


Full coverage of PM Expo (R) 2021,

News from PMI Northern Italy Chapter

and a Historical Agreement for the Enlightenment

of Project Management Culture in Italy



By Allesandro Quagliarini

International Correspondent

Rome, Italy

Back to the Project Management Major Events in Italy… & more


This third Regional Report focuses on PM Expo® 2021, the major Event in Italy dedicated to Project Management, which has been organized, in Rome, by the major Italian Association of Project Management, the “Istituto Italiano di Project Management” (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short); an important (let’s say: historical) news from ISIPM and PMWJ collaboration and other events from PMI Chapters. What is relevant for these events it is the capability to attend it in presence respecting the anti-Covid-19 protocol to guarantee safeness and healthiness. All this, together with the “digital twin” of the meeting that now is a common practice, has been a boost for the re-starting of the activities for all Project Management Associations.

The Project Management Expo 2021[1] (PM Expo® 2021)

About 1200 people (400 in presence and 800 in streaming), followed the event to open a discussion on the topics that have characterized this last two years in Italy in order to face the management of the PNRR[2]:

  • the importance of Project Management and the integration with the European planning skills
  • the growth of individual and organizational skills in the project management
  • the recent regulatory evolution with the new UNI ISO 21502 standard
  • the Agile approach as opposed to Waterfall
  • Project Management and Innovation Management
  • health service improvement projects.

The organizational team of ISIPM has been inspired around five words:

    • Ripartenza (Reboot)
    • Competenza (Expertise & Know How)
    • Innovazione (Innovation)
    • Gestione Progetti (Project Management)
    • Buone Pratiche (Best Practises)

The event introduction: ISIPM Vice President (Graziano Trasarti) & the PM Expo® 2021 Project Manager (Claudia Spagnuolo) shows ISIPM performances during pandemic

The first speech: Franco Stolfi (ISIPM Board Member) and Enrico Mastrofini (ISIPM President) talks about the Project Management tools that are indispensable for the management of PNRR and not only

The importance of PM discipline integration with the European planning skills

The funds foreseen with the Next Generation EU go alongside the ordinary programming cycle of European funds 2021-2027, with a very large overall amount. This involves an important challenge, particularly for Italy, for the management of resources in terms of Portfolios, Programs and Projects financed by European funds, which will undoubtedly require complex and integrated skills. In this perspective, during the second speech it has been talked about how ISIPM propose the eU-maps[3] model, composed by 4 knowledge areas necessary for the management of European funds in the various steps, which constitute:


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How to cite this work: Quagliarini, A. (2021). Project Management Update from Italy, report, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue XII, December. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/pmwj112-Dec2021-Quagliarini-project-management-update-from-Italy-report-English.pdf

About the Author

Alessandro Quagliarini

Rome, Italy


Alessandro Quagliarini, MScEng, PMP, MBA, is an experienced Program Manager, with more than 18 years of experience in the ICT sector. He holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and a Doctor’s degree in Business Administration from the Bologna University Business School. He got both PMP® and ISIPM-Av® advanced certifications in Project Management, and he is also certified as an Information Management Systems Lead Auditor. He is a Member of the Board of the “Italian Institute of Project Management” (ISIPM) for ten years, and he is an Accredited Teacher in Project Management.

Alessandro is currently engaged in the “Digital Transformation” engineering and industrialization programs of the new Italian “Open Fiber” telecommunications network, with particular focus on the engineering of delivery and assurance processes for the provision of retail, business and industries customers, on the operational management and procurement support for the definition of specifications and contracts, on the definition of operating rules/ instructions for maintenance and of requirements for systems development, on the support to the commercial and regulatory lines for the definition of services and processes for customers (Other Licensed Operators and Industries), and on the definition and management of operations compliance with ISO Standards and International Best Practices.

As a Member of the ISIPM Board, he focuses his volunteer activities mainly on the cultural diffusion of the project management to young people – specifically to high school students and also staff, including teachers. As an ISIPM accredited teacher, he has taught project management in public and private institutions, in schools and in universities. He has experience in the organization of events and as a speaker in conferences, and also in proposing and managing EU-funded projects.

Alessandro can be contacted at a.quagliarini@gmail.com

[1] https://www.pmexpo.it
[2] https://pmworldlibrary.net/article/the-national-plan-of-recovery-and-resilience-and-project-management-in-italy-during-the-pandemic/
[3] https://www.isipm.org/progetti/eu-maps