July 2023 PM Update from Rome



By Alessandro Quagliarini

International Correspondent

Rome, Italy

Italian PM in Wonderland:

Risk Management into folk wisdom (a “philosorisk” interview)


For our second appointment of 2023 from Italy, following the interview I made last year concerning Risk Management I will present a new one softener dissertation in which we consider how Risk Management is “embedded” in our life since the most famous popular saying has been made and spread around the world.

Exploiting for the second time the collaboration of one of the most representative Risk Management Leaders in Leonardo SPA, a company which operates in several market areas in different countries, we will attempt to explore the meaning and backwards thinking of the natural folk saying that have an impact to our actions within the organization we work in.

About Leonardo Fiocchetti

The career Leonardo Fiocchetti has lived up to now is a training path towards his current role. It is not only the outcome of a course of study, but it has been shaped through the acquisition of skills and responsibilities that have evolved in parallel with the technological and organizational progresses of the companies (Datamat[1], Finmeccanica[2] and Leonardo) in which he worked. “By becoming Chief Technology Officer (CTO) I went from a project leading role to a more strategic-oriented one. The next step as Risk Manager synthesized the set of my experiences over the years, representing the outcome of a path partly personal and partly determined by business changes”.

Graduated in Electronic Engineering with IT in Rome in 1991, Fiocchetti began his career as analyst programmer in Datamat, a dynamic enterprise that led him in a few years to take on the role of project manager in the Defense and Space sector. His expertise was consolidated with the participation in 1997 to an Anglo – French – Italian defense project, and the collaboration in France from 1998 to 2001 with Eads LV for the implementation of the ATV spacecraft software control system (Automated Transfer Vehicle), a cargo module intended for transporting utilized by the International Space Station. Back in Italy, he was charged Leader for the software development of the ATV program, and then head of the Modelling, Simulation & Space On Board line, and participated also in following military projects.

In 2005, with the acquisition of Datamat by Finmeccanica, a series of internal transformations conducted Fiocchetti to the role of head of Simulation programs for the Integrated Systems division of Selex, a Finmeccanica’s subsidiary. Here he dealt with cyber security projects and in 2013 he assumed the role of CTO in the Cyber Security lab.


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Quagliarini, A. (2023). Italian PM in Wonderland: Risk Management into folk wisdom (a “philosorisk” interview); Project Management Update from Italy, report, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue VII, July. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/pmwj131-Jul2023-Quagliarini-Risk-Management-in-Popular-Wisdom-Italy-report.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

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[1] https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datamat
[2] https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_(azienda)