October 2021 PM Update from Rome


The Project Management Community in Italy:

Updates from PMI Northern Italy,

PMI Central Italy, PMI Southern Italy,

IPMA Italy and the

Italian Institute of Project Management – ISIPM


By Allesandro Quagliarini

International Correspondent

Rome, Italy

The Associations of Project Management Community in Italy


After my first report on the Italian condition of the Project Management sector and the dissemination of discipline during the pandemic situation, I feel the necessity to make a starting point concerning the storytelling of Italian Community of Project Management from a fellow point of view like me that is grown in Project Management profession working in my companies of course and at the same time observing and practicing as volunteer in one of the several Project Management cultural associations operating in Italy. Considering the actual 9819[1] PMI credentials holder and the 15080[2] ISIPM certified, without considering IPMA & PRINCE2 certifications, at the moment the community it is estimated in more than 25.000 people interested in. This report will try to set up a “baseline” for those who doesn’t know how many associations or entities there are in Italy that have been playing an important role for the development of the community, what kind of opportunity they give, how they are, or better could be synergic in a Project Management Culture’s Proposal.

The Project Management entities operating in Italy

Italy is a relatively young nation since its unification process which started in 1861 and we can say it is a still ongoing process in many aspects between the twenty regions composing the country, so It’s the same for all the Project Management Associations that operate in each region. Currently, after more than twenty year from the birth of the first Project Management fellowship there are many organizations contenders the leadership of the discipline dissemination. Thus, in a market point of view, has a positive effect of the even better quality of proposal, on the other hand, there is the risk of a community fragmentation. In the following, I will try to briefly resume their history and the principal opportunity they made available for the entire community.


The Project Management Institute: Northern Italy’s Chapter (PMI-NIC)[3]

The oldest one of the three Italy Chapter was founded in 1996 by a group of “pioneers” with the mission of promoting the project management culture in Italy, actually it counts approximately 120 volunteers in various roles who actively contribute to sharing knowledge among peers and help developing the next generation of project managers.

It was grown and developed throughout five different presidents until 2019 with the new one President Giusi Meloni[4] that have revised the Chapter By-Laws and created a new organizational structure.

To better serve and develop and maintain direct contact with members and volunteers, the Chapter during its lifetime has progressively founded seven territorial Branches covering all north of Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino Alto Adige/Sud Tirol, Piedmont/Val D’Aosta, Liguria, Emilia Romagna) now which promote the association with local events and dedicated initiatives. Each Branch reinforces the regional traditions and peculiarities to guarantee a constant and qualified response to the local needs and specific interests.

Every year Branches organize the majority of the Chapter events and propose different formats to engage people and attract new members and volunteers.

In 2008, PMI-NIC founded also other Branches as Tuscany and Umbria that moved into PMI- Central Italy during 2017…


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How to reference this work: Quagliarini, A. (2021). The Associations of Project Management Community in Italy: Project Management Update from Italy, report, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue X, October. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/pmwj110-Oct2021-Quagliarini-project-management-Report-from-Italy-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.pmi.org/certifications/certification-resources/registry
[2] Data is a courtesy of Italian Institute of Project Management
[3] https://www.pmi.org/chapters/northern-italy
[4] https://it.linkedin.com/in/giusi-meloni-pmp-csm-8795908