A.Y. 2020/21.

Dear student, / car* studente/studentessa:

EN – if you are interested to attend PMSS (Project Management and Soft Skills) in A.Y. 2020/21, read carefully the message below (part in English);

IT – se lei è interessat* a seguire IPMSS (Introduzione al Project Management e alle Soft Skill) legga attentamente il messaggio sotto (parte in Italiano).

PMSS – Message of Nov. 10, 2020

The course accepts a limited number of Master students (60) and it is already overbooked. There are many students willing to attend it and they are not accepted. Therefore, we are soliciting students who have included it in their study plan, in case they decide not to attend, to  cancel PMSS from their list of courses, as soon as they can (which depends on the time window opened by their Degree). The day when a position is released, it is available for some other student.  This might in principle happen every single day until start of the course.

The course will start on February 17th, 2021, until the first week of June. If in presence (…) it will be held at the School of Engineering, viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna. Normally, I am assigned three hours every Friday afternoon, but this is still early to confirm.

The course fosters interactivity among students: during the classes, group work is organised, discussions are held, forms and questionnaires are filled, tests are made. Moreover, each lecture ends with some (simple) homework to be made by the following week. For this reason, IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ATTEND IT IF YOU CAN NOT PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY TO THE CLASSES.

It is already set that in any case, even if the course will be in presence, it will also be on Microsoft Teams: in this case all interactive activities will (also) happen on Teams.

If you wish to know more, please check below: after the heading “A.Y. 2019/20” you find all material related to the course held one year before.

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Roberto Verdone

IPMSS – Messaggio del 10 novembre 2020

Dall’A.A. 2020/21, PMSS raddoppia.

IPMSS ha il medesimo contenuto di PMSS ma: 1) è impartito in Italiano, 2) è dedicato a studenti di Laurea triennale e non magistrale, 3) se in presenza, sarà offerto in aule collocate nell’area del centro di Bologna (non ad ingegneria), 4) il docente sarà la D.ssa Alice Baldini, allieva del Prof. Verdone che interverrà in attività seminariali saltuariamente.

Il corso accetta un numero massimo  di studenti triennali (50) ed i posti sono già assegnati a chi si è iscritto per primo.  Stiamo  sollecitando gli studenti che lo hanno inserito nel piano di studi ma hanno poi deciso di non seguirlo, a cancellarlo dal piano. Questo permetterà ad altri studenti di inserirlo. Ciò può avvenire in linea di principio in qualsiasi momento fin all’inizio del corso.

Il corso avrà avvio il 17 febbraio 2021, e terminerà nella prima settimana di giugno. L’orario assegnato non è ancora disponibile. Si terrà nell’area di via Zamboni.

Il metodo didattico prevede lavoro di gruppo, discussioni, questionari impartiti, test completati durante le lezioni. Inoltre, ogni settimana si proporranno obiettivi da perseguire entro la successiva. Dunque NON HA ALCUN SENSO SCEGLIERE L’INSEGNAMENTO SENZA SEGUIRE LE LEZIONI ATTIVAMENTE.

Nel caso  le lezioni fossero in presenza, sarà comunque possibile seguire il corso via Microsoft Teams (benché inevitabilmente con molto disagio per la limitata interattività).

Per maggiori informazioni, ci si può riferire alle attività svolte nell’A.A. precedente nell’ambito di PMSS; esse (ma in inglese, poiché PMSS è impartito in Inglese) sono riportate nel seguito.

In caso di dubbi, non esitate a contattare la docente: a.baldini [at] unibo.it

Alice Baldini, Roberto Verdone

A.Y. 2019/20.

Forms to fill.

To be filled only by students attending classes, upon request by the instructor.

PMSS 2020 (Form).

Test F1 (Form).

Test F2 (Form).

Test S1 (Form).

Test DA (Form).

Test S2 (Form).

Test S3 (Form).

Test L (Form).

Test S4 (Form).

Test A (Form).

Form EP.



Classes will be held on Fridays, from 3 to 6 pm, starting on February 21, 2020, till June 5, 2020, at the School of Engineering: Viale Risorgimento 2. Room 0.6 (ground floor, historical building).

Normally, classes start at 3.15. Don’t be late. I’ll always do my best not to.

Introduction and Motivation.

This course is about transversal (also denoted as soft) skills. It discusses what is talent, and to what extent success in professional life depends on non-technical skills.

According to a 2015 report by Manpower, talent depends on technical skills mainly, in 30-45% of cases. In 55-70% of circumstances, talent and success depend on self-motivation and soft skills.

Technical skills are the stones to build your professionality, but soft skills are the cement.

Soft skills form an essential component of the training program for a student, whether he/she is enrolled in a degree in Engineering, Science, Economy, Law, Language, or whatever else.

Motivated by this, the course in particular addresses the topics of: i) project management, a discipline that helps to apply technical knowledge; ii) inter-personal communication; iii) team working and leadership; iv) self-awareness of own attitudes, v) employability.

The course will also address the issue of the new competences and professionalities required by the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

The course is taught in the framework of the Telecommunications Engineering international degree, but it is open to students of any other degree of Engineering, and from other Schools. Indeed, the topics addressed are only very marginally oriented to the engineering discipline. The creation of interdisciplinary teams of students is incentivised. During the past edition of the course, two thirds of the students attending it were not enrolled in Telecommunications Engineering (see below for some of their comments to the course).


Soft skills can not be taught. They can be discussed, analysed, and students made aware of their own strenghts, and weaknesses, with respect to soft skills: for this reason, attendance is mandatory. The course will be based on lectures given by the instructor, seminars held by professionals, interactive and team working sessions, active learning approaches. So, it makes no sense to choose this course, if you are not going to attend most or all lectures: students will be admitted to the exam if they have attended at least 70% of classes (attendance will be checked during the classes at random times).

The official UniBo page of the course including a syllabus is here.

Attendance list of each class is linked below.

To come.

CV Contest.

A professional and experienced recruiter (Giorgia Bertozzi, PwC, London) will open a (virtual) position as project manager. Students of this course will be allowed to submit their own CV to simulate a true job application. The CVs will be analysed by the recruiter, and winner(s) elected – with consequent simplification of their exam.

Candidates for 2020: To come.


Best CV – Flaminia Saratti

Best Cover Letter – Silvia Calderoni

Self-Assessment of Own Aptitudes.

The course includes the use of a professional tool to assess the profile of students in terms of aptitudes, and the match to job profiles.


The exam will provide a pass/fail outcome (no mark).

Before the date of the oral exam (see below the dates and deadlines) the student will deliver to the instructor:

1) a one page report of a selected lecture chosen by the instructor, following the template provided (“One Page Report Template”);

2) a three page project proposal, following the template provided by the instructor (“Project Proposal Template”); this can be shared by all members of a group, if a team is created;

3) a SWOT analysis related to his/her future career after graduation, following the guidelines provided during the course (“SWOT_Chart”);

4) a powerpoint presentation describing the project proposal, following the guidelines for presentations discussed during the course;

5) additional material resulting from instructions provided during the classes.

Delivery of material for the exam must happen before deadlines (see below) via email to a.baldini [at] unibo.it with subject “PMSS – Exam”, attaching all documents in .pdf form. The body of the email should include name(s) of student(s) submitting the documents and registering to the exam. Students whose report and/or SWOT have already been accepted during the course, do not need to re-submit.

At the oral exam, all material provided is possibly discussed; the presentation is given a maximum time slot of ten minutes and in case of a team of students, they can share it (each one presenting one part of the slide set).

List of students whose report or business letter has been accepted during the course: PMSS20_reports_and_letters

List of students whose SWOT has been accepted during the course: SWOT accepted

Exam dates and deadlines.

Al material must be received  (instructions above) by the previous Friday, 12 am. Students have to register using the form below, by the same deadline.

  • January 12, 9 am
  • February 11, 9 am

Registration Form

What the students think of this course.

If you plan to attend the course in 2020, it might be useful to read what the former students think of it. All feedback received through a google form, collected in July 2018, is available here: PMSS18_feedback. The next edition of the course will be slightly different than 2018, inspired by such feedback.

Material for classes and exam in 2020.

PMSS20_1_Introduction (Slides)

PMSS20_2_ProjectManagement (Slides)

PMSS20_3_CVContest (Slides)

PMSS20_3_ProjectManagement_light (Slides)

PMSS20_4_ProjectManagement_light (Slides)

PMSS20_5_CognitiveProcesses_SoftSkills (Slides)

PMSS20_6_(CognitiveProcesses)_SoftSkills (Slides)

PMSS20_6_Employability_4.0 (Slides)

PMSS20_7_IoT (Slides)

PMSS20_8_Leadership_Aptitudes (Slides)

PMSS20_9_Aptitudes (Slides)

PMSS20_10_Culture_and_Persuasion (Slides)

PMSS20_11_Inter_Personal_Communication_light (Slides)

PMSS20_12_Public_Speaking_and_Closure (Slides)

PMSS20 – Project Proposal Template (Template)

PMSS20_Slides_for_May15 (Slideset)

PMSS20 – One Page Report Template  (Template)

PMSS20 – Letter Example (Template)

To come. (Template)

PMSS20_RedCrossProject (File)

To come. (File)

Associate Project Manager_Job Description (CV Contest)

Junior Executive Assistant_Internship Description (CV Contest)

To come.  (Files)

Audio recording of classes: the audio of classes is recorded; the audio files are made available through a shared dropbox folder. Contact the instructor via email to get access. Files are in audionote format; students can find on the Web free converters to any other audio format.


Giorgia Bertozzi, PwC, London, UK. April 3, 2020. Room 0.5, 3 pm. Canceled

“Introduction to Project & Programme Assurance and Delivery”. 


  • Big4 vs system integrator vs strategy consulting with explanation of expected career path, interview process for graduates and experienced hires.
  • Twelve elements of delivery excellence for projects and programmes together with key PM qualifications.
  • Difference between being a consultant and a project manager; independent assurance over business, IT and regulatory change programmes and projects giving Boards and Audit Committees assurance over their implementation as the programmes progress vs delivery.
  • Real life examples of consulting engagements around project and programme management.

Slides. To come.