Message to students interested in the course for A.Y. 2019/20.

Dear student, the course will be held in the second semester, starting in the last week of February. The time schedule is as follows:

Friday afternoons, 3-6 pm, since Feb. 21, till June 5.

Room: 0.6 (ground floor), at the School of Engineering, Viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna.

You may find below the entire set of information and tools provided to the students during the previous A.Y., for your reference and interest. If you need to know more, please contact me, but I expect you will find below all relevant information.

The examination format will be slightly changed, as declared in the official UniBo webpage of the course. We will add a questionnaire to check on student’s acquisition of the theory behind the many considerations we will make together during the lectures. For students attending the course regularly and seriously, it will be like drinking water from a glass. The exam remains a pass/fail, like in previous years. From the viewpoint of contents, it will be similar to what described below.

Please note that the course, based on UniBO rules, accepts a maximum number of students. Also, it requires mandatory attendance.

As of today, Dec 12, it is already sold-out. Not unexpected: in 2019, the students who expressed a positive assessment through the anonymous questionnaire were 100%.

If you are interested in joining, the only thing you can do is to wait for some withdrawal; in case of need from this viepoint, please contact the secretariat or the coordinator of your degree, to get information on when/how to enroll through the UniBo channels. I have no direct access to the list of students registered to the exam.

A.Y. 2018/19.


Classes will be held on Fridays, from 3 to 6 pm, starting on February 22, 2019, till June 7, 2019, at the School of Engineering: Viale Risorgimento 2. Room 0.6 (ground floor, historical building).

Normally, classes start at 3.15.

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.

Attendance Feb 22

Attendance Mar 1

Attendance Mar 8

Attendance Mar 22

Attendance Mar 29

Attendance Apr 5

Attendance Apr 12

Attendance May 3

Attendance May 10

Attendance May 17

Attendance May 24

Attendance May 31


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 2019: PMSS19 CV Contest Candidates


Best CV – Sara Cavallero

Best Cover Letter – Gian Marco Selleri

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] 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 has been accepted during the course: PMSS19_students_REPORTS_reviewed_v2

List of students whose SWOT has been accepted during the course: PMSS19_students_SWOTS_reviewed_v2

Exam dates and deadlines.

JUNE 6, 1 pm, instructor’s office, and June 7, 3 pm, room 0.6  – Deadline for submitting material: May 31, 6 pm – expired

JUNE 17, 9.30 am, instructor’s office – Deadline for submitting material: June 10, 6 pm

JULY 1, 10 am, instructor’s office – Deadline for submitting material: June 24, 6 pm

JULY 15, 10 am, instructor’s office – Deadline for submitting material: July 8, 6 pm

SEPTEMBER 20, 2 pm, instructor’s office – Deadline for submitting material: Sept 13, 6 pm

JANUARY 13 (MOVED TO JANUARY 14), 2 pm, instructor’s office – Deadline for submitting material: Jan 8, 6 pm

FEBRUARY 10, 2 pm, instructor’s office – Deadline for submitting material: Feb 3, 6 pm


Registration Form for Sept 20

What the students think of this course.

If you plan to attend the course in 2019, 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.

If you are attending the course in 2019, please find here my replies to your feedback provided during the course: Feedback_May14

Material for classes and exam in 2019.

PMSS19_Intro (Slides)

PMSS19 – SWOT   (Template)

PMSS19 – One Page Report Template (Template)

PMSS19_communication_skills (Slides)

Associate Project Manager_Job Description (CV Contest)

PMSS19_how_to_conduct_a_presentation (Slides)

PMSS19_how_to_make_a_slide_set (Slides)

IDESIO_PITCH_180sec_2017 (Slides)

PMSS19_Project Management 1 (Slides)

PMSS19_RedCrossProject_WBS (Files)

PMSS19_RedCrossProject_Costs (Files)

PMSS19_Project Management 2 (Slides)

PMSS19_Project Management 3 (Slides)

PMSS19 – Project Proposal Template (Template)

PMSS19_RedCrossProject (Files)

PMSS19_Employability_4.0 (Slides)

PMSS19_IoT (Slides)

PMSS19_Enneagram (Slides)

PMSS19_DIDA (Slides)

PMSS19_Aptitudes (Slides)

PMSS19_Leadership (Slides)

PMSS19_GameOver (Slides)

PMSS19_Slideset_for_presentation_of_attitudinal_profile_EXAMPLE (Template)

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.

Forms and Files.

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

PMSS19_students_attending (File)

Attendance 2019 (Form)

Record your password (Form)

Test#1 (Form)

Test#2 (Form)

Test#3 (Form)

Test#4 (Form)

Test#5 (Form)

Test#6 (Form)

Questionnaire reg. Atti2de profile (Form)



Giorgia Bertozzi, PwC, London, UK. April 12, 2019. Room 0.5, 3 pm.

“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 here.

Ludovico Monni, Global BU Project Manager, & Matteo Baldazzi, BU Project Manager, Bonfiglioli SpA, Bologna. May 3, 2019. Room 0.5, 3 pm.

“A Project Management Journey – from strategic to operative decision”


In a complex and fast changing business environment PMO function is becoming crucial for aligning Company strategic objectives with emerging business opportunities. In this speech we will discuss how the PM function, and the project management role, evolved in Bonfiglioli with particular focus on New Product Development Projects. Real case will be also deeply analyzed in order to give a snapshot of the PM daily activities and major problem the function need to face with.

Slides here.

Marco Rigamonti, Consultant/Project manager, Comau Academy, Milano. May 10, 2019. Room 0.5, 3 pm.

“Distributed Leadership – the skills for managing projects and people”


The importance of a distributed leadership in a multinational company to manage project in an effective way. Comau’s approach: a demanding mindset for all the employee to be successful in daily task

Slides here.