Project Management Advanced

Currently, discontinuity, innovation and change are daily challenges for companies of all sizes, in every sector, whether it’s manufacturing or services.

In order to meet these challenges, companies start projects and programs (meant as group of interrelated projects) in several areas: development of new products/services/processes, digitization, organizational change and much more.All of this occurs in a framework of high technological, organizational and competitive uncertainty, where projects and programs are conducted in parallel and share (and compete for) finite and often insufficient resources.The result is a context of high strategic and managerial complexity, one in which effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out projects seem to clash, the organizational conflict is latent, the ability to meet the expectations of customers – internal and external – is uncertain, and the risk level (economic, technical and relational) is high.

Project Management Advanced  provides the tools to understand and manage this complexity at best. Attending the program will allow participants to acquire the knowledge and methods necessary for a wide-ranging management of the project activities, of programs and their most relevant critical points.

The program consists of  4  days devoted to: Agile management, Risk Management,  Customer management, Multi-project and Program Management.

The course is intended for those who already have the essential skills of project management and those who have experience of project environments,  people who are interested in honing and delving deeper into these topics, to be able to transfer new tools and methods to their professional contexts.

To acquire the initial know-how of Project Management, please visit the page of the  Project Management course.If you’d like to acquire the suitable know-how and the tools to manage projects and carry them out at best, contact the course director to consider your participation. 

Bologna Business School is Registered Education Provider® at the Project Management Institute (PMI)® (PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Alessandro Grandi

Alessandro Grandi

Director of Studies

Alessandro Grandi

Luca Costa

Director of Studies

" A program for managers and professionals that offers advanced tools and offers best practices for the success of complex projects and programs. "


The course lasts  4  days, over the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays, full time – hr. 9.15am/5.45pm).

The teaching modules are structured as follows:

  • Methods and tools for Agile management
  • Risk Management
  • Management of customer and of stakeholders
  • Multi-project and Program Management

The dates of the lessons are:

  • 29-30 November 2019
  • 13-14 December 2019


Stakeholders are people or organizations that have interests, of any nature, in the project or its result; communication is a fundamental aspect for the success of the project. The aim of this module is analyzing in depth how to identify and manage the stakeholders and learn methods for the correct setting up and management of the project communication.

  • Managing Stakeholders: Identification and Evaluation
  • Managing Stakeholders: Planning the Involvement
  • Managing Stakeholders: Managing the Involvement
  • Managing Stakeholders: Carrying out the Communication Plan
  • Managing Stakeholders: Tools and processes
  • Managing Stakeholders: identifying the interpersonal communication nodes

The Agile methods were developed starting from the ‘80s to manage complex projects, in particular, but not just, for the software development industry. The target of this module is to introduce the most relevant Agile methods, their features, the advantages and disadvantages they entail and the tools to implement them.

  • Principles of Agile Methods
  • Most relevant Methods (Agile Unified Process, Lean software development, Scrum, Extreme programming (XP), Adaptive Software Development, IBM/Crystal, Feature Driven Development /UML)
  • Support Tools and Framework
  • Other Applications (Development of non-Software products)
  • Cost of Agility

Programs are groups of activities and projects planned and coordinated to achieve benefits. Portfolios are all the activities identified by the company in order to achieve their strategic goals. The aim of this module is acquiring a complete understanding of the program management, the associated benefits, the main features such as the stakeholder’s impact on their execution and the governance models; acquiring a complete understanding of the inclusion of projects and programs in the corporate strategy; acquiring methods and tools for the correct carrying out of programs and portfolios.

  • Multi-project Management: issues, methods and techniques for the balanced management of resources and priorities on complex projects that include a large number of activities
  • Definition and examples of Program and Portfolio
  • The life-cycle of a Program
  • Identification and Management of the Program Benefits
  • Identification of the Program Components
  • Program Roadmap and Planning
  • Methods and Processes for the Program Governance
  • Managing Stakeholders (Reference to previous module)
  • Aligning the Program to the Company Strategy
  • Change Programs and Management
  • Setting up of the Portfolio and Company Strategy
  • Managing and Balancing the Portfolio
  • Support IT methods and Tools

Targets: projects are subject to risk – uncertain events - that, should they occur, may affect the carrying out or the result of the project itself, promoting or hindering it. The aim of this module is learning about the main concepts on risk and assessing the impact it has on the project activities, acquiring methods and tools for the management and training to use it as a support for the necessary decisions during the project life-cycle.

  • Qualitative management
  • Risk Identification
  • SWOT and other identification tools
  • Risk Register and its organization
  • Qualitative management: Opportunity/Impact Matrix
  • Qualitative management: identifying priorities
  • Risk and decision-making process
  • Exercises
  • Elements of Quantitative Analysis (Monte Carlo method, and choice of distributions, interpretation of results)

Learning method

Our courses are characterized by a faculty that brings together very different skills and experiences from the world of business, academia and consulting.


Networking takes place between students in the same class, between participants and teachers, as well as with witnesses who can share their experience and their application part.


Over the years, our partners have been constantly involved in the various activities that make up the structure of our programs. Companies belonging to our network participate in project work and master classes; they actively contribute to introducing guest speakers and organizing company visits. Our partners are our first supporters: they sponsor various scholarships, host internships for students and provide professional opportunities for graduates.


The partner companies of Bologna Business School are:

Aeroporto G. Marconi Assicoop Bologna Metropolitana Automobili Lamborghini Bologna Fiere Brevini Power Transmission Camera di Commercio di Bologna Camera di Commercio di Ferrara Camera di Commercio di Forlì-Cesena Camera di Commercio di Modena Camera di Commercio di Rimini Camst Carpigiani Group Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna Confcommercio Emilia Romagna Confindustria Emilia Romagna Coswell Datalogic Ducati Motor Holding Enel Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Expert System Falorni Fastweb Ferrarelle Ferrari Ferretti Group Finalma Fondazione Carisbo Fondazione Cassa Risparmio Cesena Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Cento Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Imola Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Fondazione G. Marconi Fondazione IBM Italia Fondazione Isabella Seràgnoli Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna Fondazione per la Collaborazione tra i Popoli Food Trend Foundation Furla Google Italia Granarolo GroupM Gruppo Coesia Gruppo Sistema H-ART HSPI Haworth Hera Horsa IBM Italia IMA Iconsulting Intesa San Paolo KPMG Advisory Laboratori Guglielmo Marconi Landi Renzo Legacoop Bologna Lighthouse Manutencoop Mape Maps Masai Italia Maserati Microsoft Italia Montenegro N.C.H. Nuovi Cantieri Apuania Olidata Onit Group Opera Santa Maria del Fiore Philip Morris Italia Poltronesofà Regione Emilia-Romagna Ricoh S.E.C.I. Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri SAP SCS Consulting STMicroelectronics Schneider Electric Seps Technogym Teuco The Boston Consulting Group Toyota Material Handling Italia Trevi Group Umberto Cesari UniCredit Unieuro Unindustria Bologna Unipol Vem Sistemi Veronesi Viabizzuno Videoworks Volvo Car Italia WPP Italia Yoox Net-A-Porter Group


The registration fee for the entire program is 2.300 euro + VAT to be paid by the start date of the course.


For the enrolment to the basic Project Management and Advanced Project Management, there are special fees.

The fee includes attendance at the program, all study material available through the online platform and access to Bologna Business School services, which include: Alma personal wi-fi account, use of Computer Lab PCs, use of study areas and access to the internal gym.
A large free car park is available in the school park.

Discounts are available:

  • for Business Network companies;
  • for BBS Alumni;
  • for groups of at least 3 people.



Alumni and companies can check the availability of vouchers at the Interprofessional Fund of reference:

Fondimpresa - for middle managers/ middle management
Fondo Dirigenti PMI - for managers of Industrial SMEs
Fondirigenti - for managers
Fon.Coop - for cooperative companies







The course is reserved for a maximum of 20 participants with at least 1 year of work experience.

The useful knowledge to deal with the topics of the course with a greater understanding are:

  • Project Requirements and Scope Management
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Planning and Control Methods (Pert/CPM)
  • Project Time and Cost Management
  • Project closure and Lessons Learned

The course can be supplemented by complementary Open Programs in Project Management (4 days) and in Technology & Innovation Management (8 days).


At the end of the course, a participation certificate is issued (upon reaching 80% of classroom hours).
The documents used in the classroom and any further reading or exercises will be uploaded to our platform, whose credentials will be delivered in the classroom.
Should a group of colleagues wish to participate in the program, it is possible to contact the Program Manager to evaluate an ad hoc participation price.
Our short courses do not require a specific course of study. It is important to have a few years of work experience behind you that can help you, inside the classroom, by bringing real cases dealt with and solutions adopted during your work.


Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.


Valentina Lodi
Valentina LodiTraining Manager

Phone: +39 051 2090143


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