RedVector RV-10434

The Ultimate Project Manager, Chapter 10: The Project Startup

The Ultimate Project Manager, Chapter 10: The Project Startup

1 hr. Online Course

Level: Intermediate

Item#: RV-10434

SME: Michael D'Alessandro

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A successful project is the result of many factors, but a well-organized project manager is one of them. The purpose of this course is to teach you the project management skills that are essential to starting a project off on a positive note. In this course you will learn how to start project meetings with your co-workers and the client and how to record and manage documents and files for others to use in your project manager’s notebook.
Course Objectives
​By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Describe why a project manager should be briefed at the beginning of a project, and list the four goals of the briefing. 
  • Discriminate between the components of an internal project kickoff meeting and external project kickoff meeting.
  • Identify the importance of a well-organized "paper" system and describe the different processes that must be maintained in  
  • the system.  
  • Explain what a drawing list and standard report outline are and how they should be used and maintained. 
  • Identify the contents of project manager’s notebook.
  • Explain the importance of a Fast Start Plan and list the steps to create a plan.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Michael D'Alessandro
Michael D'Alessandro Photo
Mr. D'Alessandro has been involved with the A/E Design and Construction Industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PSMJ Resources, Inc., he was with Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group as a Principal Project Manager. His responsibilities included project management, proposal preparation, department management, and human resources management.

His extensive project management experience includes engineering, procurement, ranging in capital value from $1 million to $55 million. He has also been responsible for management of fast-track multi-discipline projects involving equity placement for both domestic and international facilities.

During his tenure as a Project/Client Manager, he successfully completed capital projects in 18 different countries. He has worked with some of the largest global companies by consistently demonstrating the ability to accomplish project budget and schedule objectives with a high degree of client satisfaction.

As a consultant, he has provided project management training since 1990 and has been involved in strategic planning for design/build initiatives and work process improvements for small project environments. He has also served as a Quality Council member, leading efforts to measure client satisfaction and improve design productivity.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering. He is also certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Michael is also a registered professional engineer in a number of states and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
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AK - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
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FL - Interior Designer (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
GA - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
GA - Contractor, Residential and General (General)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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IN - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
KS - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
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Accreditation: RedVector is the approved provider of this course offering. RedVector has changed its name and is now operating as Vector Solutions.
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SD - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
SD - Engineer (General - ,)
SD - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
TN - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
TN - Engineer (Health, Safety & Welfare - ,)
TN - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
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UT - Engineer (General - ,)
VA - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
VA - Engineer (General - ,)
VA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
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WA - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
WA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Professional Organizations
American Academy of Environmental Engineers - AAEES - Member (General - ,)
American Hospital Association - AHA - Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) (General)
American Hospital Association - AHA - Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) (General)
American Institute of Architects - AIA - Architects (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
American Institute of Constructors - AIC - Professional Constructor (General)
American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES) - ASLA - Member (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
American Society of Professional Estimators - ASPE - Certified Professional Estimator (CPE)/Associate Estimator Professional (AEP) (General)
BOMI International - RPA, FMA and/or SMA (General)
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Canada - British Columbia Architect (AIBC) (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Canada - Manitoba Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Canada - New Brunswick Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1264-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - New Brunswick Engineer (General - ,)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Construction Management Association of America - CCM - Certified Construction Manager (General)
Design-Build Institute of America - DBIA - Design-Build Professional (General)
Federal Building Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) (General)
International Facility Management Association - IFMA - Certified Facility Manager (CFM) (General)
International Society of Automation - ISA - Certifications (General)
National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies - NICET (General - ,)
Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists - OACETT - Certified Member (Management/Leadership Training)
Project Management Institute (PMI) - Project Management Professional (CAPM, ACP, RMP, SP) (Technical - RV-10434)
Accreditation: R.E.P. Provider 1510
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Course Reviews (12)
This helps to understand about the project start up
By on Mar, 05, 2021
This helps to understand about the project start up
Good one
By on Jan, 29, 2021
Good one
It may be worth looking into splitting this into a few different sessions, this is a lot of information for a single session
By on Feb, 17, 2021
It may be worth looking into splitting this into a few different sessions, this is a lot of information for a single session
Very good
By (Engineer) on May, 25, 2021
Very good. modern files are mainly electronic
Project startups are very meticulous
By on Jul, 22, 2021
Project startups are very meticulous. this chapter explained the dos and donts of what is needed prior to starting a project. Documentation is key here and this chapter reinforced that.
Slow down the narrative while listing different items to allow for note taking
By (Engineer) on Aug, 25, 2021
Slow down the narrative while listing different items to allow for note taking
This was a good course and had a lot of good info
By on Aug, 25, 2021
This was a good course and had a lot of good info
Start up to the project seems pretty normal
By on Dec, 10, 2020
Start up to the project seems pretty normal.
fine
By (Professional Organization) on Dec, 21, 2020
fine
outdated information about filing physical documents
By (Engineer) on Apr, 09, 2021
outdated information about filing physical documents
very basic for beginner engineers starting to work
By on Jul, 23, 2021
very basic for beginner engineers starting to work
Good learning
By (Professional Organization) on Oct, 04, 2021
Good learning