RedVector RV-10425

The Ultimate Project Manager, Chapter 01: Today’s Project Manager

The Ultimate Project Manager, Chapter 01: Today’s Project Manager

2 hrs. Online Course

Level: Intermediate

Item#: RV-10425

SME: Michael D'Alessandro

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​Project management in the design industry is changing at a furious pace. Projects are increasing in complexity, and project managers in design firms are confronting an overwhelming volume of project information. Project teams are expanding and becoming more integrated as the walls between design and construction disintegrate. New communication and technology tools are allowing project teams to become more mobile and more global. New software solutions and project delivery methods are transforming the ways that projects are managed, designed, and built. On top of it all, clients are demanding even faster timelines and stricter adherence to budgets. 
 
With design firms and project managers operating on an entirely new playing field from just a few years ago, PSMJ has revised The Ultimate Project Management course series to guide you through the A/E industry’s new project management landscape.
In the first course of this series, we will take an in-depth look at what it means to be a project manager in today’s high-stress, fast paced business climate. We will examine the duties and responsibilities of a typical project manager and review the traits that make them successful. We will explore the resources and elements that should be included in a project management training program.
Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose, history, and new elements of the 2012 Ultimate Project Management course series.
  • Describe the background of the project manager in relation to design firms.
  • Identify the duties, styles, and responsibilities of a typical project manager.
  • Distinguish the differences between the project manager and project administrator’s roles.
  • Describe the roles that are essential for a strong project manager for your team and the client.
  • Identify the qualification that managers and staff expect from a project manager.
  • Identify five important skills needed to be an effective project manager.
  • List the actions and traits of a strong project manager.
  • Identify the factors and mistakes that can hold a project manager back.
  • Describe the elements that should be included in a project management training program.
  • Identify the development resources that are available for project management training.
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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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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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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RI - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1255-2022)
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SC - Engineer (General - ,)
SD - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1255-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
SD - Engineer (General - ,)
SD - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
TN - Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1255-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
TN - Engineer (Health, Safety & Welfare - ,)
TN - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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VA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2022)
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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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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 RV1255-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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)
Canada - Alberta Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1255-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Northwest Territory Architect (General - AIA Reg RV1255-2022)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Nova Scotia Engineer (General - ,)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Construction Management Association of America - CCM - Certified Construction Manager (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) (Strategic and Business Management - RV-10425)
Accreditation: R.E.P. Provider 1510
Project Management Institute (PMI) - Project Management Professional (PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PBA) (Strategic and Business Management - RV-10425)
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Course Reviews (37)
Very helpful, thorough and organized
By on Apr, 16, 2021
Very helpful, thorough and organized. Good presentation and examples provided
I think this is a great course and should be provided to all GSA Leasing Project Managers
By on Feb, 05, 2021
I think this is a great course and should be provided to all GSA Leasing Project Managers. And to others who think that they may want to become a project manager.
Informative
By on Feb, 04, 2021
Informative
Enjoyed the course
By on Jan, 07, 2021
Enjoyed the course. Totally agree with Communication being the most important element.
This course is well laid out from beginning to end in easy to understand bits from the simpler concepts to the more complex in a way which promotes understanding
By on Jul, 17, 2020
This course is well laid out from beginning to end in easy to understand bits from the simpler concepts to the more complex in a way which promotes understanding.
The information was thorough and objective
By (Engineer) on Dec, 29, 2020
The information was thorough and objective. Valid questions were asked of me concerning positive and negative aspects of the profession.
Great course!
By (Engineer) on Mar, 22, 2021
Great course!
it was great to understand the principals of PM, development training and factors that hold the back of PM
By on Sep, 16, 2020
it was great to understand the principals of PM, development training and factors that hold the back of PM
great
By (Engineer) on Dec, 23, 2020
great
There were some great general concepts that were applicable to my day to day job
By on Dec, 21, 2020
There were some great general concepts that were applicable to my day to day job.
Very good and very complete course
By (Engineer) on Mar, 18, 2021
Very good and very complete course
Makes the PM Appear to be a littel of a Superman Might send a message of undervaluing the project Team Metrics for billing and utilization should be discussed
By (Engineer) on Oct, 29, 2020
Makes the PM Appear to be a littel of a Superman Might send a message of undervaluing the project Team Metrics for billing and utilization should be discussed....not many currently meet it. Did a good job to highlighted the extra commitment that is necessary from PMs Lists were a little long and lost interest I dont see a value to the PMP certification in winning more work
Good stuff overall
By on Oct, 23, 2020
Good stuff overall
Good information delivered in easily accessible format
By on Feb, 17, 2021
Good information delivered in easily accessible format
the course is a little outdated, it referenced the manual version of 2012 which is 9 years ago, but I am sure most of the content has not changed
By on Oct, 07, 2020
the course is a little outdated, it referenced the manual version of 2012 which is 9 years ago, but I am sure most of the content has not changed.
I really enjoyed the level of detail on the things that make up a project manager
By on Sep, 02, 2020
I really enjoyed the level of detail on the things that make up a project manager.
Very good presentation with voice intonation and clear voice
By (Engineer, Professional Organization) on May, 21, 2020
Very good presentation with voice intonation and clear voice. Touch up on most points.
Great learning
By (Professional Organization) on Jun, 08, 2020
Great learning
Question 8 at the end of the course text uses the word "reactive" in answer B, whereas the actual test uses the word "proactive"
By (Contractor / Trades, Engineer) on Jul, 23, 2020
Question 8 at the end of the course text uses the word "reactive" in answer B, whereas the actual test uses the word "proactive". The complete opposite meaning should be corrected to be consistent!
A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND
By (Contractor / Trades) on Aug, 23, 2020
A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND
Detailed from the beginning
By (Professional Organization) on Aug, 19, 2020
Detailed from the beginning
Good but difficult to concentrate for this long
By (Engineer) on Sep, 11, 2020
Good but difficult to concentrate for this long
good
By (Engineer) on Aug, 14, 2020
good
Seemed very long
By (Engineer) on Jun, 09, 2020
Seemed very long. Should leave out the program advice and stick to PM training.
talks like a robot
By on Jan, 20, 2021
talks like a robot
N/A
By on Dec, 23, 2020
N/A
There was a lot of repetitive information but the information was clear
By (Architect, Professional Organization) on Aug, 31, 2020
There was a lot of repetitive information but the information was clear
solid content
By (Professional Organization) on Mar, 30, 2021
solid content
I think some of the traits of a PM are out-dated
By on Sep, 01, 2020
I think some of the traits of a PM are out-dated. I don't believe PMs need to be confident in their physical appearance or exercise regularly if that is something that doesn't affect their general happiness. I believe introverts can make great PMs.
The course is quite a bit out of date, evidenced by the title (which is 8 years old)
By (Engineer) on Sep, 02, 2020
The course is quite a bit out of date, evidenced by the title (which is 8 years old).
Course is very bland and struggles to maintain my attention
By on Nov, 09, 2020
Course is very bland and struggles to maintain my attention. This is not due to the content, but rather the presentation of the content.
The course was useful, but the evaluation was poorly written with bad test creation techniques used such as ambiguous questions and select all that apply style of questions
By (Engineer) on Feb, 21, 2021
The course was useful, but the evaluation was poorly written with bad test creation techniques used such as ambiguous questions and select all that apply style of questions.
course was too long due to much repetition
By (Contractor / Trades) on May, 03, 2020
course was too long due to much repetition.
Automated voice drained lesson of all vitality
By (Engineer) on Dec, 19, 2020
Automated voice drained lesson of all vitality
It was too long
By (Engineer) on Nov, 01, 2020
It was too long. I also think this information would be better received if it was taught in person.
It's just Microsoft Speech over stock photos for 2 hours
By (Engineer, Professional Organization) on Feb, 26, 2021
It's just Microsoft Speech over stock photos for 2 hours.
A lot of contradicting information
By (Engineer) on Oct, 30, 2020
A lot of contradicting information. Many "absolute" words were used such as "all", "always", "must".....these don't account for differences in how companies utilize PMs.