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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AL - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
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DC - Engineer (General - CE21800018)
DE - Engineer (Business Practice (maximum of 9 hours) - ,)
FL - Contractor, Certified (General - 0610729)
Accreditation: FL DBPR Approved Provider 0001771
FL - Contractor, Pinellas County (General - 0610729)
Accreditation: FL DBPR Approved Provider 0001771
FL - Contractor, Registered (General - 0610729)
Accreditation: FL DBPR Approved Provider 0001771
GA - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
GA - Contractor, Residential and General (General)
GA - Engineer (General - ,)
GA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
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ID - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
ID - Engineer (General - ,)
IL - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
IL - Engineer, Professional (General - ,)
IL - Engineer, Structural (General - ,)
IL - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
IN - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
IN - Engineer (General - Board Approved - CE21800018)
IN - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
KS - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
KS - Engineer (Health, Safety & Welfare - ,)
KS - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
KY - Engineer (General - ,)
LA - Engineer (General - ,)
LA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
MD - Engineer (General - ,)
MD - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
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MI - Engineer (General - ,)
MN - Engineer (General - ,)
MO - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
MO - Engineer (General - ,)
MO - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
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ND - Engineer (General, Health, Safety & Welfare)
NE - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
NH - Engineer (General - ,)
NJ - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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NM - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
NV - Engineer (General - ,)
NY - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
NY - Engineer (General - NYS Sponsor #133)
Accreditation: RedVector is the approved provider of this course offering. RedVector has changed its name and is now operating as Vector Solutions.
NY - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
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OH - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
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OR - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
PA - Code Official,Certified (UCC) (General)
PA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
PR - Engineer (General - ,)
SC - Engineer (General - ,)
SD - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
SD - Engineer (General - ,)
SD - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
TN - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
TN - Engineer (Health, Safety & Welfare - ,)
TN - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
TX - Engineer (General - ,)
UT - Engineer (General - ,)
VA - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
VA - Engineer (General - ,)
VA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
VT - Engineer (General - ,)
WA - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
WA - Landscape Architect (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
WI - Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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WV - Engineer (General - ,)
WV - Landscape Architect (General (max 6 hrs online) - Approved LA CES-2024)
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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 - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES) - ASLA - Member (General - Approved LA CES-2024)
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 - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Alberta Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - British Columbia Architect (AIBC) (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - British Columbia Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Manitoba Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Manitoba Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - New Brunswick Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - New Brunswick Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Northwest Territories and Nunavut Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Northwest Territory Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Nova Scotia Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Ontario Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Ontario Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Quebec Architect (General - RV1255-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Quebec Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Saskatchewan Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Yukon Engineer (General - ,)
Construction Management Association of America - CMAA - Certified Construction Manager (CCM) (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 (PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PBA) (Strategic and Business Management - RV-10425)
Accreditation: R.E.P. Provider 1510
Course Reviews (29)
great course
By on Aug, 01, 2021
great course
Good course, very informative
By (Engineer) on Jun, 02, 2021
Good course, very informative.
Include a lot of interesting and useful information
By on Oct, 26, 2021
Include a lot of interesting and useful information
I found the course to be very repetitive, but I enjoyed it and learned from it
By on Jun, 24, 2021
I found the course to be very repetitive, but I enjoyed it and learned from it.
This was a great compressive course in which it can be applicable to many industries in very helpful ways
By (Engineer, Professional Organization) on Jul, 20, 2021
This was a great compressive course in which it can be applicable to many industries in very helpful ways.
Great!
By (Engineer) on Jul, 23, 2021
Great!
Great Summary of what PM entails, and responsibilities of PM
By on Aug, 08, 2021
Great Summary of what PM entails, and responsibilities of PM.
Excellent
By (Engineer) on Aug, 02, 2021
Excellent. Basics explained well
Great - easy to listen and understand
By on Oct, 30, 2021
Great - easy to listen and understand
Some project managers do not work for design firms, they might work for a corporation where profit from project management is not a focus
By on Oct, 22, 2021
Some project managers do not work for design firms, they might work for a corporation where profit from project management is not a focus. The course, should be adaptable to other PM requirements and not structured so much to design firms.
Excellent summary for what to expect from the PM profession
By on Oct, 14, 2021
Excellent summary for what to expect from the PM profession.
Had to pause often to take notes
By on Oct, 11, 2021
Had to pause often to take notes
A good start to the program
By (Engineer) on Aug, 12, 2021
A good start to the program.
Good Overview
By on Aug, 12, 2021
Good Overview
Good class with good information
By (Engineer) on Aug, 06, 2021
Good class with good information
Use larger fonts for questions More Interactive modules on key ideas
By (Engineer) on Nov, 18, 2021
Use larger fonts for questions More Interactive modules on key ideas
The course was very thorough and covered many topics I wouldn't have thought of on my own
By on Jul, 27, 2021
The course was very thorough and covered many topics I wouldn't have thought of on my own.
Great representation and information of a PM role
By on Jul, 13, 2021
Great representation and information of a PM role.
up to date and instructional for future PM role
By on Jul, 12, 2021
up to date and instructional for future PM role
I found the course very interesting and informative
By on Jul, 12, 2021
I found the course very interesting and informative
it is too long
By on Jun, 27, 2021
it is too long
This course is a great overview of a design project manager
By (Engineer) on Jun, 15, 2021
This course is a great overview of a design project manager.
It's a lot of information packed into one course
By (Engineer) on Nov, 16, 2021
It's a lot of information packed into one course.
Interesting
By on Jul, 26, 2021
Interesting
The first half of this course is outdated
By on Aug, 31, 2021
The first half of this course is outdated.
Information provided and interactive nature were very good
By (Engineer) on Jun, 28, 2021
Information provided and interactive nature were very good. Robotic voice made the content difficult to follow.
Not enough interaction
By (Professional Organization) on Jun, 11, 2021
Not enough interaction
Some specific traits, such as work booked and profit on that, seemed more specific than necessary and could change from one employer to another
By (Landscape Architect) on Nov, 16, 2021
Some specific traits, such as work booked and profit on that, seemed more specific than necessary and could change from one employer to another. Some of the traits seem aspirational and may be more than what a smaller employer would expect.
Not visually pleasing; easily become distracted
By on Jun, 01, 2021
Not visually pleasing; easily become distracted