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Daryl Deffler

About: Daryl Deffler

Daryl Deffler is currently employed by a large insurance company where he provides project management, project scheduling tool, process, and standards consulting for an enterprise project management office comprised of about 200 project managers. He has over 25 years in the IT project management field with experience managing small projects to large programs. During this time he has also developed and taught classes in both project management and scheduling tools such as Microsoft Project 2013, Primavera and ABT Workbench. He has been employed in the IT industry since 1979 in additional roles, including software development, technical support and management across mainframe, midrange and PC platforms.

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Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 2

Written on November 8, 2017, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Join MPUG author Daryl Deffler as he continues the journey through his latest series of articles on Resource Leveling. Slide Deck: MPUG Project 2013 Resource Leveling Part II Watch Part One Read…

Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 1

Written on October 25, 2017, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Join MPUG author Daryl Deffler as he journeys through his latest series of articles on Resource Leveling. Slide Deck: MPUG Project 2013 Resource Leveling Part I Watch Part Two Read Daryl’s articles…

Resource Leveling: Recommendations

Written on August 14, 2017, by

Welcome to the final article in the “Resource Leveling” series. If you’ve read the prior articles, you may have noticed a lack of recommendations. I did that purposely to keep those articles focused on the “black and white” aspects of tool functionality and so that I could present recommendations all together in one final article,…

Resource Leveling: The Leveling Cycle

Written on August 7, 2017, by

There’s an old joke: How do you eat an elephant? The answer is: one bite at a time. While the joke may be goofy, it illustrates an important concept. A step-by-step ordered approach can be used to address any big problem. Leveling a new schedule for the first time can be just like that. The…

Resource Leveling: It’s Time to Level Your Schedule

Written on July 31, 2017, by

You’ve hit that magical point. Your knees are weak, you’re nervous and your palms are sweating. Yes, it’s time to level your schedule. But there’s different leveling buttons and beyond that there are also leveling controls. Which options should be set? Which leveling button should be used? The answers to those questions depend upon what…

Resource Leveling: Preparing to Level

Written on July 24, 2017, by

Welcome back to our series on Resource Leveling! Thus far, we’ve been focused on the technical aspects of leveling, concentrated on establishing a core understanding of the leveling hierarchy, the leveling options and leveling limitations. With this foundation in place, the series will now change gears and cover the leveling process. Preparing to Level How…

Resource Leveling: Limitations

Written on July 17, 2017, by

In prior articles I’ve reviewed how leveling determines which task to delay and the techniques Microsoft Project can use to resolve those allocations. In this article you learn about additional resource leveling limitations. Contrary to what you might think, leveling doesn’t always resolve every overallocation. I know, it’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Prior articles…

Resource Leveling: Leveling Fields

Written on July 10, 2017, by

Welcome back to our series on resource leveling! This article wraps up the core leveling functionality by examining the leveling fields available to: Override leveling options at a task or resource level; and Review leveling changes or impacts. Override Fields “Level Assignments” This Yes/No field is a task level override for the project-level “Leveling can…

Resource Leveling: Understanding Split Task Options

Written on July 3, 2017, by

Simply defined, the word “split” means “to break apart.” There are many types of splits in the world, ranging from banana splits to stock splits. And not to be left behind, Microsoft Project allows tasks to be split. But what does “split” mean within the context of resource leveling and what actually happens when Project…

Resource Leveling: Resolution Options

Written on June 26, 2017, by

In prior articles, we’ve talked about two of the three resource leveling components. The first component, leveling mechanics, defines what will be leveled and when leveling will occur. The second component, leveling hierarchy is a decision tree for defining the tie-breaker aspects of leveling. In other words, it determines which task stays put and which…

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