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Daryl Deffler

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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.

Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 2

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...

Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 1

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...

Resource Leveling: Recommendations

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 ...

Resource Leveling: The Leveling Cycle

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 ...

Resource Leveling: It’s Time to Level Your Schedule

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 an...

Resource Leveling: Preparing to Level

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, t...

Resource Leveling: Limitations

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: Leveling Fields

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 le...

Resource Leveling: Understanding Split Task Options

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, Mic...

Resource Leveling: Resolution Options

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 secon...

Resource Leveling: The Leveling Hierarchy, Part 2

Last time I introduced the concept of the “leveling hierarchy” and examined the first three hierarchy levels: Priority 1000, Manual and Started Tasks. In this article, we review the remain...

Resource Leveling: The Leveling Hierarchy, Part 1

Last time we examined resource leveling mechanics for Microsoft Project. This time, we look at the leveling hierarchy. And because it’s a BIG topic that can easily overwhelm, I’m breaking ...

Resource Leveling: Leveling Mechanics

Resource leveling is comprised of three components, and you need knowledge of all three to understand leveling in Microsoft Project. Leveling mechanics define the “what” and “when...

Resource Leveling: Problem Indicators

Who doesn’t like a good mystery movie? They’re chockful of timelines, inter-related events and lots of clues that, when understood, help the viewer arrive at a solution. These same attribu...

Resource Leveling: Scheduling vs. Leveling

“Don’t click the level button — it messes up your schedule.” How many times have you said this or heard it? If I had a nickel for each time I’ve heard this over the cours...

How Microsoft Project Calculates Task Duration

Ever wondered why a task starting on 1/2/17 and ending on 1/30/17 displays a duration value of three days while a task starting on 1/2/17 and ending on 1/6/17 displays a duration value of five days? O...

6 Ways to Correct “Remaining Work” Stuck in the Past

Marty McFly had a problem. He was stuck in the past. Like Marty, project schedules can have a similar problem with “remaining work” stuck in the past. In this article I show you how to rec...

Use Hidden Functions in Project’s Assign Resources Window

Most Microsoft Project users know that the Assign Resources window is one of many ways to assign a resource to a task. But did you know that the Assign Resources window can also be used to assign mult...