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Your problems and opportunities are our passion. Directly and efficiently address your strengths or weaknesses. DA&R Project Management, PMO, Turnaround Management, and Business Analysis Consulting Services complete your projects or operations process improvements faster.

Seasoned Pro's diagnose and solve problems, add expertise, manage your projects, speed process improvement, and facilitate change management.

Increase your performance: Turnaround Services Streamline Your Operations, Systems, People, & Projects.

Business Improvement and Restructuring offerings include Interim Executive Operations Management, Company Turnaround Advisory, Acquisition & Divestiture, Asset Disposal, Equity Event Preparation, Channel Partner, & other Marketing Programs, leading to cost reduction and profit improvement. Free initial confidential consultations.

Training: Project Management & Business Analysis

 
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Your staff needs to perform as a team as the lead projects and improve operations using flexible, tailorable methods yielding RESULTS.

Your staff will experience immediate behavior change.  Most programs apply toward PMI PMP® and/or IIBA CBAP® certification. See our Training tab for more information and our full course list.

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Testimonials

“Thank you so much for sharing your vast practical industry experience in the framework provided by the concepts discussed in class.  The resources that you have pointed to us (websites, software apps, diagrams, etc) and discussion on the practical application of those concepts, have made me aware of opportunities where data analysis can help our organization better allocate time and money backed up by data… I am looking forward to sequels of our classes perhaps around "Risk Analysis" and "Big Data Analytics"… You did a great job controlling the class, and engaging us to participate so that we all benefited from different vertical industry perspectives. Looking forward to staying in touch.” -Dallas area Government Sr. Analyst & PhD student
 
"I attended a 10 week course Darrel taught on Program Management and how to make our Program Management Office "World Class". His fresh look at proven concepts was thought provoking and practical. Implementing some of the concepts Darrel tailored for our organization, we are streamlining internal processes and minimizing cost! Thanks Darrel." and "We still quote you and often still discuss the principles that came out of our time together." -Mike Blackwell, Program Manager Ultra ATS

“We’ve had business analysis training in the past, nothing changed. In one week we had lasting performance improvement from your program!” -VP Financial Institution

“We realized the first day that we were our own worst enemy. Come ready to change and you will benefit greatly from this business analysis training. We will bring Darrel and his team in-house prior to our next big project.” -Sr. Director, Software Firm

“Best training I have ever attended, in any subject, including college.” -PMO Director, Government Agency

“The PMO exercise you provided is an excellent learning tool. I've read your binder 5xs, the PMBOK 4xs and the book you recommended 3xs. Your lectures are packed with wit and real world knowledge without it I would have never survived from the books alone!” -Haydée Denis

“I was a student in Darrel's PM Certificate Course. Not only did I leave the class prepared to take the PMP exam, I left with a very solid foundation in how PM applies to real-world scenarios. Within 2 years of receiving my certificate, I was able to build a PMO from the ground up by simply applying the knowledge from his 7 week course. He is a phenomenal teacher.”

"Darrel Raynor’s Project Management class at St. Edwards was extremely beneficial to my career. As a relatively new project manager with a wide range of experience working in non-profit, advertising, and digital, the class was an excellent way for me to gain exposure to PM best-practices and connect with peers from a wide range of industries. I learned a lot from the diverse group of students, and I feel that the training focus on real life examples and scenarios was deeply enriching.
Now that I am working in New York City at a PMO for a top advertising agency, I am extremely grateful for the solid PM education I received in Austin. Darrel and his fellow teachers’ subject matter expertise, real word applications, and entertaining learning environment created a holistic model from which I draw in my day-to-day management of projects. Darrel was especially helpful when I asked for his guidance in figuring out the best-practice approach to solving a process-oriented problem I had with organizing vast amounts of project documentation. I appreciate his willingness to provide continuing education support and share his expertise—and my projects are all the better for it!
I feel confident that my experience at St. Edwards was exactly what I needed to advance my career. I would recommend this class to anyone who desires to be best equipped for an exciting and challenging career in project management." -Kelledy

“I truly enjoyed the Project Management course and believe this is solely because Darrel is an excellent instructor. Darrel does a great job keeping the pace smooth and the material digestable even though the concepts can be overwhelming. His experience as both a Project Manager and instructor are evident in how he blends real world examples into the curriculum. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in becoming a PMP take this course at St. Edwards from Darrel.”

“Darrel is a pragmatic problem-solver adept at mapping a straight course from chaos to stability. He specializes in turnarounds - some of the most difficult situations Project Managers face - and has developed PMI-certified training that enriches the basic course material of the PMI with Darrel's real-world experience and practices.” -Pat Scherer

“Darrel was a very innovative and dedicated Director for the Austin Chapter of the Project Management Institute. Darrel and I served together for years. He was always looking for way to better the organization and promote the project management discipline. His efforts have made the chapter one of the best.”

“Darrel has been an outstanding partner for AMS. I have known Darrel for 10 years and within that time frame I have come to respect him both personally and professionally as a talented and committed professional. His commitment to quality and his ability to embrace all aspects of the client engagement is what helps him to maintain a great service track record. I would recommend Darrel and his firm to anyone seeking a results oriented and quality driven professional.” -Phil Ventresca

“With a personal desire to change my project/program management behaviors and enhance my leadership skills, I went in search of a learning institution that would meet my needs and is highly respected. This I found in the Agile and Integrated Project Management (A&IPM) Evening Certificate Program taught at St. Edward's University-Professional Education Center. The instruction is world-class and delivered in a professional setting. Regardless of your education and experience, be prepared to walk away as a more efficient, focused, and disciplined project manager and leader. A key differentiation for me came from forming teams the first night, deciding on a project, and while rotating the PM baton taking the project from concept to close. In addition, many institutions teach the 'what' while this program focused on and demonstrated the 'how'. I also gained a stronger understanding of what Executives are seeking from the PM and how to deliver project definition/status using organized data and documented processes in which they will have confidence--this is worth the tuition alone. I am using the A&IPM techniques with early success, and with conviction I am recommending this course to anyone seeking to take their project management and leadership skills to a higher level." -Keith Pease

“Darrel provides provides an exceptionally good learning experience for students (like myself) who have attended his A&IPM course at St. Edward's University. You won't be bored in his classes. He challenges you to think through real world scenarios - scenarios that he shares from his vast experience in Project and Program Management. You won't be listening to someone reading from slides in Darrel's class. But you will still be very well prepared to take and pass the PMP certification exam. I highly recommend Darrel's class to anyone who is considering taking courses on real life PM principles or PMP exam prep. With Darrel you get a rich experience that covers both objectives.” -Chris Almond

“I have had the privelege to work directly with Darrel on a number of occasions while he created our company's project management education curriculum. Darrel is a very dynamic, creative and motivational presenter. Darrel is very knowledgeable in many aspects of project management and information technology. He does an excellent job in blending his past experiences to help students and fellow instructors take away new information and tools they can immediately put in place to be more productive. From a service providers standpoint, Darrel is very hands-on and active in working directly with his clients. I'd hire Darrel anytime in the future if the need arose. Also, Darrel is a great resource for project kick offs and post project reviews.” -Patricia (Patti) Kassel

“I was a student in Darrel's PM Certificate Course. Not only did I leave the class prepared to take the PMP exam, I left with a very solid foundation in how PM applies to real-world scenarios. Within 2 years of receiving my certificate, I was able to build a PMO from the ground up by simply applying the knowledge from his 7 week course. He is a phenomenal teacher.” -Lauren Fisher Allen

“Darrel is in the business of delivering results. As the part-time Project Manager for the Bob Bullock Museum's largest project, he ensured that all goals and milestones were met -- on time - and with quality. Darrel is in the business of making any process better. He brings the improvement that delivers value. I look forward to working with him again." -Nashid Madyun

“Darrel is the man to turn things aorund. Darrel comes with all the important skills you want to see in a turn-around man. No one I know is more knowledgable about project management.” -Christian Farmer

“Darrel introduces himself as a Project Mangement expert, with considerable credentials, but he is actually considerably more than that. I have known and collaborated with Darrel off-and-on for 12 years and his depth in software development process, quality, due diligence, teambuilding, research and other fields add value to every project.” -Don Jarrell

“I know Darrel through his participation in the local Austin Project Management Institute (PMI) Chapter and lecturing at St. Edward's Professional Education Center (PEC). He is an advocate or Agile Project Mgmt and applying the PMBOK is a realistic and relevent way. Darrel has excelled at administering the local PMI Job Opportunities Group on Yahoo. He is an excellent consultant and trainer.” -Brad Davis

“When SP3 needed a partner on a major Dell project Darrel was our 1st and only choice. Darrel brought unparalleled project management experience and technology depth backed up by amazing talent to find solutions to tough problems and drive projects initiatives, across multiple divisions, to successful delivery. Darrel has the brains, wit and talent unlike few I've known in my 20 years in business.” -Doug Whatley

“Darrel Raynor was recommended to me by the Executive Director at Discover Hope Fund. He assisted us in the start up phases of a new company that several colleagues and I are investing in. He was incredibly creative and knowledgeable at identifying tactical areas for improvement and new business strategies. His personable style was a wonderful fit for us and we benefited greatly by his expertise. In addition to his tactical and strategic guidance and advice, Darrell exhibited a very high level of integrity and professionalism. We really enjoyed working with him and would recommend him to anyone starting up a business or wanting to further and expand their existing market share.” -Laura Pressley

“As the founding Director of The HeliOS Project, it was important to me to surround myself with like-minded and dedicated people. It wasn't easy. We spend almost every free hour we have accumulating broken computers, triaging them and then building and testing them to give away to disadvantaged kids. It's not easy finding someone who will really dedicate themselves to this intense of an effort. Darrel Raynor stepped forward and volunteered to do what we needed done. We needed a Director of Asset Management. It's not easy getting corporations to part with decent used machines and parts. Darrel's professional and personal network was a perfect fit for our needs. He was able to quickly step in and start making contacts that were closed to me. What I appreciate most about Darrel is that when he says he's going to do something, you can be assured that it goes to the top of his priority list and he does as he says. Darrel Raynor has the talent, energy and character to do anything he sets out to do. The HeliOS Project is more than fortunate that he chose us to demonstrate it. Ken Starks The HeliOS Project” -Ken Starks

“I truly enjoyed the Project Management course and believe this is solely because Darrel is an excellent instructor. Darrel does a great job keeping the pace smooth and the material digestable even though the concepts can be overwhelming. His experience as both a Project Manager and instructor are evident in how he blends real world examples into the curriculum. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in becoming a PMP take this course at St. Edwards from Darrel.” -Stacy Bouwman

“Darrel is intense! I've never met someone so organized yet so flexible. He's got great "helicopter vision" able to see the big picture as well as the finest detail. He's a strong leader and always willing to roll up his sleeves and get a little dirty. He's a motivated do-er, driven to succeed, and is one of the most determined people I've worked with in my career. Certainly a strong operations or program/project management leader!” -Ed Adams

"Instead of giving instruction and sending us on our way, you helped us with starting a realistic approach that we can take back to the office and use immediately." -Sr. Project Manager at State government agency

"It was my pleasure to spend two days with such a highly qualified instructor on the subject. (Project Risk Management)" -Sr. Project Manager at State government agency

"I was at a PMI Chapter Meeting the other night and one of the speakers, Doug Whatley, mentioned your PMP course. He says he places PMs that have taken your course on a higher rung than other PMs. I thought I'd let you know that. Thank you again for being a great instructor!" -Sharon Henry

"Just wanted to say thanks again for the training session last week.   It sparked productive conversation about how to improve our BA and PM processes  and the class attendees were all very complimentary about the your insight and practical approach." -Team Lead, State Government

"From Business Problem Solving Course for a large energy company in Houston - Great Instructor!; Huge value.; Want more!; Good practical advice around how we conduct ourselves,; This will change the way our group handles problems - for the better."

"Congrats! You inspired me to seek Project Management and certification, which is life changing. Good show, Darrel."

"Thank you for the pure gold that the course was.
I learned in a few days what might have taken me years to figure out on my own. 
And I wonder what that process might have looked like.
Thank you for your wisdom.
Thank you for being an awesome human being in addition to being an awesome teacher.
You teach the value of respect and regard and basic horse sense very elegantly." - Sonali Gurpur

Courses Given

Business Problem Solving Course for a large energy company in Houston

Coaching Skills for Managers for a large energy company in Houston

Advanced Business Writing Processes for huge Texas State Agency

"Estimating Technical Projects Workshop" assessed, recommended, written, & delivered to Global Financial Insurance Firm

Data Analysis Boot Camp

Supervising Technical People

New Managers Training

Modeling, Analyzing, and Improving Business Data and Processes

Agile Development Best Practices

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring

Requirements Management and Communication

Creative Problem Solving

Managing Multiple Projects

Practical Best Practice Approaches to Effective Project Management

Project Management Best Practices

Project Stakeholder Management

Business Analytics Parts 1 and 2

Data Analysis BootCamp in Columbia MO for a university.

SDLC - FUndamentals of Systems Development Life Cycles.

Introduction to Data Analysis virtual for commercial & government folks.

Communication Skills for Customer Facing Project Managers & Others.

Agile Development Best Practices to several clients.

Risk Management to Federal Government Agencies in DC.