The PMO exercise you provided is an excellent learning tool. I've read your binder 5 times, the PMBOK 4 times, and the book you recommended 3 times. Your lectures are packed with real world knowledge! I would never have survived from the books alone!
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.
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.
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.
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, PMP, or program/project management leader!
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!