ETP (Ireland) Ltd: Structured Programme and Project Management

About ETP

The memo that became a book that became a company

in 1990 Fergus was working for a US software company, running their European product development and customer support operation. The company's project managers asked if he would give them a talk on project management. Fergus agreed - and, in a great piece of project management - promptly forgot.

When he suddenly remembered - an hour before the talk was due to begin - what he had to do, Fergus grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down the Ten Steps. They have remained unchanged since then. That piece of paper eventually became Fergus' first book - the classic, 'How To Run Successful Projects - The Silver Bullet'. While he was writing it, he founded ETP, convinced that there was a market for light, common sense project management. The rest, as they say, is history.


What we do

ETP is a company that provides consulting and training in:

  • Project management
  • Getting things done
  • Getting things done in the shortest possible time

for all kinds of organisations.


Our Philosophy on Project Management 

There are four things you need to know about the methods that ETP provides:

  1. They work! For example, ETP was the project management consultancy for the Special Olympics World Games in 2003, the world's biggest sporting event that year. The people who planned and executed that project used ETP methods. The project is widely regarded as an outstanding success;
  2. They are common sense. Project management is not complicated - though there are many people who will tell you that it is. The things that you are doing may be logistically or technically complex but ensuring they get done on time and within budget isn't.
  3. They are light. ETP methods tell you how to get your projects or endeavours done with the least amount of effort. For example, using ETP's PSI (Probability of Success Indicator) you can assess the health of a project in five minutes.
  4. They are radical. ETP has pioneered such methods as remote building of plans or remote diagnosis of projects. ETP consultants have worked with clients, whom they have never met face-to-face, to estimate projects and build project plans. An ETP consultant recently diagnosed the problems with a project located in the US from a French motorway rest area!

ETP was founded in 1992 by Fergus O'Connell. Since then the company has delivered its message of common sense project management to thousands of people in hundreds of companies.

ETP is not a general-purpose training company, offering courses in just about anything. Instead, we do just a handful of things and we do them superbly.

Rather than telling you any more about us, have a look at our client list. It says more than we ever could.


About Fergus

 The Sunday Business Post has described Fergus O’Connell as having ‘more strings to his bow than a Stradivarius’.

His 2002 novel, 'Call The Swallow', was described by 'The Irish Times' as ‘better than 'Schindler’s Ark' [itself a Booker Prize winner].  'Call The Swallow' was short listed for the 2002 Kerry Ingredients Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Novel of the Year.

Between 2009 and 2014 his quartet of period love stories called 'The Four Lights' – 'Starlight', 'Sunlight', 'Moonlight' and 'Candlelight '- was published. His new novel, 'The Paradise Ghetto' is out on August 18, 2016. He is currently working on its successor  Two of his novels have been optioned.

Fergus has a First in Mathematical Physics from University College Cork and is one of the world’s leading authorities on project management. His company – ETP ( - and his project management method – The Ten Steps – have influenced a generation of project managers. In 2003 this method was used to plan and execute the Special Olympics World Games, the world’s biggest sporting event that year. Fergus’s experience covers projects around the world; he has taught project management in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. He has written on the subject for many publications including The Wall Street Journal. He has lectured at University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bentley College, Boston University, the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and on television for the National Technological University. He holds two patents.

Fergus is the author of fourteen business and self-help books The first of these, 'How to Run Successful Projects – the Silver Bullet', has become both a bestseller and a classic and has been constantly in print for over twenty years. His book on common sense entitled 'Simply Brilliant'– also a bestseller and now in its fourth edition – was runner-up in the W H Smith Book Awards 2002. His books have been translated into twenty five languages. His latest book is 'Leadership Lessons From The South Pole: Why Amundsen Lived And Scott Died'.

Fergus has also written a book on project management for children. Entitled, 'How To Put A Man On The Moon If You’re A Kid', the book is one of a pair of books to teach the essential skills of project management and time management to schoolchildren.

He has two children and lives just outside Florence in Italy.  Prior to this Fergus lived in France for seven years.  His French is disimproving every day and his Italian is not coming on at the same rate.  


Free 1-hour Presentation 

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