ETP (Ireland) Ltd: Structured Programme and Project Management


Do you want to train all your staff for less than 5,000 euro?

4 March 2015

Would you be interested in training all of your staff in Project Management and Time Management for just € 4,950? It’s possible with ETP’s subscription service. During the recession, to help our clients in whatever way we could, we introduced this service. The way it worked was that for a single annual fee of € 4,950, an organisation could send as many people as it liked on any of our public courses over a 12 month period. There were no catches, no wait listing or limits of any kind. (We also offered discounts for registered charities – so if that’s you, just contact us to discuss this.) The service proved immensely popular and as a result many organisations availed of it. Since then many have renewed these subscriptions year after year, with the ETP subscription becoming a permanent feature of many of these organisations’ training budgets. The subscription covers both our legendary "How to Run Successful Projects" workshop and "The Power of Doing Less" Time Management course (contact us for more details on these courses). Given its popularity and even though the recession appears to be at an end, we have decided to continue the subscription service. You can see our public training course schedule here on our website. (Depending on the take-up of this offer and in order to keep class sizes manageable, we may add more Dublin dates.) You can see what other people have said about our training also here on the testimonial section of our website. If you would like to avail of this offer or need further information, just contact our office either on email ( or by phone (045 523959).

'I had a productive year last year'

8 July 2015

In something of an understatement, Fergus explains how he wrote three books last year, all of which now have been published.  

The new books are:

You'll find them all on Amazon.  


Top Ten Tips For Doing Less

2 August 2013

 Top Ten Tips For Doing Less


We’re all busier than ever before. We are busy in a way that our parents or grandparents never were. Work now intrudes into our personal lives in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
If that wasn’t bad enough, most of this increased workload is not by choice. Far from it. These days this workload comes with an implied threat that if we don’t do it, then very bad things – redundancy, outsourcing, downsizing, offshoring - will happen. Work seems to be consuming our lives, so much so that we are losing sight of what life is really about, of the things that really matter to us, whatever those might be – family, children, loved ones, hobbies, ambitions, hopes, dreams.
But there is a route out of all this.
And you have the power to take that route.
All you have to do is one simple thing.
You need to do less.
So here are the top ten tips for doing exactly that.


1. Know what you want. If you’re going to do less of some things, then you have to know what those things are. To put it another way, you need to know what you want to do more of – the things that matter to you.
2. Figure our your ideal day. The absolutely best way to do decide what matters to you is to figure out how you’d like to spend your time – an ideal day, an ideal week, an ideal year. (Notice that even if what you want is ‘to be as rich as Croesus’ you’ll still have to figure out how you’re going to fill your days.) The book has checklists.
3. Get buy-in. Once you’ve figured out what matters you’re probably going to have to agree it with someone else. In work this is most likely your boss. In your personal life it’s people like wives, husbands, partners, children, girlfriends, boyfriends etc. Go do that.
4. Do what matters. Now just start doing more of the things that matter and (literally) not doing the rest.
5. Learn to say ‘no’ nicely. To not do the rest, you’re going to have to learn to say ‘no’ nicely. (The book has at least forty ways of doing that.)
6. Learn to prioritise. Prioritising is looking at a list and deciding ‘if I could only do one thing what would it be?’ That becomes your #1 priority. Then look at the remaining list and ask the question again. Repeat this process until the list is prioritised.
7. Test what you think is important. Maybe you think that everything you do (in work, for example) is incredibly important and really matters. Test this. Don’t do the least important thing and see what happens. If the sky doesn’t fall then it doesn’t matter and you shouldn’t do it from now on.
8. Go to less meetings / write less reports. Meetings and reports are particularly promising contenders for the treatment in tip 7.
9. Take an hour to just ‘be’. Take an hour – just one hour - in the week to just ‘be’. To think about work or about life and what you’re doing with yours.
10. Pass it on. Pass these tips on to one other person whom you think could do with them.

'The Power of Doing Less' is published

24 July 2013

Fergus' new book, 'The Power of Doing Less: Why Time Management Courses Don't Work and How to Spend Your Precious Life on the Things That Really Matter' is published on August 16.  


If you're a person who's got too much to do and not enough time to do it - whether in work or outside of it - then this book will quite literally transform your life.  


ETP runs a 10-week online course based on the book.  You can find out more about the course here


To mark the publication of the book we are offering four free places on the course to your organisation.  (Further places can be booked at just EUR 49 / GBP 39 / USD 59.)  To book your free places, simply email with a title line 'The Power of Doing Less'.  








The Silver Bullet and ProjectVision join forces

5 March 2013

Cora Systems and ETP today announced that they have formed a strategic partnership and hope to build a relationship that will benefit both organisations’ clients by offering a seamless solution from process right through to toolset within a client’s PMO.

As part of the partnership, ETP will bring its widely-used, common sense approach to project and programme management to the table. Cora Systems’ easy-to-use ProjectVision toolset will then match this approach in its configuration. This will result in a seamless transition for a client starting out with no process to getting a PMO up and running quickly.
Organisations hoping to improve the way in which they manage their projects and programmes will thus have the process and the tool at their disposal, mirroring each other and ensuring a smooth transition from initiation to completion.
Philip Martin, CEO of Cora Systems said “We are delighted about this partnership with ETP and what it means to our clients. Making PMO easy for our clients is great – this is a giant step to doing that.”
Fergus O’Connell, CEO of ETP said “Since ETP started in 1992, we have never aligned ourselves with any particular toolset. However, we feel that ProjectVision is quite an extraordinary product. It does everything a project or programme manager could ever possibly want to do; it’s completely untuitive to use and in terms of cost-benefit, we know of no other product that comes remotely close to it.”

About ETP Ltd:
ETP is one of the world’s leading programme and project management consultancy and training companies. Founded in 1992 by Fergus O’Connell, ETP has delivered its common sense approach to hundreds of companies around the world. Fergus is one of the world’s leading authorities on project management and getting things done in the shortest possible time. He has spent much of the last 30 years involved in teaching, learning or writing about project management. His project management method– Structured Project Management / The Ten Steps - has influenced a generation of project managers. For further information please see

About Cora Systems LTD:
Cora Systems is a company specializing in online and enterprise project management software. Established in 1999 the company has developed a number of products that ensures control, visibility and simplicity for an organization. Cora Systems’ team has a highly skilled background and knowledge base which has allowed them to become a leader in project management software. Their 12 years of experience has enabled them to obtain an extensive client base from many different backgrounds. Their website can be found at

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