About Us

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 company 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.

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.