fergus o'connell

Speaker Profile: Fergus O’Connell

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

In addition to holding a “First” in Mathematical Physics from University College Cork Fergus O’Connell is one of the world’s leading authorities on project management, the author of fifteen business and self-help books and a best-selling novelist!

His first project management company – ETP was founded in 1992 and his disruptive, common sense project management method – The Ten Steps – has 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 – in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. He has written on project management 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, the Irish Management Institute and on television for the National Technological University. He holds two patents.

At the 2020 PPM Innovators Virtual Summit Fergus outlined his newest method – the Probability of Success Indicator (PSI) in “How to Assess a Project in Five Minutes” and you can watch the recording here.

Just as people have vital signs, projects have vital signs. There are a handful of things whose presence or absence gives a project manager key information about the health of a project.
This presentation outlines these vital signs, how to check for them and why this is a versatile tool for a project manager to have in his or her bag of tricks.