About Fergus

About Fergus

The Sunday Business Post has described Fergus O’Connell www.fergusoconnell.com 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.  His sixth novel, The Paradise Ghetto, has just been published.  Fergus is now 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 first project management company – ETP (www.etpint.com) – was founded in 1992 and has just celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary.  Fergus’ 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.

Fergus is now disrupting the project management space again with Fast Projects, his new company, which focuses on shortening projects / time to market – ‘Fast Projects is ETP on steroids’.

Fergus is the author of sixteen books on project management, leadership and getting things done http://www.amazon.com/Fergus-OConnell/e/B000APF0KK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1. These include a book on project management for children entitled,How To Put A Man On The Moon If You’re A Kid.  His book, 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.

He has two children and is currently implementing the New Year New Country New Novel plan.  Having lived for the last year just outside Florence in Italy he currently lives in rural Cheshire in England.