THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT MASTERCLASS

THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT MASTERCLASS

 

RUN ANY PROJECT, BUILD A TRACK RECORD OF PROJECT SUCCESS, HAVE A LIFE

 

Join the Project Management Masterclass Today – it’s the Only Project Management Training You’ll Ever Need

 

 

 

 

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The course that’s influenced a generation of Project Managers:

  • To date it’s been taught to nearly 10,000 people
  • It’s been refined and improved since 1991.
  • Other project management courses teach you how to drive – this course makes you a good driver.
  • Already attended by thousands of people in hundreds of organisations on every continent expect Antarctica!
  • It’s – quite literally – the only project management course you’ll ever need.

 

 

The Project Management Masterclass teaches you everything you need to know to run any project successfully – using the most innovative Learning & Development practices

 


It’s like having a world class project management coach sitting beside you while you work

You learn on the job

The modules come in small, bite-size chunks

In 16 videos learn light project management – everything you have to do to run any project successfully.

It’s a Masterclass that produces behaviour change in those who do it.

No heavy duty, complex methodologies to service – just common sense techniques to get your project out the door as quickly as possible with absolutely minimum effort.

Learn the only project management method that is correlated to project success.

No playing games with LEGO or working on case studies – Learn the method by working on your own projects and doing ‘real work’.

Indefinite support after the Masterclass by email and with Q&A’s.

You get lifetime access to the Masterclass and its knowledge base which is constantly being added to. This means you can study at your own pace and revise whenever you want.

Teach the method to your team or colleagues using the Presentation slide deck.

Demand for Project Managers is expected to grow by 33 percent, or nearly 22 million new jobs over the next 7 years. (Source: PMI (2017). Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027.

A course with no carbon footprint

Learn everything you need to know in just over 6 hours of teach time

Regular bonus modules added to the knowledge base – latest: ‘How to Scope & Plan a Project in a Day’

 

 

Who’s it for?

The Masterclass is equally applicable to new and experienced project managers. If you are new to project management, you leave the Masterclass saying. ‘I’m a Project Manager’.  If you’ve been doing project management for a while it reminds you of the essentials or things you’ve maybe forgotten the significance of or – quite possibly – opening your eyes to some new things

 

Benefits of the Project Management Masterclass

This kind of training has enormous benefits for both the individual undertaking the training and for the organisation to which they belong. 

Attendees

  • Can make commitments on project budgets and delivery dates with maximum confidence – and deliver on these commitments.
  • Far less ‘fire fighting’ and unpleasant surprises on projects, thereby saving / freeing up much valuable time.
  • Able to build a track record of consistent project delivery.
  • Renewed and enhanced focus on the things that really matter.
  • Greater job satisfaction.
  • Far less stress and working long hours.

Organisation

  • Has a common language for dealing with projects.
  • Projects done as quickly as possible with minimum wasted time, effort, resources and money
  • Far better visibility by senior management into the status of projects as they are executed.
  • Much more predictability in terms of project delivery dates and budgets.
  • Significantly less surprises – especially unpleasant ones. 

 

What people have said

“This is a master class in course presentation, content and delivery. ‘The course is brilliant in its simplicity.” Feena Coughlan, Ericsson, Ireland

“It changed my approach to the PM’s responsibilities.  I will use the things I have learned in my every day job – Thanks!” Skawomir Chimiiel, Moravia, Poland

“Extremely excellent! Instructors experience and the wealth of knowledge gave great weight to the content – Thank you!” Emily Murphy, Hertz Europe, Ireland

“Presentation was brilliant.” Paulo Correia, MOG Technologies, Portugal

“Very practical – Having to use your own project is a great idea – makes everything seem more real.”  Rachel Long, Development Officer, National Youth Council of Ireland

“I loved all the example / experience shared. Amazing way to teach.” Douglas Senra, Boston Scientific, Brazil

“Rather than trying to present the material as complex, it was presented as obvious common sense.   This is an unusual and brave approach, but it certainly worked for me.” Paul Dwan, Fidelity Investments, Ireland

“Has already helped me rethink my worklife, how I approach a project and my stakeholders – I will use as my bible of P.M.” “Helen O’Malley, Barretstown Children’s Charity, Ireland

“Incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout.” Seamus Winters, Xeltis, Netherlands

“Opened my eyes to project management and gave me invaluable tips to running my projects successfully.”  Karl Dunne, Beaumont Hospital, Ireland

“I really learned a lot and am clear about what I need to change to get the difference I am looking for.” Catherine Joyce, Barnardos, Ireland

“I would (and will) recommend this course to anyone.” Dustin Thurgood, CTO, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

“Clear, direct, never boring – rich in examples – will recommend to my management team.” David Guerra, Hertz Europe, Ireland

“Extraordinary experience – learned a lot.” Hannah Bauer, Xeltis Netherlands

“One of the best, if not the best, presenter I have come across.” Brian Mulvihill, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Ireland

“One of the most useful aspects of the workshop was definitely the instructor’s past experience and the way this related to the material being taught.” Paul Nestor, Budget Travel, Ireland

“Fresh and dynamic approach. Excellent course, well worth doing. Really engaging and useful.”   Declan McEnearney, Boston Scientific, Ireland

“I love the old-fashioned way – no laptop, no slides, only human contact.” Dimitris Stergioulis, Xeltis, Netherlands

“The best instructor I’ve ever had”. Leandro Puche, Boston Scientific, Brazil

“First time I believe I have given the highest score in all categories! Very much hands on and practical.”Clare Connolly, Takeda Ireland

“Very, very funny and charismatic”. Valeria Pepe, Xeltis Netherlands

“I have done many trainings in my time but this was the best one.” Lucas Zapulla, Boston Scientific, Brazil

 

Your Instructor

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

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.  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’ new company, Fast Projects (www.fastprojects.org) is again disrupting the project management space by focusing on speeding up projects / shortening time to market – the only company in the world to be doing so. 

Fergus’ 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, Manchester Metropolitan University, 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 the author of sixteen business and self-help books http://www.amazon.com/Fergus-OConnell/e/B000APF0KK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1, including 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-eight languages.

Fergus is also a novelist and screenwriter.  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.

Fergus has recently completed a screenplay based on his novel, The Paradise Ghetto, his second about the Holocaust, which is now in development. 

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

 

 

Typical problems that the Masterclass solves

  1. You’d like to do projects better but you know you don’t need a full-blown project management methodology;
  2. You’d like a stripped-back project management method which newcomers can learn quickly and which reinforces the knowledge of experienced project managers;
  3. You’re not sure if you need project management at all or you just need to manage time more effectively;
  4. You’d like to hit deadlines and meet promises without late working;
  5. You’d like to reduce stress levels;
  6. You often have unpleasant surprises – projects that ‘go long’ suddenly and out of the blue;
  7. You’d like to be able to estimate accurately;
  8. You have project managers with different backgrounds / styles / experience and you’d like to have a standard way of doing things – a basic structure and language which describes what to do and what not to do;
  9. Individual people, or the organisation as a whole, overcommit;
  10. You need to become better at managing scope change;
  11. You need to become better at dealing with impossible deadlines;
  12. Yet more customer comments.

 

Skills and behaviours taught

  • How to identify all of a project’s stakeholders
  • How to establish the goal of the project – the goal which will satisfy the win conditions of all of the stakeholders
  • How to implement effective change control while still successfully managing the expectations of the stakeholders
  • How to accurately estimate projects – even those phases of the project which lie very far into the future
  • What exactly the project manager is required to do, what s(he) is responsible for i.e. the roles and responsibilities of the project manager
  • How to identify the resources required for the project
  • How to ensure that those resources will be available and what to do if they are not
  • How to play to the strengths of the project team [The word ‘team’ is used in the widest sense i.e. it includes the stakeholders]
  • How to put a margin for error into the project plan through the use of contingency and risk analysis / risk management
  • The correct response when the project given to the project manager is impossible to achieve within the given deadline, budget or resource constraint
  • How to negotiate with the stakeholders, and resolve conflicts when their win-conditions are impossible to reconcile
  • How to lead / work with / influence other people so as to get the best out of them
  • How to use the plan as instrumentation to drive the project
  • How to correctly assess the status of the project
  • How to do truthful, accurate and useful status reporting
  • The project manager’s daily routine
  • How to do audits / post mortems / reviews at the conclusion of projects
  • How to assess any project in five minutes using the Probability of Success Indicator (PSI)
  • Working less and achieving more

 

Learning approach

  • Tell – the instructor teaches attendees a particular step; explains why it is important; how the step is carried out and any other issues they need to be aware of
  • See – The instructor and the class apply a particular step to an attendee’s project.  Attendees see how what they have been taught is applied in a real-life situation 
  • Do – The most important bit.  Attendees apply what they have learnt to their own projects
  • Assess – By assessing how likely their project is to succeed, attendees can gauge how well they have absorbed what they have been taught. 

 

 

Here’s what you get

  1. Lifetime access to the Masterclass in 17 videos:
  • Introduction
  • Step 1 – Goal Setting
  • Step 2 – Estimation Part 1 – Why
  • Step 2 – Estimation Part 2 – How
  • Step 2 – Estimation Part 3 – The Budget
  • Step 3 –There Must be One Leader
  • Step 4 – Part 1 Supply and Demand
  • Step 4 – Part 2 Availability
  • Step 5(a) Contingency
  • Step 5(a) Risk Management
  • Step 5(b) Setting the Stakeholders’ Expectations
  • Probability of Success Indicator
  • Step 6 Leadership Styles
  • Step 7 The Project Manager’s Daily Routine
  • Step 8 Light Status Reporting
  • Steps 9 & 10 Lessons Learnt
  • Multiple Projects – The Power of Doing Less


2 Full supporting documentation including:

  • Study Guide – to get the most out of your Masterclass, whether you are new to Project Management, Need a Refresher or are Experienced
  • A Powerpoint side deck of course material
  • A second Powerpoint slide deck show Fergus’ flipchart drawings


3 How to Run Successful Projects – a Quick Reference Guide containing everything you need to know to run any project successfully

4 ‘The Pack of Stuff’ – thirteen templates / articles for use in a variety of project management situations:

  • Template for a Light Status Report
  • Full instructions on ‘How to Assess a Project in Five Minutes’ – can be used in a variety of situations including assessing a project, assessing a project plan, if you inherit a project from somebody else, if you have to rescue a project
  • How to deal with irrational behaviour in project stakeholders
  • Availability Calculator – calculate and track your availability so you don’t become overloaded
  • Estimating Score Card – for capturing and comparing Actual and Estimated
  • A Gantt Chart template in Excel – Excel was never intended as a project management tool but – if you have nothing else available – it can do the trick
  • 1-pager on holding effective meetings that we use ourselves
  • Ten ways of saying ‘no’ nicely
  • Status Report template for tracking a portfolio of projects
  • A template for a Project Charter, if you don’t already have one
  • A Risk Analysis template and the 12 most common reasons why projects fail – to be used together
  • A template for a Scope Change Log

5 Indefinite support via FAQ and email

6 Added August 20 2020 – a 23-page manual giving full, detailed instructions on How to Scope & Plan a Project in a Day

7 Added September 10 2020 – ‘How to Put a Man on the Moon if You’re a Kid’ – Fergus’ book for teaching project management to children.

8 Added September 23 2020 – 40% discount on all of Fergus’ books. for a full list see Fergus’ Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fergus-OConnell/e/B000APF0KK/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1.

 

BONUS: Speeding up Projects / Shortening Time to Market

Since the publication of this book in 2001, we’ve been researching how to speed up projects and shorten time to market. If you sign up for the Masterclass, as an added bonus we’ll be providing you with training, tools, techniques and documentation to help you shorten your projects.


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Your investment today:

The Project Management Masterclass is priced at € 985 / UK£ 890 / US$ 1,165.

Amongst other things, this gives you livelong access to the training course and knowledge base.

We offer two payment options: one is with credit card online and the other via bank transfer if this is preferred. For bank transfer please get in touch with us at info@fastprojects.com and will with guide you through the next steps.