We aim to make your team consistently successful at completing complex projects. As a result of working with Derg, your organization should be in a position to define and/or apply consistent project management methods that leverage generally accepted tools and techiques as identified by project management standards.


We achieve this by collaborating with you to determine the best combination of learning mechanisms to apply to your situation:


  -  Standard introductory project management training

  -  Standard advanced workshops on specific project management techniques

  -  Standard training courses on lean project management concepts

  -  Customized project management workshops specified to your needs

  -  Mentoring project managers

  -  Consulting and managing projects within your organization



Principal Consultant - Mike Lane


Michael Lane brings a combination of practical hands-on experience and academic reflection to the subject of project management. This puts him in a strong position to assess your management structures inr order to identify and apply potential improvements.


He has worked on programs and projects for 20 years in the software engineering sector, both in the provision of software services and in product development.  This timespan incorporated technical leadership and senior management responsibilities for distributed teams across the globe. This provides him with deep insights and empathy of the challenges facing teams when addressing the integrated activities required to succeed with complex projects.


Over the past 10 years, Michael has leveraged his earlier experience to complete both an MSc (project management of globally distributed software engineering teams) and a PhD (lean project management in software development). While conducting these part-time studies, Mike built up a teaching portfolio in project management, strategic information systems and a number of software engineering concepts as a lecturer in the University of Limerick. He also published and presented papers in the areas of distributed development, agile project management and lean software development at prestigious international conferences.


In order to bridge his academic contributions and experience with practical industrial engagement, Mike also delivered over 100 executive training workshops to many organizations in the public and private sector. An array of multi-day executive training courses have been delivered in Ireland, UK, Sweden, UAE and Oman.  These have included exam-based courses (PMP, Fetac) as well as training in the application of general project management practices.



PhD - lean and agile project management (Univ. of Limerick)

MSc - project management using globally distributed teams (Univ. of Limerick)

Dip - foundation diploma in training and education (Nat'l Univ. of Galway)

MMII Grad. Dip. - degree equivalent (Marketing Institute of Ireland)

BSc - Computer systems (business) (University of Limerick)

PMP - Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute)




"The presenter was extremely knowledgeable and shared war stories...Michael made a great job of involving everyone."

(Executive project management training to DLA Piper UK LLP)




"As both a project management and an Information Systems and Software Management subject matter expert, Michael has provided extremely well-organized, consistent and well-received modules for our post-graduate courses."


Mr. Michael Hennessy

Education Programmes Manager

Continuing Professional Education

University of Limerick



"Michael has displayed a high level of professionalism in taking complete responsibility for many software engineering undergraduate and postgraduate modules for the Computer Science department."


Ms. Annette McElligott

Head of Department

Computer Science & Information Systems

University of Limerick



"The agile workshop presented by Michael  was very well received by both industry and academic participants"


Professor Par J. Agerfalk

Dept. of Informatics and Media, Uppsala, Sweden



"Delivering a huge amount of information in a very tight timeframe, Michael did so in a manner which made the information easy to assimilate & retain.

Thoroughly engaging, Michael has a great balance between academic knowledge and industry experience, this made it all the easier to understand how the theory works in practice.


His class was also a very safe environment in which to learn. With a group which ranged from inexperienced to highly experienced Project Managers, even the most off point questions or incorrect answers were handled in a positive & respectful way."

(Attendee at both training courses on Applied Project Management and PMP preparation on behalf of the Centre for Project Management at UL),

Jo O'Connell

Prinicipal Team Lead

Cpl Healthcare