Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) – Foundation + Practitioner
This five-day course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the internationally recognised and best practice programme management methodology Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®), providing the skills you need to confidently use MSP® to manage programmes in line with strategic aims of a business and its day to day running.
By the end of this course, delegates will have the skills to be able to identify and document the vision of a programme, thus aligning it to the strategic aims of the business. Candidates will also be able to coordinate the projects of a programme to ensure the correct application of resources and risk, issue and change management. There will be confidence in interface with the day to day business to ensure the smooth transition of changes delivered by a programme into business as usual activity and ensure that the benefits that the programme is designed to deliver are achieved.
You should ideally have experience of managing or working in programmes prior to attending. Knowledge of the PRINCE2® project management method is advantageous but by no means mandatory, but some exposure to a project management method will aid understanding of how the programme works with these projects.
- The success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-course reading materials. It is recommended that candidates spend 1-3 hours on it.
- If you have not received your pre-course reading material within one week of the start of your course, please contact our team.
- Additional work will be required in the evening during the course, consisting of consolidation reading, mock examination questions and exercises. This evening work is an integral part of the course and you should expect to spend about 2 hours each evening on these activities.
- You will be presented with the official MSP® manual: ‘Managing Successful Programmes’ on the first day of your course.
Please note: You must bring a signed photo ID with you on any professional exam (passport, driving licence or student card) as you will be asked to produce it by the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce this ID will result in their exam results being withheld until proof of ID is provided. Please note that if proof is not provided within 40 days, candidate’s exam results will be null and void and a re-sit would be required.
The exam provider allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details and how to apply can be sought from our team by sending an email to [email protected]. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify our team as early as possible (at least two weeks’ notice) to allow time for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise us and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered.
Benefits to Delegates
By the end of this course, delegates will:
- Understand the facts, terms and concepts relating to each theme
- Understand how each governance theme relates to the principles
- Understand the approach to the treatment of each governance theme
- Appreciate how each governance theme is applied throughout the transformational flow
- Understand the responsibilities involved in each governance theme
- Apply and tailor the relevant aspects of each governance theme to a given scenario
- Identify, analyse and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate application of each governance theme in a given scenario
- Application of MSP® in an exam environment
MSP® Philosophy and Structure
- What is a programme and how it differs to both business as usual and project work
- Relationship between the MSP principles, governance themes and the transformational flow.
The 7 MSP® Principles
- Remaining aligned with corporate strategy
- Leading change
- Envisioning and communicating a better future
- Focusing on benefits and threats to them
- Adding value
- Designing and delivering a coherent capability
- Learning from experience
The 9 MSP® Governance Themes
- Leadership and stakeholder engagement
- Benefits management
- Blueprint design and delivery
- Planning and control
- Business case
- Risk and issue management
- Quality and assurance management
The 6 MSP® Transformational Flow Processes
- Identifying a programme
- Defining a programme
- Managing the tranche
- Delivering the capability
- Realizing the benefits
- Closing a programme
MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Examinations
The MSP® Foundation examination takes place in the afternoon of the third day. You must bring a signed photo ID with you on any exam (passport, driving licence or student card).
The foundation exam consists of:
- 75 multiple choice questions
- 1 hour
- Candidates require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass.
The MSP® Practitioner examination takes place on the morning of the last day. The examination consists of:
- 8 questions, each worth 10 marks; total of 80 marks
- ‘Objective Test Examination’ format – a style of complex multiple-choice examination.
- 2½ hours’ duration
- Open book – Delegates may use their official MSP® manual: ‘Managing Successful Programmes’ only
- Candidates require a minimum of 40 marks (50%) to pass
Please note that you must pass the foundation exam before attempting the practitioner exam and by successfully passing the practitioner exam, you attain ‘Registered Practitioner’ status.