MSP Foundation

MSP Foundation Training

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) represents proven programme management good practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management.

MSP has been used and adopted within many organizations both within the public and private sectors. The experiences of those who have adopted programme management have provided invaluable inputs into the core publication, ‘Managing Successful Programmes’.
It provides a framework whereby large, complex change can be broken down into manageable, inter-related projects. For those managing this overall delivery the principles of programme management are key to delivering on time and within budget.
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) comprises a set of principles and processes for use when managing a programme. It is founded on best practice although it is not prescriptive. It is very flexible and designed to be adapted to meet the needs of local circumstances.

MSP® INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW – What is a programme? What is programme management? MSP® Structure.

MSP® FRAMEWORK AND CONCEPTS – Principles, governance themes, transformational flow, management strategies and plans.

VISION – What is a ‘vision’? What makes a good Vision Statement?

IDENTIFYING A PROGRAMME – Programme Mandate. Linking to Policy and Strategy. Preparing a Programme Brief. Planning to Define the Programme.

BLUEPRINT DESIGN AND DELIVERY – What is a Blueprint, and what does it contain? Developing a Blueprint from the Vision Statement.

DEFINING A PROGRAMME – Creating a Programme Definition Document (including the Project Dossier, the Programme Plan and the Programme Business Case).

PLANNING AND CONTROL – What is a Programme Plan and how is it developed? The Project Dossier. Resourcing and scheduling.

BENEFITS REALISATION MANAGEMENT – The key driver for the programme. How benefits realisation links to achieving strategic objectives. Outcome relationship models and Benefit Maps. Planning for benefits realisation.

ORGANISATION AND THE PROGRAMME OFFICE – Organisation and leadership. Organisational structure, the key roles and their responsibilities. What is a Programme Office and what service does it provide?

THE BUSINESS CASE – Developing, managing and reviewing the programme’s Business Case.

LEADERSHIP AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT – Leadership as opposed to management. How ‘leaders’ actively engage stakeholders. Analysing and engaging with stakeholders. Stakeholder maps and matrices.

MANAGING THE TRANCHES – Implementing governance arrangements. Establishing tranches. Managing risks and issues.

DELIVERING THE CAPABILITY AND REALISING THE BENEFITS – Co-ordinating and managing projects on the Project Dossier. Starting and closing projects. Maintaining alignment with the programme. Ensuring that project outputs are fit for purpose and can be integrated into operations, so that benefits can be realised. Pre-transition, transition and post transition activities.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT – Critical Success Factors. The scope of programme quality management. Quality processes. Configuration Management. Quality Management Strategy and Plan. Information Management Strategy and Plan.

RISK MANAGEMENT AND ISSUE RESOLUTION – Principles, approach and strategy for managing risks and resolving issues. Managing and controlling changes

CLOSING A PROGRAMME – Formal confirmation of completion. Finalising programme information. Confirming closure.

  • MSP is a pragmatic approach to programme management which ensures a strong leadership and governance structure is established and maintained. The emphasis is on Stakeholder Engagement and Benefits Realization Management.
  • MSP has been implemented in the public and private sectors because it provides a number of benefits to the organizations undertaking programmes, including:

Provides a common framework for all parties to work within – including the Client, Contractors and stakeholders

Strong emphasis on the identification and realization of measurable benefits

Strong Stakeholder Engagement focus ensuring that stakeholders have the opportunity to participate at the key times throughout life of the programme

Clear communication links between the delivery team and the operational teams who will take ownership of the finished products

Good governance is a significant part of the framework and is instituted throughout the programme

MSP provides a method for managing the complex relationships between the interested parties in a significant, long term change initiative.

MSP provides individuals with skills and techniques not usually familiar to project managers thus providing them with another tool to add to their professional toolkit.

Members of a programme office, business change team members, project delivery team members, anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP and those wishing to pursue higher level qualifications (e.g. programme managers, business change managers (BCMs) and senior responsible owners (SROs).

Type – 75 Multiple choice (5 trial questions and not counted in scores)

Passing – 50% (35 out of 70)

Duration – 60 minutes duration

Open Book – No

For MSP Foundation, there are no pre-requisites for the examination.

The foundation examination is not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

Yes, you have Online (Instructor Led Web Based) & Classroom Training Program Available for MSP Foundation


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