‘Managing Successful Programmes’ represents proven Best Practice programme management
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) was developed as a best practice guide on Programme Management. The guide comprises a set of Principles and a set of Processes for use when managing a programme. MSP® represents proven programme management best practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management. MSP® is very flexible and designed to be adapted to meet the needs of local circumstances.
The purpose of the practitioner level is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to act as an informed member of a programme management team. This level is also required for programme management professionals progressing toward the advanced practitioner certification, and those aspiring to become programme management professionals in the future.
The practitioner course follows on from the Foundation course, where the method, its philosophy and its terminology are introduced. It focuses on the more intricate aspects of the method. Based on a case study, the method is put into practice through a series of challenging questions that mirror the questions of the exam.
The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars. This time the emphasis is on the seminars where the method is put into practice with the help of case studies. The lectures are designed to remind you how the method operates while the seminars take on the principles and apply them to the case study. The comprehensive course handbook, containing all the course’s slides, is used along with the case study, which most students would have met prior to this course. By assuming familiarisation with the method, the course can proceed at a pace that helps the visualisation of the method’s concepts. Each seminar ends with sample multiple choice questions that prepare us for the certificate examination.
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 Organisation Vision 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
At the end of this course you will be able to:
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
Target Audience This course is aimed at any organisation or individual seeking to understand and adopt a controlled approach to running and supervising its programmes, in particular:
Senior Managers who will ‘sponsor’ the change, or perhaps be held accountable for its success
Operational Managers charged with embedding the change in their area
Operational staff undertaking a role in the programme or related projects
Programme office staff (PMO) wishing to build upon their project management knowledge
Experienced Project Managers
Those seeking a professional qualification in programme management
EXAM & CERTIFICATION
The MSP Practitioner examination takes place at the end of the course, usually on the morning of the last day. The MSP Practitioner exam consists of:
8 questions, each worth 10 marks each. Total of 80 marks
“Objective Test Examination” format – a style of complex multiple-choice examination.
2½ hours duration
Delegates may use their official MSP manual: “Managing Successful Programmes” only
Candidates require a minimum of 40 marks (50%) to pass
Please note that candidates must pass the foundation exam before attempting the practitioner exam.
By successfully passing the practitioner exam, delegates attain ‘Registered Practitioner’ status
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