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 MSP framework is based on three core concepts:
- MSP Principles. These are derived from positive and negative lessons learned from programme experiences. They are the common factors that underpin the success of any transformational change
- MSP Governance Themes. These define an organization's approach to programme management. They allow an organization to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organization structures and controls, giving the best chance for success
- MSP Transformational Flow. This provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits.
What are the benefits of using MSP?
- 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.
- Utilize best practice in programme management to successfully deliver transformational change.
- Carry out the coordinated organization, direction and implementation of a dossier of projects and transformation activities to achieve outcomes and realize benefits of strategic importance to the business.
- Manage the transition of the solutions developed and delivered by projects into the organizations operations, whilst maintaining performance and effectiveness.
- Encourage realistic expectations of the organizational capacity and ability to change.
- Lead business transformation accommodating high levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk
The purpose of the foundation level is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or act as an informed member of a Programme office team, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP. The foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification.
- Multiple choice
- 75 questions per paper with 1 mark available per question
- 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
- 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
- 60 minutes duration
- Closed book.
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.
- Objective testing
- 8 questions per paper
- 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
- Two-and-a-half hours duration
- Open-book (only the MSP Guide is allowed).
The purpose of the advanced practitioner level is to confirm you could lead a programme of transformational change.
- Essay based
- up to 3 questions per paper, 75 marks available in total
- 38 marks required to pass (out of 75 available) - 50%
- Three hours duration
Open-book (other material in the form of course notes, examples, copies of presentations, etc. can be used during this examination but no electronic aids, such as laptops, may be used).
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