What is MSP®?

MSP® is a proven programme management good practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management.

MSP® defines programme management as “the action of carrying out the coordinated organisation, direction and implementation of a dossier or projects and transformational activities to achieve outcomes and realise benefits of strategic importance to the business”.

MSP® Programme Management has been used and adopted within many organisations both within the public and private sectors. The experiences of those who have adopted programme management have provided invaluable inputs into the latest edition of the guide, which was published in 2007.

Today’s organisations exist in a climate of constant and increasing change. Organisations that have learned how to transform themselves through effective leadership and strategic control are more likely to survive and prosper. Programme management is increasingly being recognised as key to enabling organisations to manage that transformation.

Where there is major change there will be complexity, risk, many interdependencies to manage and conflicting priorities to resolve. Experience shows that organisations are likely to fail to deliver change successfully where:

  • There is insufficient board-level support
  • Leadership is weak
  • There are unrealistic expectations of the organisational capacity and capability to change
  • There is insufficient focus on benefits
  • There is no real picture of the future capability
  • There is a poorly defined or poorly communicated vision
  • The organisation fails to change culture
  • There is insufficient engagement of stakeholders.
  • Adopting a programme management approach such as MSP® provides a structured framework that can help organisations avoid these pitfalls and achieve their goals.

MSP® Programme Management defines the roles and responsibilities of all who need to form part of the leadership of a programme. Effective leadership of a programme is achieved through informed decision-making and a flexible management regime. The key roles involved are:

  • Sponsoring Group
  • Senior Responsible Owner
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Change Managers
  • Programme Office.

MSP® Programme Management training courses.

MSP Training Courses

MSP® Foundation Course

The MSP® Foundation Course covers the whole of the syllabus of the MSP® Foundation Level and prepares participants for the MSP® Foundation examination. This is a three day course, delivered as a classroom event and is designed for people who require a general level of MSP® understanding. The Foundation examination can be taken on the afternoon of the third day.

MSP® Practitioner Course

The MSP® Practitioner Course provides an opportunity to learn how MSP® can be applied to real life programmes and prepares participants for the MSP® Practitioner examination. This is a two-day classroom based course, mainly aimed at Programme Managers, experienced Project Managers, Programme Support Team members and Senior Managers from any discipline. The Practitioner examination can be taken on the afternoon of the second day.

MSP® Advanced Practitioner Course

The MSP® Advanced Practitioner Course provides an opportunity to apply the concepts of MSP® to a scenario and develop the ability to adapt and apply the approach in an appropriate way to a set of circumstances described in a complex case study. It also prepares participants for the MSP® Advanced Practitioner examination. This is a two-day classroom based course, mainly aimed at Programme Managers and aspiring Programme Managers. The Advanced Practitioner examination can be taken on the afternoon of the second day.

MSP® Overview Course

The MSP® Overview Course provides delegates with a guide on how MSP® might be used to implement changes. This one day event provides an introduction to the MSP® best practice method focusing on the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to programme management.

MSP® Senior Management Session

The MSP® Senior Management Session is designed for Decision-Makers and Senior Executives, especially those involved in introducing major change initiatives who require an understanding of the MSP® Programme Management Best Practice. This is a half-day session focusing in particular into the Principles and the various Governance Themes.

MSP® Customised Case Study

The Customised Case Study will tailor the training programme to the exact needs of your company. A customised Case Study can be used to demonstrate the practical application of MSP® in your company. Our approach in tailoring services is based on experience in delivering courses for many types and sizes of organisations worldwide.
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MSP® Programme Management training courses.