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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® 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 core publication, “Managing Successful Programmes”.
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® 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:
Senior Responsible Owner
Business Change Managers
The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:Frameworks and Concepts
These define an organisation’s approach to programme management. They allow an organisation to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organisation structures and controls, giving the best chance for success
Provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits.
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 organization’s 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.
Align corporate strategy, delivery mechanisms for change and the business-as-usual environment.
Continually monitor progress, assess performance and realize benefits.
Apply a common framework of understanding for all programmes.
Add value by focusing on benefits.
Encourage feedback in order to refine future strategies based on evidence from programmes.
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 prerequisite for the practitioner certification. Exam Format
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
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. Exam Format
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).
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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) represents proven programme management good practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management.