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MSP Foundation & Practitioner

This five-day course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the internationally recognised best practice programme management methodology, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP).

MSP Foundation & Practitioner courses are available in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other cities across the UK.

By the end of this course, you will have the skills to be able to identify and document the vision of a programme, thus aligning it to the strategic aims of the business. You will also be able to coordinate the projects within a programme to ensure the correct application of resources, risk management, issue and change management.

You will also be able to interface with the day to day business to ensure the smooth transition of changes delivered by a programme into business as usual activity and ensure that planned programme benefits are achieved.

The MSP course is suitable for Project Managers who will undertake roles in Programmes.  It is also valuable for Programme Managers, Programme Directors, and those senior managers involved in Business Change.

The course fee includes both exams and the official MSP manual

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Learning Objectives

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

Pre-Requisites

You should ideally have experience of managing or working in programmes prior to attending.

Knowledge of the PRINCE2 project management method is advantageous but by no means mandatory.

Some exposure to a project management method will aid understanding of how the programme works with these projects.

Course Content

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

Exams & Certification

Delegates sit the MSP foundation and practitioner examinations during the course. The MSP Foundation exam consists of:

  • 75multiple choice questions (5 not marked)
  • 1 hour
  • Closed-book
  • Candidates require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass.

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


Pre-Reading

Expect to spend 2 to 4 hours working through pre-course materials. 

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Online Courses

You may prefer an online course if you are looking for a flexible and cost-effective solution. Online courses allow you to study at your own pace, at a time that suits you.

We have the following eLearning options available:

Virtual Classroom

Virtual classrooms provide all the benefits of attending a classroom course without the need to arrange travel and accomodation. Please note that virtual courses are attended in real-time, commencing on a specified date.

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