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‘Managing Successful Programmes’ represents proven Best Practice programme management and is a framework for successfully delivering large scale, so called, transformational change through a dossier of related projects and related activities to make the change ‘stick’.

Course Overview Course Benefits

Course Overview

About The Course

Whilst not being prescriptive it is very flexible and designed to be adapted to meet the needs of local circumstances. It provides an adaptable route to facilitating change and reaches its ultimate objectives by bringing together the key elements of governance themes, together with transformational flow processes, all underpinned by common sense principles to enable success.

Course Syllabus

COURSE INTRODUCTION

  • Course objectives
  • What is MSP?
  • The MSP examination requirements

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

  • Changing vs Running the business
  • aDifference between programme & projects
  • The programme environment
  • Drivers for change
  • Types of programme
  • When to use a programme approach

PROCESSES & PROGRAMME INFORMATION

  • Sequence of processes in the programme lifecycle (‘transformational flow’)
  • Key inputs and outputs of each process
  • Purpose of each process
  • Key activities associated with each process

PROGRAMME ORGANISATION

  • Differences between leadership and management
  • Typical programme organisation structures
  • Key responsibilities and attributes of the keyprogramme roles
  • Functions of a programme office

LEADERSHIP & STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

  • Stakeholder management vs Engagement
  • Stakeholder analysis - Interests and influence
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Programme communications plan

PLANNING & CONTROL

  • Development of a programme plan and projects dossier
  • Tranches vs Workstreams
  • Dependency types and priorities
  • Controlling projects and transition
  • Resource management
  • Monitoring and control strategy

THE BUSINESS CASE

  • Programme mandate and the outline business case
  • aBusiness case in the transformational flow
  • aElements of the business case
  • aAreas of focus of the key MSP roles
  • BENEFITS MANAGEMENT
  • aImportance to programme management
  • aThe benefits management cycle
  • aBenefits identification and categorisation
  • aBenefit mapping and profiling
  • aBenefits management strategy and realisation plan 
  • aAreas of focus
  • VISION
  • aVision statement development
  • aCharacteristics of a good vision statement
  • aAreas of focus
  • BLUEPRINT DESIGN & DELIVERY
  • aThe POTI model
  • aIntermediate and final future states
  • aAreas of focus
  • RISK & ISSUE MANAGEMENT
  • aPurpose of risk management strategy and issue
  •  management strategy
  • aRisk management cycle
  • aProgramme and project level risk escalation
  • aIssue management cycle
  • aConfiguration management
  • aChange control
  • aAreas of focus
  • QUALITY & ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT
  • aQuality versus assurance
  • aScope of programme quality
  • aIntegrated assurance principles
  • aAssurance management techniques
  • MOCK EXAM SIMULATOR
  • aRandomised MSP Foundation level exam questions

What's Included

  • 12 months online access to the accredited MSP Foundation course
  • Full tutor support plus many additional materials to help put MSP into practice
  • MSP Foundation mock exam revision tool
  • MSP Process 
  • Online exam with remote invigilation

Please note: A Back up CD is available as an optional extra for this product and run inline with the course license period. CDs are non transferable and can only be used by the registered delegate.  

Target Audience

The course is aimed at anyone who aims wants to achieve the MSP Foundation level qualification.

  • Newly appointed Programme Managers who may have a background in managing projects but have not previously operated in a transformational change environment
  • 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.

Accreditations

  • 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

Course Benefits

The MSP guidance benefits the organization and the individual alike. 

Upon completion of the course, you will be a more effective member of a programme team, understanding how your role fits into the wider picture, and how you can help contribute more effectively to the realization of strategically aligned benefits.By helping to correctly manage a programme your organization can reduce the level of risk involved and protect your investment in change. The MSP guidance provides you with the framework to effectively manage transformational change, ensuring it’s governance themes and processes are applied appropriately to suit your organizations circumstances.

The MSP Foundation e-learning is fully accredited and prepares you for the Managing Successful Programmers (MSP) Foundation examination.