MSP Foundation

Course Overview

‘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’.

The main body of the course consists of 11 sessions which covers MoV Principles, Processes and Techniques. It also covers MoV Approach and Implementation, the MoV Environment, Embedding MoV and the MoV Guidance Appendices.

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

Benefits

The MSP guidance benefits the organisation 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 realisation of strategically aligned benefits
  • By helping to correctly manage a programme your organisation 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 organisation’s circumstances
  • The MSP Foundation e-learning is accredited fully prepares you for the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation examination

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.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Course Introduction

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

    Introduction To Programme Management

    • Changing vs Running the business
    • Difference 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

    Programmer Organisation

    • Differences between leadership and management
    • Typical programme organisation structures
    • Key responsibilities and attributes of the key programme 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
    • Business case in the transformational flow
    • Elements of the business case
    • Areas of focus of the key MSP roles

    Benefits Management

    • Importance to programme management
    • The benefits management cycle
    • Benefits identification and categorisation
    • Benefit mapping and profiling
    • Benefits management strategy and realisation plan
    • Areas of focus

    Vision

    • Vision statement development
    • Characteristics of a good vision statement
    • Areas of focus

    Blueprint Design & Delivery

    • The POTI model
    • Intermediate and final future states
    • Areas of focus

    Risk & Issue Management

    • Purpose of risk management strategy and issue management strategy
    • Risk management cycle
    • Programme and project level risk escalation
    • Issue management cycle
    • Configuration management
    • Change control
    • Areas of focus

    Quality & Assurance Management

    • Quality versus assurance
    • Scope of programme quality
    • Integrated assurance principles
    • Assurance management techniques

    Mock Exam Simulator

    • Randomised MSP Foundation level exam questions