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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)

MSP managing successful programmes.

What is MSP Managing Successful Programmes?

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) is a best-practice framework for programme management. When an organization undertakes a large, complex transformational change programme, MSP enables it to break down the overall change into smaller, more manageable inter-related projects.

MSP consists of a set of best practice principles and processes. MSP is flexible and can be tailored to meet different organizations’ needs. It is used in both public and private sector organizations.

MSP is composed of:

Why use MSP?

There are many and varied drivers of organizational change. Technology, competition, legislation, and the environment are common factors which are driving organizations to change. Maintaining the status quo is no longer an option. Businesses which don’t change will go out of business. Governments which fail to meet the expectations of their citizens will face their wrath.

MSP provides a best practice structured framework to implementing organizational change. MSP is complimentary to change management approaches which focus on ensuring staff within an organization engage whilst undergoing a change programme.

MSP Managing Successful Programmes framework

The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:

Principles - These are derived from lessons (both positive and negative) learned from previous programme experiences. They underpin the success of any transformational change.

Governance Themes – Every organization has different governance requirements. Governance themes allow the organization to ensure the right leadership, delivery team, organization structures and controls are put in place, thereby giving the best chance for success.

Transformational Flow - This describes the programme management lifecycle which provides a route through the programme from conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits.

MSP certification

There are 3 levels of MSP certification – Foundation, Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner.

MSP Foundation Certification

MSP Foundation certification confirms you understand the MSP guidance sufficiently to work effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or to act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

The Foundation certification is a prerequisite for the MSP Practitioner certification.

MSP Foundation training

You can gain the MSP Foundation certification by attending an MSP Foundation training course.

Who is it for?

Attend this training if you are:

  • A member of a Programme Office (PO); or,
  • A business change team member; or,
  • A project delivery team member; or,
  • Anyone needing to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP; or,
  • Anyone wishing to pursue higher level certifications (e.g. programme managers, business change managers (BCMs) and senior responsible owners (SROs).

MSP Foundation Exam

The MSP Foundation exam is a 1-hour multiple-choice, closed-book examination.

MSP Practitioner Certification

MSP Practitioner certification confirms you understand the MSP guidance sufficiently to apply it to your own work and can act as an informed member of a programme management team. This certification shows you can apply the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme within an environment that uses MSP.

The Practitioner certification is a prerequisite of the MSP Advanced Practitioner certification.

MSP Practitioner training

You can gain the MSP Practitioner certification by attending an MSP Practitioner training course.

Who is it for?

Attend this training if you are:

  • A project manager; or,
  • A business change manager (BCM); or,
  • A member of a Programme Office (PO); or,
  • An expert or advisor working in a specialist/governance role involved in supporting programmes following the MSP guidance; or,
  • Anyone wishing to pursue higher level certifications (e.g. programme managers and senior responsible owners (SROs); or,
  • Anyone wanting to perform one of the above roles in future.

MSP Practitioner Exam

The MSP Practitioner exam is a 2.5-hour multiple-choice, open-book examination.

MSP Advanced Practitioner Certification

MSP Practitioner certification confirms you can lead and manage a programme of transformational change. In particular, it shows whether you can apply the MSP guidance in a complex programme within an environment that uses MSP.

MSP Advanced Practitioner training

This training is not available.

Who is it for?

Attend this training if you are:

  • A senior responsible owner (SRO); or,
  • A business change manager (BCM); or,
  • A programme manager; or,
  • Leaders or members of a Portfolio or Programme Office.

MSP Advanced Practitioner Exam

The MSP Advanced Practitioner exam is a 3-hour essay-style, open-book examination.

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