Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) certification
What is Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)?
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) was developed by AXELOS (the owners of the PRINCE2 method). MSP is a best-practice program management framework. It was designed to help align programmes and their constituent projects with organisational strategy.
MSP focuses on the delivery of beneficial outcomes. It mitigates much of the risk inherent to large, complex programmes by turning large enterprise-wide initiatives into a series of more manageable inter-related projects.
The MSP framework is incredibly flexible and can be tailored to suit any programme context.
What is MSP made up of?
MSP is composed of 5 different elements:
- MSP Principles are the thoughts and ideas which help keep MSP programmes consistent and productive. They are derived from lessons learned from previous programme experiences and underpin the success of any transformational change. When making decisions using the MSP framework, you can be confident that your choices are supported by decades of experience.
MSP Governance Themes
- The MSP Governance Themes helps organisations pick the right leadership team and help ensure that all required controls and in place, mitigating risks and giving you the best chance of success. They are used to guide decision-making and planning.
MSP Transformational Flow
- The MSP Transformational Flow describes what must be done at every step in the programme management lifecycle, guiding programme managers from conception through to the delivery of benefits.
MSP official guidance
- Managing Successful Programmes (5th ed.)
- A comprehensive certification scheme, including MSP Foundation and MSP Practitioner certifications.
When do organisations need to use MSP?
A programme is designed as a temporary, flexible structure created to coordinate a set of related projects. While small projects might be completed in a single day, programmes are likely to have a lifespan of several years.
To treat an initiative as a programme there must be a justification for introducing a layer of management between corporate portfolio management and project management.
Programmes often have the following characteristics:
- They meet an important strategic need, and as such, require high-level leadership and direction.
- They rely on the output of multiple smaller projects, each requiring a unique set of personnel, skills, and tools.
The need for an enterprise-wide initiative or change programme is often driven by:
- A new policy initiative or change in organisational culture
- The need to ensure compliance with new legislation, laws, and regulations
- An effort to adapt to new, industry-changing technologies.