Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) is designed to assist organizations in delivering large scale change and provides a best practice approach applicable to any type of organizational programme. It is an internationally accredited qualification and designed to add value to practicing and aspiring programme managers, teaching them more about the leadership required rather than just the management skills.
What Is MSP®
Managing Successful Programmes is a programme management framework for delivering the business benefits required from transformational change, while addressing the need for sensible governance and control over multiple projects.
A programme is made up of a set of projects. Together these will deliver some defined strategic level objectives that will enable benefit realization and a substantial change in the business. The concept of a programme is that it should be more than the sum of its parts.
- The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:
- MSP Principles. These are derived from positive and negative lessons learned from programme experiences. They are the common factors that underpin the success of any transformational change.
- MSP Governance Themes. These define an organization’s approach to programme management. They allow an organization to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organization structures and controls, giving the best chance for success.
- MSP Transformational Flow. This provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and, benefits.
- Effective Planning at programme level
- Focus on outcomes and benefits
- Respond to internal and external change
- Define programme Roles and Responsibilities
- Analyze and engage stakeholders
- Keep the final solution aligned to the set strategic objective
- Focus on the delivery of the business blueprint
- Add value as a programme
- Apply programme assurance and quality
This event targets professionals matching any of the following criteria:
- Project Managers
- Mid-level or senior managers
- PMO Executives
- Business Change Managers
- Programme Support Officers
- Programme Board Members
- Operational Managers
The purpose of the foundation level is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP® guidance to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or act as an informed member of a Programme office team, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP®. The foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification.
- 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
The purpose of the practitioner level is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP® guidance to act as an informed member of a programme management team. This level is also required for programme management professionals progressing toward the advanced practitioner certification, and those aspiring to become programme management professionals in the future.
- Objective testing
- 8 questions per paper
- 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) – 50%
- Two-and-a-half hours duration
- Open-book (only the MSP Guide is allowed)
Advanced Practitioner Examination
The purpose of the advanced practitioner level is to confirm you could lead a programme of transformational change.
- Essay based
- up to 3 questions per paper, 75 marks available in total
- 38 marks required to pass (out of 75 available) – 50%
- Three hours duration
- Open-book (other material in the form of course notes, examples, copies of presentations, etc. can be used during this examination but no electronic aids, such as laptops, may be used)