MSP® Combined (Foundation & Practitioner)
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is an internationally recognised best practice programme management method, which can be tailored to suit any type of working culture and any size or type of programme. MSP is also the de facto standard developed by the UK government for delivering change programmes in the UK. This course will lead you to the much sought after MSP Practitioner qualification.
A copy of the ‘MSP Managing Successful Programmes 2011’ Book will be given to you on day 1 of the course.
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This intensive course is an in-depth study of the MSP method and includes the highly valued Foundation and Practitioner exams.
This course is ideal for any staff involved in programme management roles and wish to gain a qualification, for example; Programme leader; Programme office staff; Business Change Managers; Business Consultants; Operations staff involved in change programmes.
- Apply the MSP framework in a programme environment
- Identify and track benefits
- Appreciate the importance of an orderly transition in a programme environment
- Understand the recommended roles and responsibilities advocated by MSP, such as the Senior Responsible Owner and Business Change Manager
The course relays the importance of an orderly management of change which, in a programme environment, is especially difficult to achieve. In particular, the course will focus on transition (preparing for it, enacting it and then, once it has occurred, realising benefits). A significant focus of the course is on benefits realisation: how claimed benefits must be properly tested for their validity and, if they are valid, how to make more likely the chance of them being realised.
The course will help the delegate to manage a complex change environment. Attendees will appreciate the different perspectives that are germane to risk management, how stakeholders can be identified and engaged, how to prepare for transition and how benefits should be identified and evaluated.
- Detailed review of techniques to take a programme from concept to feasibility and a Programme Brief.
- Definition Programme
- Development of future business models and planning and application to a case study.
- Steps and mechanisms used to enable the programme to flex to external events and keep the programme under control.
- Application of steps and activities required to take the capabilities delivered by the projects to release the benefits.
- Design of case study project portfolio to ensure that they deliver the required capabilities to the change programme.
- Steps in a structured Closure to ensure that the defeat is not snatched from the jaws of victory.
- Identifying and defining, from the case study of a benefits strategy, followed by profiling and modelling their delivery.
- Design an organisational structure for a programme, identifying responsibilities and additional roles that could be required.
- Establishing a viable Vision on which the programme should be based, and developing an optimal end game Blueprint that steers the programme.
- Apply the 4 levels of Risk to the scenario, develop mitigation strategies and a process for resolution of issues.
- Define the contents of a Programme Plan and identify how the programme will be controlled, with associated responsibilities and tools.
- Identify and analyse the stakeholders, profile and map their interests and issues and develop the Communications Plan.
- Look at the challenges for the Business Case in the case study scenario and its use as a control tool.
- Design a Quality Management Strategy for a programme and the issues associated with implementation.
Experience of working in a Programme environment is desirable and those sitting the course are advised to complete the pre-course workbook and reading.
15 hours of pre-course preparation work is required, along with some evening work during the course. Pre-course material will be sent to you 4-6 weeks before the start of the course.
Pre-course reading and post-course support on Quanta Learn, our e-learning portal.
On the afternoon of the 3rd day, you will sit the multiple-choice Foundation exam. The exam is 60 minutes long, containing 75 questions of which 35 correct answers or more are required to pass, and 5 of which are trial questions with no marks. The exam is closed-book.
At the end of the course on day 5 you will sit the Practitioner examination. The objective testing based two-and-a-half hours exam consists of 8 questions, with 80 marks available, 40 marks or more are required to pass. The exam is open-book (only the MSP Guide is allowed).