Managing Successful Programmes®

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What is MSP®

The MSP® Course presents proven programme management best practice and its successful delivery.

Programme management can be explained as the coordination of the project portfolio and its governance leading to successful results. During the whole process it is necessary to recognize all the business benefits of the strategic importance of programme management. Programme management helps organizations to manage, tailor, and control changes to align the results with pre-determined business strategy objectives.

MSP® methodology is often used by organizations in the public or private sector.

Course objectives:

MSP® methodology is suitable for programmes of all kind or size and can be used everywhere the primary objective is to achieve insight into the business vision.
MSP® allows for example

  • Align corporate strategy, delivery mechanisms for change and the business-as-usual environment.
  • Continually monitor progress, assess performance and realize benefits.
  • Apply a common framework of understanding for all programmes.
  • Add value by focusing on benefits.
  • Encourage feedback in order to refine future strategies based on evidence from programmes.
  • Encourage realistic expectations of the organizational capacity and ability to change.

The Course is designed for:

Programme managers, Programme team members, senior managers.
For those who have more experience, advanced knowledge of English and time for pre-course preparation.

Course information

  MSP® Course
Duration: 5 days (Foundation + Practitioner)
Price: 49.000,- Kč + VAT
PDU: 35

APMG issued Certificate.
The course includes the certification exam.
The course takes place in Prague and offers **** hotel facilities.

Included in the Course:

  • Joining Instructions and Pre-Course Study Guide
  • Computer-Based Training CD ROM
  • OGC publication "Managing Successful Programmes"
  • Course Materials
  • Exams
  • E-certificate
  • Lunch & Refreshments during the Course

Course content:

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

  Other Themes:

Common failures to be found in organizations
• Insufficient support from the Board
• Poor management
• Unrealistic expectations
• Insufficient focus on benefits
• Unrealistic estimates of future possibilities
• Poorly defined and communicated vision
• Failure of the organizations to change the culture
• Insufficient negotiations with third parties.

Definition of roles and responsibilities
• Group sponsors
• Responsible senior
• Programme Manager
• Managers of business changes
• Programme office

MSP® Foundation exam

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions per paper with 1 mark available per question
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
  • 60 minutes duration (75 minutes for non-native speakers)
  • Closed book.

MSP® Practitioner exam

  • In the fifth day of the Course
  • 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).
  • In order to continue onto the Practitioner exam, a pass is required at Foundation

Pre-course preparation

It is recommended to follow the guidance provided for pre-course studying within about 20 hours. An MSP® Manual and Study Guide are included in the course. All materials are in English.

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