This three-day course covers the MSP Foundation syllabus, including the following topics:
MSP® Introduction and Overview – What is a programme? What is programme management? Terminology? Structure of MSP®
MSP® Framework and Concepts – Principles, governance themes, transformational flow, management strategies and plans.
Vision – What is a ‘vision’? What makes a good Vision Statement? Identifying a Programme; Programme Mandate. Linking to Policy and Strategy. Preparing a Programme Brief. Planning to Define the Programme.
Blueprint Design and Delivery – What is a Blueprint, and what does it contain? Developing a Blueprint from the Vision Statement.
Defining a Programme – Creating a Programme Definition Document (including the Project Dossier, the Programme Plan and the Programme Business Case).
Planning and Control – What is a Programme Plan and how is it developed? The Project Dossier. Resourcing and scheduling.
Benefits Realisation Management – The key driver for the programme. How benefits realisation links to achieving strategic objectives. Outcome relationship models and Benefit Maps. Planning for benefits realisation.
Organisation and the Programme Office – Organisation and leadership. Organisational structure, the key roles and their responsibilities; What is a Programme Office and what service does it provide.
The Business Case – Developing, managing and reviewing the programme’s Business Case.
Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement – Leadership as opposed to management. How ‘leaders’ actively engage stakeholders. Analysing and engaging with stakeholders. Stakeholder maps and matrices.
Managing the Tranches – Implementing governance arrangements. Establishing tranches. Managing risks and issues.
Delivering the Capability and Realising the Benefits – Co-ordinating and managing projects on the Project Dossier. Starting and closing projects. Maintaining alignment with the programme; Ensuring that project outputs are fit for purpose and can be integrated into operations, so that benefits can be realised. Pre-transition, transition and post-transition activities.
Quality Management – Critical Success Factors. The scope of programme quality management. Quality processes. Configuration Management. Quality Management Strategy and Plan. Information Management Strategy and Plan.
Risk Management and Issue Resolution – Principles, approach and strategy for managing risks and resolving issues; Managing and controlling changes in programmes.
Closing a Programme – Formal confirmation of completion. Finalising programme information. Confirming closure.
Practical Work - A specially written scenario runs throughout the course from start to finish. A comprehensive set of tasks help provide a practical application. There are also sample exam questions for delegates to practice before sitting the Foundation exam.