MSP ® Foundation

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Price (ex vat): £999
PrintDURATION: 3 days
TIME: 09:00 to 17:00 GMT

MSP® is a guide that provides and maintains a strategic view over the set of projects, aligning and co-ordinating them within a programme of business change in support of specific business strategies.

About MSP ® Foundation

Officially launched in 1999, “Managing Successful Programmes”, MSP ® Foundation is a guide that provides and maintains a strategic view over the set of projects, aligning and co-ordinating them within a programme of business change in support of specific business strategies.

Is this course for you?

Any organisation or individual seeing the need for a controlled approach to managing its programmes. The event is suitable for programme managers, experienced project managers, programme support team members and senior managers from any discipline. The Managing Successful Programmes method is flexible and adaptable for any type and size of programme where a business “vision” is the required outcome.

Approach

The course is a mixture of input and practical sessions, delivered by an APM Group approved trainer with practical experience of programme management. The pre-course material includes our highly acclaimed event preparation CD, accompanied with a pre-course reading guide. Delegates should spend approximately 10 hours studying this pre-course material in order to be well prepared for the course.

Due to the intense nature of this course, delegates should plan to commit approximately 1 hour each evening during the course for study and review. Our flexible approach to the management of the course means that delegates can choose to return at a later date to complete the Practitioner Exam if they so wish. There will be no further learning required to complete the Practitioner Exam.

Exams

  • 1-hour duration
  • Closed book exam
  • 75 multiple-choice questions

Link to: Acknowledgements

Course Includes

  • Lunch and refreshments excluding London
  • Pre-course materials where relevant
  • Official course handbooks
  • Supporting stationary
  • Exam fees
  • Course Certificate

Aim & Objectives

Aim

To gain a formal qualification in MSP® Project Management at Foundation level.

Course Objectives

By the end of each course you will be in a position to:

  • Apply the principles of MSP® to programmes within a work environment.
  • Operate effectively with colleagues and managers within a structured programme and project management environment.
  • Enable delegates to understand the MSP® framework to be prepared to sit the APM Group/OGC MSP® Foundation exam.

Course Content

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.

“Our MSP® courses are offered in association with SPOCE Project Management Ltd”.

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