Managing Successful Programmes, MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Workshop

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Price (ex vat): £1855

    PrintDURATION: 4 days
    TIME: 09:00 to 17:00 GMT

    Suitable for programme managers, experienced project managers, programme support team members and senior managers from any discipline.
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    About Managing Successful Programmes, MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Workshop

    Managing Successful Programmes MSP®

    It was officially launched in 1999, MSP® is a guide that provides and maintains a strategic view over the set of projects, aligning and coordinating them within a programme of business change in support of specific business strategies.

    MSP Target Audience

    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 OGC Managing Successful Programmes method is flexible and adaptable for any type and size of programme where a business “vision” is the required outcome.

    Course 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.



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


    • 2 hour and 30 minute
    • Open book MSP® manual only
    • 8 scenario based objective test questions

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    Course Includes

    • Pre-course materials
    • Official course handbooks
    • Supporting stationary
    • Exams and fees
    • Certificate on passing the exams


    To gain a high level formal qualification in Project Management.

    Course Objectives

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

    • Understand the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to programme management.
    • 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.
    • Understand the MSP® framework to be prepared to sit the APM Group/OGC MSP™ Foundation & Practitioner examinations.

    MSP Practitioner Course Content

    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.


    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 Foundation and Practitioner papers for delegates to practice with.

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

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