Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) represents proven good practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management. It is a framework whereby large, complex change can be broken down into manageable, inter-related projects.

MSP has been used and adopted by many organisations both within the public and private sectors. 

Why adopt MSP?

Today's organisations exist in a climate of constant and increasing change. Organisations that have learned how to transform themselves through effective leadership and strategic control are more likely to survive and prosper. Programme management is increasingly being recognised as key to enabling organisations to manage that transformation.

Where there is major change there will be complexity, risk, many interdependencies to manage, and conflicting priorities to resolve. Experience shows that organisations are likely to fail to deliver change successfully where:

  • There is insufficient board-level support
  • Leadership is weak
  • There are unrealistic expectations of the organisational capacity and capability to change
  • There is insufficient focus on benefits
  • There is no real picture of the future capability
  • There is a poorly defined or poorly communicated vision
  • The organisation fails to change culture
  • There is insufficient engagement of stakeholders.

Adopting a programme management approach such as MSP provides a structured framework that can help organisations avoid these pitfalls and achieve their goals.

Roles and responsibilities

MSP defines the roles and responsibilities of all who need to form part of the leadership of a programme. Effective leadership of a programme is achieved through informed decision-making and a flexible management regime. The key roles involved are:

  • Sponsoring Group
  • Senior Responsible Owner
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Change Managers
  • Programme Office.

MSP framework

The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:

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.

MSP Governance Themes. These define an organisation's approach to programme management. They allow an organisation to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organisation structures and controls, giving the best chance for success.

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.

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Also available as 5-day combined Foundation/Practitioner course or 2-day Practitioner module on its own

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is for each student to be able to work in a programme, including:
  • Recognise a programme, and how it is different to a project
  • Apply MSP theory into practice
  • Effectively control the start, progress and closure of a programme
  • Integrate the MSP Governance Themes and Transformational Flow into a programme
  • Establish a programme organisation and manage the appropriate stakeholders
  • Apply the Programme Management Principles across the life of the programme
  • Establish a Programme Office to support a programme
  • Conduct a programme Health Check
What You Get
  • Official Practitioner Certificate exam
  • Comprehensive course workbook
  • A3 MSP Process & Flow Charts

NOTE: The course textbook Managing Successful Programmes is not included with the course fee. It is assumed that participants already have this from when they attended the Foundation module.  If you need a new copy of the textbook this can be purchased. Please contact us.

Who should attend

The MSP Practitioner module is intended for those who have already completed MSP Foundation and wish to extend their capability to Practitioner level. The course is ideal for:
  • Senior Executives
  • Programme Sponsors
  • Programme Managers
  • Business Change Managers
  • Programme and Project Management Consultants

The purpose of the practitioner qualification is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to act as an informed member of a programme management team. This level is also required for programme management professionals progressing toward the Advanced MSP Practitioner qualification, and those aspiring to become programme management professionals in the future.

Course contents

Practitioner Course

Day 1

  • Applying MSP to a scenario part 1
  • Applying MSP to a scenario part 2
  • Practitioner exam hints and tips

Day 2

  • Review of the sample practitioner exam
  • Facilitator led study or private study
  • Private study
  • MSP Practitioner Examination

Course fees

Face-to-face classroom training

Course

Fees A$ per person

  • MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Course & Exam (3 days)
  • $1680 + gst
  • MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner Course & Exam (2 days)
  • $1590 + gst
  • MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Combined with Exams (5 days)
  • $2620 + gst

What you get:

  • Official Practitioner Certificate exam
  • Comprehensive course workbook
  • A3 MSP Process & Flow Charts
  • Held in quality CBD hotel with full catering including sit-down lunch each day

NOTE: The course textbook Managing Successful Programmes is not included with the course fee. It is assumed that participants already have this from when they attended the Foundation module.  If you need a new copy of the textbook this can be purchased. Please contact us.

Pre-Requisites

The MSP Foundation Certificate is an essential pre-requisite to achieve the MSP Practitioner Exam.

Exam Structure

  • Objective testing
  • Eight questions per paper, 80 marks available in total
  • 40 marks required to pass - 50%
  • Two-and-a-half hours’ duration
  • Open book (only the MSP Guide is allowed).