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Managing Successful Programs Foundation (MSP®)

Length: 3 Days    Cost: $1,895 + GST    Version: Project Management

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About this Course

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) represents proven best practice and a body of knowledge drawn together from many years of real life experiences. It provides a set of principles, governance themes and a transformational flow process that supports those who direct, manage, support and deliver programmes.

MSP offers organisations from all industry sectors a standard, consistent approach to programme management. It provides a framework for executives, senior management and those leading major programmes of work, to better direct the change process whilst ensuring that the focus is maintained upon business objectives and resulting benefits.

Through effective project prioritisation and integration, MSP encourages more efficient use of organisational resources in the various change initiatives. MSP provides for better identification and management of business, programme and ultimately organisational change risk.

Timelines, budgets and quality standards are all managed and controlled more efficiently and effectively using the MSP framework. Roles and responsibilities are also clearly defined, thus eliminating duplication of effort across the organisation, whilst still ensuring that all stakeholders are fully engaged and understand what is to be expected of them in the programme.

MSP does well to enable more effective delivery of change and a much smoother transition from the existing business as usual (BAU) to a future business model. Examples of such programmes are:

  • Mergers
  • New Business Development
  • Business Integrations
  • Multi-Disciplinary IT Integrations
  • Business Remodelling
  • Restructuring
  • Re-Engineering
  • Outsourcing
  • Revitalisation of Corporate Assets

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The MSP Foundation course is designed for:

  • New Programme Managers
  • Project Managers who are moving into Programme Management
  • Change Managers
  • Programme and Project Sponsors
  • Senior Managers and Executives


This course has no prerequisites, however the following would be an advantage:

  • Previous or current experience of working within project or programme environment
  • Received some type of project and or programme management training and development
  • Currently practising as a project or programme manager
  • Currently in a senior enough position to influence or be responsible for business change through projects or programmes

At Course Completion

Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:

  • Be introduced the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Framework
  • Understand how to use Programme Management for successful planning and delivery of such programmes
  • Identify when use the Programme Management framework and approach
  • Appreciate the strategic nature and context of change and what drives such change
  • Recognise the Programme Management environment
  • Work within the principles of Programme Management

Foundation Exam

  • 60 minute 75 question Multiple Choice Question Exam held on day 3
  • Note: 70 questions count towards your exam mark; the other 5 are trial questions only and are not scored
  • Closed book
  • Requires 50% (35 marks) pass to attain Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation Certification

Course Outline

The MSP Foundation course will span the following major areas:

  • The Programme Organisation
  • Vision
  • Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Benefits Management
  • Blueprint Design and Delivery
  • Planning and Control
  • Business Case
  • Risk and Issue Management
  • Quality and Assurance

In addition the MSP Foundation course will also introduce participants to:

  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing the Tranches
  • Delivering the Capability
  • Realising the Benefits
  • Closing the Programme

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