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Earn your MSP Foundation certification with the award-winning online training team at Good e-Learning!

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a leading program and project management methodology developed by AXELOS. Using proven best practices and principles, it helps users to break complex programs down into projects that, once completed and combined, create far more value than the sum of each part. Not only can this help businesses enjoy much greater success in pursuing essential goals, but it can also unlock career and networking opportunities for those with MSP certifications. Kickstart your MSP training today!

Who is this course aimed at?

  • Organizations wishing to benefit from MSP’s best practices

  • Prospective and experienced project and program managers hoping to study and become certified in a highly-respected methodology

  • Employees seeking to contribute to or lead MSP program management teams

  • Students hoping to meet the prerequisites for sitting the MSP Practitioner exam

  • Anyone wishing to pass the MSP Foundation exam on their first attempt

What will you learn by taking this course?

  • The concepts, responsibilities, and key facts of the Principles and Governance Themes of MSP

  • The six MSP Transformational Flow Processes

  • How to create and tailor MSP frameworks for real-world organizations

  • The importance of leadership and stakeholder engagement in MSP

  • MSP’s approach to blueprint design and delivery, risk and issue management, and quality and assurance management

  • Everything needed to pass the official MSP Foundation exam

Why should you take this course?

  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a highly respected and widely proven project and program management framework, and MSP certifications are in high demand

  • Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider

  • The course features regular knowledge checks, as well as a practice exam simulator to help students prepare for the official MSP Foundation exam

  • The course includes interactive slides, instructor-led videos, and other online training assets created with help from highly experienced MSP practitioners

  • Passing the MSP Foundation exam is a prerequisite for sitting the MSP Practitioner exam

  • We offer each student 6 months access and a FREE exam voucher, as well as a FREE resit with Exam Pledge (T&Cs apply)

  • This course is fully accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of APMG International

Module 1: Course Overview

Learning Objectives

This module provides an introduction to this Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation course, as well as MSP itself. What is it? What is it used for? What makes MSP so unique?

The module will also outline the learning aims and objectives for the rest of the course.

Module 2: Programme Introduction and Principles

Learning Objectives

This module introduces students to what constitutes a ‘programme’ in an MSP environment. This includes:

Characteristics of MSP programmes and programme management
How different elements in programme management environments relate to each other
The triggers for vision-led, emergent and compliance programmes

Students will learn the three core concepts which make up MSP: ‘Principles’, ‘Governance Themes’ and ‘Transformational Flows’. This module will give particular focus to the Principles, which improve the probability of a programme successfully achieving its objectives. They include:

Remaining aligned with corporate strategy
Learning from experience
Designing and delivering a coherent capability
Adding value
Focusing on benefits and threats to them
Envisioning and communicating a better future
Leading change

Module 3: Governance Themes

Learning Objectives

This module goes into more detail about the nine Governance Themes of MSP:

Organisation
Vision
Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
Benefits Realisation Management
Blueprint Design and Delivery
Planning and Control
The Business Case
Risk Management and Issue Resolution
Quality Management

Students will learn to identify the most important roles in MSP governance: the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO), Programme Manager, Business Change Manager (BCM) and the Programme Office. They will also study the characteristics of MSP strategies and plans.

Module 4: Programme Organisation

Learning Objectives

This module will go into more detail about the roles defined in MSP: the Sponsoring Group, SRO, Programme Board, Programme Manager, BCM(s), Business Change Team and the Programme Office. This will include the typical membership found in the Sponsoring Group and Programme Board, the core functions and two distinct roles of the Programme Office, and the three features of an effectively organised MSP programme.

By the end of the module, students will be able to identify the purpose and responsibilities of the Sponsoring Group, Programme Board, SRO(s), Programme Manager, BCM(s), Business Change Team and Programme Office. They will also be able to recite the purpose of the MSP organisation structure.

Module 5: Vision

Learning Objectives

This module will cover the purpose and content of an MSP ‘Vision Statement’. Students will learn to identify the characteristics of a well-made vision statement and the types of content that they contain.

The module will also cover the main areas of focus for the ‘Vision’ Governance Theme in relation to the SRO(s), Programme Manager and BCM(s).

Module 6: Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

Learning Objectives

This module will cover the topic of stakeholders, the role they play in MSP programmes and how programme managers must interact with them.

As well as the definition of ‘stakeholder’ in the context of MSP, students will learn to identify the purpose of:

The influence/interest matrix
The programme communications plan
The stakeholder map
The stakeholder engagement strategy
Stakeholder profiles
Visioning workshops
The ‘do-nothing vision'

Students will come to understand the importance of stakeholders to a programme and the impact it can have on them, depending on the level and type of stakeholder. The module will also cover the communication process, with students learning the four core elements of successful communication, how to make messages more effective and how to ensure stakeholder participation even with non-participative media.

The module will focus on the Governance Theme of ‘Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement’, as well as how it relates to the roles of SRO(s), Programme Managers, BCM(s) and Programme Offices.

Module 7: Benefits Management

Learning Objectives

This module covers the Benefits Management practices of MSP. Students will learn to identify the four critical validation tests of a ‘benefit’ (DOAM), as well as how benefits are best described using change terms.

Students will also come to understand how to identify the outputs, capabilities, outcomes, benefits and disbenefits in given programmes. They will also learn the purpose and activities of each step of the generic four-step cycle for managing benefits on any programme.

The module will then move on to the purpose of the benefits map and benefits profiles, and the content typically found within them.

By the end of the module, students will be familiar with the main areas of focus for the Governance Theme of ‘Benefits Realisation Management’ in relation to SRO(s), Programme Managers, BCM(s) and Programme Offices. They will also understand the reasons why benefits management can continue beyond the conclusion of a programme.

Module 8: Blueprint Design and Delivery

Learning Objectives

This module covers the design and delivery of blueprints, with particular focus on ‘POTI’ models (Processes, Organisation, Technology and Information).

Students will learn the definition of each element of POTI models, as well as the purpose and types of content typically found in MSP blueprints. They will also learn the specific purposes of tranches and work streams.

The module will also focus on the Governance Theme of ‘Blueprint Design and Delivery’, and how it relates to SRO(s), BCM(s), Programme Managers and Programme Offices.

Module 9: Planning and Control

Learning Objectives

This module covers the importance of programme planning and programme control. Students will look at the definition of ‘resources’ in MSP and how they relate to the Governance Theme of ‘Planning and Control’. The module will also cover the roles of SRO(s), Programme Managers, BCM(s) and Programme Offices in relation to Planning and Control.

Students will learn the purpose of monitoring and controlling strategy, programme plans, projects dossiers, resource management plans and resource management strategies, as well as the content that is typically found in project dossiers. They will come to understand the ways in which live projects are monitored, and the three types of dependencies that must be managed during a programme.

Module 10: Business Case

Learning Objectives

This module focuses on the ‘Business Case’ Governance Theme. Students will learn to identify the purpose and types of content found in a typical business case, as well as the questions which it must be able to answer during the life cycle of a programme. The different types of programme costs will also be identified and explained.

Students will also focus on the roles played by SRO(s), Programme Managers, BCM(s) and Programme Offices in relation to the Business Case Governance Theme.

Module 11: Risk and Issue Management

Learning Objectives

This module covers the Governance Theme of ‘Risk Management and Issue Resolution’. Students will learn to define ‘risk’, ‘issue’ and ‘configuration item’, while also learning the defined risk responses of MSP. They will also become familiar with the three perspectives associated with managing programme issues and risks.

By the end of the module, students will be able to identify descriptions of:

Impact
Probability
Proximity
Risks (including causes, events and effects of threats and opportunities)
Defined risk responses
Typical sources of risks and issues

Students will also be able to identify the purpose of:

Programme and issue management
Issue registers
Issue management strategies
Probability impact grids
Summary risk profiles
Progress reporting
Risk management strategies
Risk registers
Risk owners
Risk actionees

The roles of SRO(s), Programme Managers, BCM(s) and Programme Offices in relation to Risk Management and Issue Resolution will also be covered.

Module 12: Quality and Assurance Management

Learning Objectives

This module looks at how MSP practitioners can ensure that programmes are delivered with optimum quality. This will include a look at auditing, as well as the effectiveness of measurements, assurance reviews, P3M3 maturity assessments and gated reviews.

By the end of the module, students should be able to identify the purpose and scope of:

Programme quality and assurance
Information management plans
Information management strategies
Quality and assurance plans
Quality and assurance strategies
Asset management
Configuration management
Programme quality management
Project quality management

Students will also cover the roles of SRO(s), Programme Managers, BCM(s) and Programme Offices in relation to the MSP Governance Theme of Quality Management.

Module 13: Transformational Flow

Learning Objectives

This module focuses on the six MSP Transformational Flow Processes. Students will learn the name and sequencing of each process, as well as the three distinct sets of activities undertaken during the ‘Realising the Benefits’ Transformational Flow Process:

Manage pre-transition
Manage transition
Manage post-transition

The module will highlight the reasons for:

Identifying and defining a programme
Managing the tranches
Delivering the capability
Realising the benefits

By the end of the module, students will know the purpose and types of content found in the programme mandate, programme brief and the programme definition document. They will also learn the purpose of the programme preparation plan and project brief. Finally, students will know the tests for programme closure and the reasoning behind the Transformational Flow Process of ‘Closing a Programme’.

Practice Exam Simulators

Learning Objectives

Here, we offer students the chance to put into practice what they have learned so far. These exams are designed to simulate the official MSP Foundation examination and offer students the questions with rationale to review the key points covered.

When you feel you are ready to sit the exam, simply contact Good e-Learning to request your FREE exam voucher.

In order to achieve your MSP Foundation certification, you will need to pass the MSP Foundation examination. Earning an MSP Foundation certification is also a prerequisite for sitting the MSP Practitioner examination.

You can take the exam online (virtually) using a service provided by PeopleCert.

This course comes with mock exams to help students prepare for the real thing, a FREE exam voucher, and is eligible for exam pledge (a free resit on us!) - That's how confident we are that you'll pass first time!

Before booking your exam, it will be a good idea to make sure that your device meets the technical requirements. You can do so via this online test. This test will examine the suitability of your webcam, microphone and internet connection. Please visit the PeopleCert website for more information and guidance.

When you are ready to use your free exam voucher, simply contact support@goodelearning.com. Exam voucher requests are typically processed within 2 working days but please allow up to 5. Students must request their exam voucher within the course access period which starts from the date of purchase. For more information, please visit our Support & FAQs page.

MSP Foundation exam:

  • This is a multiple choice exam consisting of 75 questions

  • There is a time limit of 60 minutes to complete the exam

  • The exam is closed book, with only the provided materials being permitted for use

  • The pass mark for the exam is 50%: you must get 35 out of 70 questions correct

  • In countries where English is a second language, the time allocated for the exam is extended to 75 minutes

What is Managing Successful Programmes?

'Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)' is a program and project management framework. It offers flexible yet comprehensive best practices for planning, instigating, managing, and concluding successful programs, breaking them down into more manageable projects with clearly defined goals.

How does MSP work?

MSP works by breaking down large and complex programs into more manageable projects. It also provides non-prescriptive best practices for program management which can be used and adapted in virtually any industry, sector, or location.

What does the MSP certification path look like?

The MSP certification path starts with MSP Foundation, before moving on to MSP Practitioner and, finally, MSP Advanced Practitioner.

How can MSP benefit businesses?

MSP is flexible and adaptive enough to suit almost any organization or program. It also clarifies goals, lines of communication, and roles, enabling streamlined decision making and making it easier to complete programs on time and within budget.

Practitioners also continually assess their projects for the sake of risk management and ensuring focus.

Who can use MSP?

Due to its adaptable and non-prescriptive nature, almost any organization can use MSP. An MSP qualification can also be highly useful for aspiring or experienced project managers.

What is AXELOS?

AXELOS is a joint venture company that owns and updates several leading best practice frameworks, including MSP, AgileSHIFT, ITIL 4 and PRINCE2.

What are the prerequisites for MSP Practitioner?

In order to sit the MSP Practitioner exam, a student must first earn their MSP Foundation certification.

What do I need to know about the MSP exams?

The MSP Foundation exam is closed book and has 75 multiple-choice questions. It lasts 60 minutes (75 in countries where English is not the native language). The pass mark is 50%.

The MSP Practitioner exam is open book and has 8 questions. The exam lasts 150 minutes and the pass mark is 50%.

What other frameworks can complement MSP?

MSP can be used alongside several other frameworks, including ITIL 4 and PRINCE2.

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