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Managing Successful
Programmes (MSP®)

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About the course

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The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) course provides guidance on the principles, processes and tools used to manage Programmes in any environment. It is necessarily less detailed and prescriptive than the equivalent for projects (PRINCE2®) and at its highest level, demands much more of the practitioner. With this in mind the course design and breakdown reflects the need for those who wish to gain qualifications in MSP, to demonstrate increasingly higher levels of competence.

There are three principal levels which are organised on a flexible basis to suit the different demands of different students. The course content is based on the official TSO MSP Manual and is delivered by a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and tutorial exercises all of which are bound together by a Programme theme. The course follows the MSP Programme management framework. MSP is the recognised “Best Practice” model for Programme management in the UK.

* BMC is proud to have a 100% pass rate on our MSP courses so far this year (2018). Our 2017 pass rate was 95%*

Recent reviews:
February 2018 – “A well structured course.”
December 2017 –  “Excellent course run by one of the best instructors I have come across. Good admin support.”
“Found the course really beneficial and the small class size was a plus.”
“Excellent teaching, covering both the MSP elements fully and exam technique.”
October 2017 – 100% of delegates say they “would recommend the course to friends/colleagues”.
June 2017 – [Alan] “superbly conveyed his vast experience and knowledge. Engaging instructor”
March 2017 – “Really enjoyed Bill’s affable and friendly style. Lovely man”

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Who should take the course?

  • Anyone wishing to move into a role within Programmes
  • Policy and Strategy developers looking for expert ways to understand policy deployment using outcome influenced delivery methods
  • Members of executive management boards responsible for commissioning change management within organisations and appointing senior responsible owners
  • Anyone with accountability or steering of projects within specific Programmes
  • Anyone with accountability or responsibility for assurance roles
  • Management consultants and service providers supporting or working with clients
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Benefits – individual?

The course is designed to help any individual coming into Programme Management gain the relevant theory and understanding. Delegates receive training in managing a complex change environment, including different aspects of risk management, identification and engagement of stakeholders, identification and evaluation of benefits and preparing for transition.

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Benefits – organisation?

MSP is beneficial to organisations keen to achieve the orderly management of change in a programme environment. The course includes particular focus on transition and benefits realisation, including:

  • Assessing performance, monitoring progress, and realising benefits on a continual basis.
  • Applying a common framework of understanding for all programmes.
  • Delivery mechanisms for change and the business-as-usual environment and alignment with corporate strategy.
  • Testing benefits in order to add value
  • Encouraging feedback in order to refine future strategies based on evidence from programmes.
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The Foundation examination requires three days of formal instruction and runs from Monday to Wednesday.

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The Practitioner examination requires two days of formal instruction from Wednesday – Thursday. The examination is carried out on Friday morning. Delegates must have achieved a 50% pass in the 40-minute Foundation exam to be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam.

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The Foundation & Practitioner Integrated course fee includes the cost of the Foundation and Practitioner examinations and also the official TSO MSP manual.
Delegates must have achieved a pass (50%) in the Foundation exam to be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam.

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Key Features

Introduction & Overview

  • Delivering Change
  • The Programme management framework
  • The difference between Programmes and Projects
  • Managing the change process
  • Programme Governance Themes
  • Organisation
  • Benefits realisation management
  • Leadership & Stakeholder engagement
  • Risk management & Issue resolution
  • Programme Monitoring and Control
  • Business case management
  • Quality Management
  • Programme Transformational Flow
  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing the Tranches
  • Delivering the Capability
  • Realising the Benefits
  • Closing a Programme

A pre-course study pack with textbook is sent out by courier upon receipt of payment. This represents approximately 20hrs work in the form of exercises and reading.

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Success Series

For delegates wanting to take Managing Successful Programmes as part of the Success Series, ‘Success in Deploying Business Strategy’ should be booked.  The Bristol Management Success Series gives our delegates the option to work towards a CMI Level 7 (MBA-level) Award at no additional cost to the chosen qualification.

All delegates using ELC funding should note that if they select this option, they are required to attempt the Level 7 Award, which involves an element of additional independent study and completion of one assignment of c. 3,500 words, in order to satisfy ELCAS that they have completed the course..

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