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Managing Successful
Programmes (MSP®)

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About the course

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.

Our highly regarded Practitioner and Integrated courses are structured so that the Practitioner exam is taken in the classroom directly after the training element (as per Foundation but at the end of the week). We prefer this approach to the post course online exam booking system as it ensures that the course content is fresh in the mind and enables delegates to leave having completed both the course and examination.

* BMC is proud to have an 89% pass rate at MSP Practitioner level so far this year (as at August 2018). Our 2017 pass rate was 95%.*

Recent reviews:
July 2018 – “Excellent facility and tutoring – very experienced trainer who brought the subject to life.”
“Bill explained the content very well, with good examples to back up the learning and well-paced delivery.”
May 2018 – “Bill was superb! He made what could be an incredibly dry subject into an interesting learning experience.””A really interesting week. The teaching was superb with the right balance of theory and application to the workplace.”
April 2018 – “The tutor was brilliant, patient, knowledgeable and made it interesting – best trainer I’ve ever had.”
“An excellent and engaging trainer with very good knowledge and a clear way of communicating it.”
February 2018 – “A well structured course.”  “Excellent course run by one of the best instructors I have come across. Good admin support.”
“Excellent teaching, covering both the MSP elements fully and exam technique.”

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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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Foundation

The Foundation examination requires three days of formal instruction and runs from Monday to Wednesday.

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Practitioner

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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Integrated

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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