Overview

Please Note

This is based on MSP 4th Edition. The 4th Edition is still valid even with the 5th Edition also being available now. It you would prefer the 5th Edition version of this course, please see Managing Successful Programmes: 5th Edition MSP® Foundation (PBPMSPF).

Overview

The foundation course exposes you to global best practice in programme management, broken down into 3 core elements; governance themes, processes and principles. The aim being to support the management of your programme to achieve success and reduce programme failure rates by ensuring you focus on benefit realisation.

The purpose of the foundation qualification is to determine whether you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

Target Audience

Members of a programme office, business change team members, project delivery team members, anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP and those wishing to pursue higher level qualifications (e.g. programme managers, business change managers (BCMs) and senior responsible owners (SROs).

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Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for taking the MSP Foundation exam, however, prior exposure to project/programme management is an advantage.

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Delegates will learn how to

To show understanding of the key principles and terminology within the MSP guidance, being able to:

  • Distinguish between projects and programmes
  • Identify the MSP defined types of programme and their characteristics
  • Explain the benefits of applying the MSP guidance to the management of a programme of transformational change
  • Explain the purpose and areas of focus of the defined roles
  • Explain the purpose of the seven MSP principles, the nine governance themes and the six transformational flow processes
  • Explain the purpose of MSP programme information (documents)
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Outline

The course focuses on understanding the 3 core elements that MSP is built around, with a strong focus on measuring benefits – evidencing the return on investment.

Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of how each of these are applied within a programme lifecycle, supported by documentation, to evidence their use throughout a programme, ensuring your programme is following global best practice guidelines.

7 Principles

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

9 Governance Themes

  • Organization and programme office
  • Vision
  • Leadership and stakeholder engagement
  • Benefits management
  • Blueprint design and delivery
  • Planning and control
  • Business case
  • Risk and issue management
  • Quality and assurance management

6 Transformational flows

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

Examination Format

  • Multiple choice questions
  • 75 questions per paper with one mark available per question
  • Five questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 marks available) - 50%
  • 60 minutes’ duration
  • Closed book
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Why choose QA

  • Our learners have given us an average NPS score of 8.4 out of 10 for our project management training (Jan-Oct 2020)
  • We now offer the new Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®): 5th Edition
  • We are fully accredited by PeopleCert

MSP® Accredited

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