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® Practitioner (PBPMSPP).

Overview

The practitioner course explores the practical application of MSP to a given exam scenario. You will experience tailoring the methodology to different situations and contexts, whilst ensuring you are in-line with global best practice. The aim being to support the management of different programmes to achieve success and reduce programme failure rates by ensuring you focus on benefit realisation.

The purpose of the practitioner qualification is to determine whether you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to apply it effectively in a given (relatively uncomplicated) scenario, demonstrating your ability to tailor the methodology accordingly.

Target audience

Members of a programme office, business change team members, project delivery team members, 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

You must hold a current MSP Foundation certificate.

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Outline

The course focuses on understanding and applying the 3 core elements that MSP is built around, with a strong focus on measuring benefits – evidencing the return on investment; providing value to the investing organisation.

Throughout the course you will demonstrate applying these core elements within a programme lifecycle, supported by documentation, to evidence their use within a programme, ensuring the programme is following global best practice guidelines.

Applying the 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

Applying the 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

Applying the 6 Transformational flows:

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

Examination Format

  • Objective testing
  • Eight questions per paper, 80 marks available in total
  • 40 marks required to pass - 50%
  • Two-and-a-half hours’ duration
  • Open book exam. Candidates may use the official printed hard copy of the Managing Successful Programmes Guide. The manual may be annotated and tabulated but no sticky notes and loose leaf papers containing additional notes will be allowed.
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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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