Programme Management - Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)
Through this website you can access information about the 'Managing Successful Programmes' - usually known as MSP, the best practice methodology for programme management.
IT Governance is also the industry leader for information, books, critical management resources, manuals, training resources and distance learning products that are related to MSP.
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Delivering on an organisation's strategic goals can often be complex, thus using programme management principles can useful in achieving these goals, by breaking down the individual tasks into groups (programmes) and then into smaller chunks (projects). But how do you manage and organise programmes?
The answer is simple, using a best practice method such as MSP.
What Can MSP Deliver?
MSP is a best practice method for programme management that enables organisations to coordinate, direct, implement and manage a portfolio of projects that deliver a desired outcome.
Plan projects to support the programme
Deliver projects on time and on budget
Define responsibilities and lines of communication
Break down initiatives into clearly defined projects and offer a framework for handling them
Involve interested stakeholders
Manage risk and ensure the programme responds to change
Audit and maintain quality
MSP is designed to be used with the UK Cabinet Office's other PPM methodologies, PRINCE2®, M_o_R®, MoV®, MoP® and P3O®.
How Does MSP Work?
MSP is design to work along side the other PPM methodologies in the Cabinet Office suite of methods. But how does it specifically work?
It will help you to:
Develop a clear view of the programme's aims and identify its benefits
Define the programme and show how it will affect and change the organisation
Create a strong framework for monitoring and coordinating the various projects within the programme
Ensure the programme moves forward
Manage the impact of the programme on the organisation
Close the programme, ensuring it has achieved its ends and its successes are acknowledged
Who Uses MSP?
MSP is a widely applicable methodology for programme management. It is used globally in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Below is a list of some of the organisations using the methodology:
MSP Resources for Individuals and Organisations
The core resource for MSP is, of course, the 2011 edition of the MSP manual, Managing Successful Programmes - 2011 Edition (which is available in softcover, Adobe eBook and annual online subscription formats).
MSP Qualifications and Distance Learning
The APM Group runs the MSP accreditation scheme on behalf of the UK Cabinet Office. There are currently three levels of MSP qualification, these are:
MSP Advanced Practitioner
Examinations take place at Accredited Training Organisation training events worldwide or at APM Group open centres in the UK. MSP exams can also be sat at certain branch offices of the British Council worldwide.
All MSP Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners have to re-register their qualifications with APM Group every three to five years to maintain their qualifications by sitting a Re-Registration exam.
Select MSP Training Provider
Preparation for the MSP exams can be done either through an accredited training provider (you can find a suitable course with an accredited training provider through our Gateway to Learning Service - MSP Courses) , or through the use of one of the accredited MSP distance learning tools available from this site.