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  • MSP Foundation & Practitioner 5 Day

MSP® | Foundation & Practitioner (5 Day)


Quick Overview

Any organisation or individual seeing the need for a controlled approach to managing its programmes. The event is suitable for programme managers, experienced project managers, programme support team members and senior managers from any discipline.

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Officially launched in 1999, "Managing Successful Programmes" (MSP®) is a guide that provides and maintains a strategic view over the set of projects, aligning and co-ordinating them within a programme of business change in support of specific business strategies.

What Are The Course Objectives?

The key objectives of the MSP® Foundation & Practitioner course are:

  • Provide Delegates with an understanding of the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to programme management
  • Apply the principles of MSP® to a programme within a work environment
  • Operate effectively with colleagues and managers within a structured programme and project management environment
  • Enable delegates to understand the MSP® framework to be prepared to sit the APM Group MSP® Foundation and Practitioner exams

Success in the Foundation & Practitioner Exams provides candidates with the pre-requisites required to sit the MSP® Advanced Practitioner exam (separate course - please see MSP Advanced Practitioner course).

What Is The Course Approach?

The courses include a mixture of input and practical sessions, delivered by an APM Group approved trainer with practical experience of project and programme management.

The pre-course material includes SPOCE's highly acclaimed event preparation CD and the MSP® Manual. Delegates should spend approximately 10 hours studying this pre-course material in order to be well prepared for the course.

Course Content

MSP® INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW - What is a programme? What is programme management? MSP® Structure.

MSP® FRAMEWORK AND CONCEPTS - Principles, governance themes, transformational flow, management strategies and plans.

VISION - What is a 'vision'? What makes a good Vision Statement?

IDENTIFYING A PROGRAMME - Programme Mandate. Linking to Policy and Strategy. Preparing a Programme Brief. Planning to Define the Programme.

BLUEPRINT DESIGN AND DELIVERY - What is a Blueprint, and what does it contain? Developing a Blueprint from the Vision Statement.

DEFINING A PROGRAMME - Creating a Programme Definition Document (including the Project Dossier, the Programme Plan and the Programme Business Case).

PLANNING AND CONTROL - What is a Programme Plan and how is it developed? The Project Dossier. Resourcing and scheduling.

BENEFITS REALISATION MANAGEMENT - The key driver for the programme. How benefits realisation links to achieving strategic objectives. Outcome relationship models and Benefit Maps. Planning for benefits realisation.

ORGANISATION AND THE PROGRAMME OFFICE - Organisation and leadership. Organisational structure, the key roles and their responsibilities. What is a Programme Office and what service does it provide?

THE BUSINESS CASE - Developing, managing and reviewing the programme's Business Case.

LEADERSHIP AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT - Leadership as opposed to management. How 'leaders' actively engage stakeholders. Analysing and engaging with stakeholders. Stakeholder maps and matrices.

MANAGING THE TRANCHES - Implementing governance arrangements. Establishing tranches. Managing risks and issues.

DELIVERING THE CAPABILITY AND REALISING THE BENEFITS - Co-ordinating and managing projects on the Project Dossier. Starting and closing projects. Maintaining alignment with the programme. Ensuring that project outputs are fit for purpose and can be integrated into operations, so that benefits can be realised. Pre-transition, transition and post transition activities.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT - Critical Success Factors. The scope of programme quality management. Quality processes. Configuration Management. Quality Management Strategy and Plan. Information Management Strategy and Plan.

RISK MANAGEMENT AND ISSUE RESOLUTION - Principles, approach and strategy for managing risks and resolving issues. Managing and controlling changes

CLOSING A PROGRAMME - Formal confirmation of completion. Finalising programme information. Confirming closure.

What examinations are taken on the course?

MSP® Foundation Exam: 1 hour, closed book, 75 multiple -choice questions.

MSP® Practitioner Exam: 2½ hours, open book (MSP® manual only) consisting of 8 scenario -based objective test questions.

Additional Information

Lunch Included: Yes (Except London Venues)
Refreshments Included: Yes Master MSP/5D

SPOCE delivers accredited training courses across the country. The following is a list of SPOCE's training venues. Residential accommodation (A) can be arranged at our Bournemouth venue. Refreshments (R) are provided at all venues. Lunch (L) is also provided at all venues except London.

Birmingham (L,R) - Hallmark Hotel - Strathallan, 225 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 9RY

Bournemouth (A,L,R) - Hallmark - West Cliff, Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5JS

Fareham (R) - IPSO, Forum 3, Solent Business Park, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7FH

Fleet (L,R) - GBS Corporate, Ancells Business Park, Oakmere, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 2UT

Leeds (L,R) - Jurys Inn, Brewery Place, Brewery Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1NE

London (R) - SPOCE, 2nd Floor, New London House, 6 London Street, London, EC3R 7LP

Manchester (L,R) - Cheadle House, Royal Crescent, Cheadle, Stockport, SK8 3FS

Nottingham (L,R) - Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3SS

Oxford (L,R) - Oxford Witney Four Pillars, Olney House, Ducklington Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4EX

Southampton (L,R) - The Learning Centre, 14 Annealing Close, Eastleigh, Hants, SO50 9PX

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