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COURSE INTRODUCTION

  • Course objectives
  • What is MSP?
  • The MSP examination requirements

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

  • Changing vs Running the business
  • Difference between programme & projects
  • The programme environment
  • Drivers for change
  • Types of programme
  • When to use a programme approach

PROCESSES & PROGRAMME INFORMATION

  • Sequence of processes in the programme lifecycle (‘transformational flow’)
  • Key inputs and outputs of each process
  • Purpose of each process
  • Key activities associated with each process

PROGRAMME ORGANISATION

  • Differences between leadership and management
  • Typical programme organisation structures
  • Key responsibilities and attributes of the keyprogramme roles
  • Functions of a programme office

LEADERSHIP & STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

  • Stakeholder management vs Engagement
  • Stakeholder analysis – Interests and influence
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Programme communications plan

PLANNING & CONTROL

  • Development of a programme plan and projects dossier
  • Tranches vs Workstreams
  • Dependency types and priorities
  • Controlling projects and transition
  • Resource management
  • Monitoring and control strategy

THE BUSINESS CASE

  • Programme mandate and the outline business case
  • Business case in the transformational flow
  • Elements of the business case
  • Areas of focus of the key MSP roles
  • BENEFITS MANAGEMENT
  • Importance to programme management
  • The benefits management cycle
  • Benefits identification and categorisation
  • Benefit mapping and profiling
  • Benefits management strategy and realisation plan
  • Areas of focus
  • VISION
  • Vision statement development
  • Characteristics of a good vision statement
  • Areas of focus
  • BLUEPRINT DESIGN & DELIVERY
  • The POTI model
  • Intermediate and final future states
  • Areas of focus
  • RISK & ISSUE MANAGEMENT
  • Purpose of risk management strategy and issue management strategy
  • Risk management cycle
  • Programme and project level risk escalation
  • Issue management cycle
  • Configuration management
  • Change control
  • Areas of focus
  • QUALITY & ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT
  • Quality versus assurance
  • Scope of programme quality
  • Integrated assurance principles
  • Assurance management techniques
  • MOCK EXAM SIMULATOR
  • Randomised MSP Foundation level exam questions

What’s Included

  • 12 months online access to the accredited MSP Foundation course
  • Full tutor support plus many additional materials to help put MSP into practice
  • MSP Foundation mock exam revision tool
  • MSP Process
  • Online exam with remote invigilation

  

Target Audience

The course is aimed at anyone who aims wants to achieve the MSP Foundation level qualification.

  • Newly appointed Programme Managers who may have a background in managing projects but have not previously operated in a transformational change environment
  • Senior Managers who will ‘sponsor’ the change, or perhaps be held accountable for its success
  • Operational Managers charged with embedding the change in their area
  • Operational staff undertaking a role in the programme or related projects
  • Programme office staff (PMO) wishing to build upon their project management knowledge
  • Experienced Project Managers
  • Those seeking a professional qualification in programme management.

Accreditations

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions per paper with 1 mark available per question
  • 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) – 50%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book

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