MSP Foundation Flash Cards

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Successful programme organization requires (3 things)?

1. Defined Roles 2. Clear Accountabilities and Responsibilities for each role 3. Management Structures and Reporting arrangements

SRO has access to and credibility with key stakeholders. (T/F)


3 baselines for programme information

1. Boundary - direct & scope of programme 2. Governance - standards & frameworks 3. Management - used to manage delivery of the programme

Which phase confirms the program mandate?

Identifying the program

7 Principles

1. Remaining aligned with corporate strategy 2. Leading change 3. Envisioning and communicating a better future 4. Focusing on the benefits and threats to them 5. Adding value 6. Designing and delivering a coherent capability 7. Learning from experience

9 Governance Themes

1. Programme organization 2. Vision 3. Leadership and stakeholder engagement 4. Benefits management 5. Blueprint design and delivery 6. Planning and control 7. The business case 8. Risk and issue management 9. Quality and assurance management

Scope of Programme Quality (8 areas)

1. Communications management 2. Supply Chain management 3.Standards management 4. Process management 5. Information management 6. Asset management 7. Programme leadership 8.People management

What is programme management?

The action of carrying out the coordinated organization, direction and implementation of a dossier of projects and transformation activities to achieve outcomes and realize benefits of strategic importance to the business

Core MSP principles

leading change, align to corporate strategy, envsioning and communicating the future, focus on benefits and threat to them, learning from experience, designing and deliverying a coherent capability, adding value


Processes and Policies, Organization, Technology and Infrastructure and Management Information

Focused on the ‘how’ and the ‘when’ is management or leadership


Advice and guidance on roles and responsibilities within the programme team is done by

Programme Office

The programme brief defines...

The outline vision, expected benefits, estimates of costs, timescales and risks

First 4 Governance Themes

Programme Organization, Vision, Stakeholder Engagement, Benefit Management

Transformation flow process that has lessons learned

closing the program

A vision is a picture of a _____________________

better future.

Last 5 Governance Themes

Blueprint design and delivery, Planning and Control, Business Case, Risk and Issue Management, Quality and Assurance Management

first theme of MSP Governance

Organization structure

A new operational state acheived after transition of the capability into live operations


Programme Management aligns 3 critical organizational elements

1. Corporate strategy 2. Delivery mechanisms for change 3. Business-as-usual environment

A stakeholder is... ?

Any individual, group or organization that can affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by, a programme

When the work on the vision statement should begin

Program Mandate confirmed and SRO appointed

6th Governance Theme?

Planning and control

4th Governance Theme?

Benefits Management

types of programmes

vision led, emergent, compliance

The Blueprint is...?

A model of the future organization, its working practices and processes, the information it requires and the technology that supports its operations

Definition of a benefit

The measurable improvement resulting from an outcome perceived as an advantage by one or more stakeholders, which contributes towards one or more organizational objectives

4th Principle of MSP

focus on benefits and threat to them

Assurance (definition)

The systematic set of actions necessary to provide confidence to the SRO and stakeholders that the programme remains under control and on track to deliver and that it is aligned with the organization\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

The vision statement is... ?

The outward-facing description of the future state following programme delivery

3rd Governance Theme?

Leadership and stakeholder engagement

The characteristics of the MSP principles are

Universal Self-validating Empowering

7th Governance Theme?

The business case

8th Governance Theme? - 4 steps

Risk and issue management

Risk Management Cycle - 4 steps

1. Identify 2, Assess 3. Plan 4. Implement

Issue Management Cycle - 5 steps

1. Capture 2. Examine 3. Propose course of action 4. Decide 5. Implement

The programme brief is created during...

Identifying a Programme

The programme plan is developed during...

Defining a Programme

Quality (definition)

The totality of features and inherent or assigned characteristics of a product, person, process, service and/or system that bears on its ability to show that it meets expectations or stated needs, requirements or specification

9th Governance Theme?

Quality and assurance management

4 validation tests for a benefit (DOAM)

Description - what precisely is the benefit? Observable outcomes - what verifiable differences? Attribution - where will the benefit arise? Measurement - how and when will achievement be measured?

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