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MSP® - Managing Successful Programs

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Course: APM001 Foundation 3 Days  ¥10,500;   Exam ¥2,800
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Course Description

Program Management is the process, tools and techniques for managing a collection of projects to achieve specific organization objectives in alignment with the vision. MSP® (Managing Successful Programs) represents proven program management good practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of program management.

MSP defines program management as "the action of carrying out the coordinated organization, direction and implementation of a dossier of projects and transformational activities to achieve outcomes and realize benefits of strategic importance to the business".
Today's organizations exist in a climate of constant and increasing change. Organizations that have learned how to transform themselves through effective leadership and strategic control are more likely to survive and prosper. Program management is increasingly being recognized as key to enabling organizations to manage that transformation. MSP has been used and adopted within many organizations both within the public and private sectors. MSP is very flexible and designed to be adapted to meet the needs of local circumstances.

Course Benefits

MSP has been implemented in the public and private sectors because it provides a number of benefits to the organizations undertaking programs, including:

  • Provides a common framework for all parties to work within - including the Client, Contractors and stakeholders
  • Strong emphasis on the identification and realization of measurable benefits
  • Strong Stakeholder Engagement focus ensuring that stakeholders have the opportunity to participate at the key times throughout life of the program
  • Clear communication links between the delivery team and the operational teams who will take ownership of the finished products
  • Good governance is a significant part of the framework and is instituted throughout the program
  • MSP provides a method for managing the complex relationships between the interested parties in a significant, long term change initiative.

MSP provides individuals with skills and techniques not usually familiar to project managers thus providing them with another tool to add to their professional toolkit.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the program management environment
  • Implement governance for programs
  • Integrate MSP processes into their own programs
  • Manage benefits delivery through programs
  • Design a program management organization
  • Sit the MSP exams.

Who Should Attend

This course is for any organization or individual seeking the need for a controlled approach to managing programs. This course is suitable for:

  • Program directors
  • General Managers
  • Program managers
  • Project Managers
  • Senior managers
  • Program support staff
  • Anyone who needs to understand the principles of program management should attend this course

Course Contents

  • MSP Overview
  • MSP Principles and Vision
  • MSP Framework and Design
  • MSP Program Identification, Definition, Management and Closing
  • MSP Implementation and Process Transformation Flow
  • MSP Benefit Realization Plan
  • MSP Program Office
  • Foundation certification and exam preparation

MSP Framework
The MSP framework comprises three major elements:

The principles of program management have been distilled into seven features which form the foundation of the framework. They are:

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

Governance Themes
Nine Governance Themes represent topics which need to be addressed throughout the life of the program. It is the control framework which enables the program to deliver and ensures there is visibility for stakeholders.

  1. Organization
  2. Vision
  3. Stakeholder Engagement and Leadership
  4. Blueprint Design and Delivery
  5. Benefit Realization Management
  6. Planning and Control
  7. Business Case
  8. Risk and Issue Management
  9. Quality

Transformational Flow
The term Transformational Flow is used to describe a series of six processes which guide the program management team through the program.

  1. Identifying a Program
  2. Defining a Program
  3. Managing the Tranches
  4. Delivering the Capability
  5. Realizing the Benefits
  6. Closing the Program

Types of Programs
MSP recognizes three broad categories of program:

  1. Vision Led Programs take a top down approach
  2. Emergent Programs evolve from current workload
  3. Compliance Programs


There are no hard requirements for the MSP foundation, it is recommended to have the project management training, for example PRINCE2 training background.

MSP Foundation Exam Format

  • Multiple-choice
  • 40 minutes duration
  • 50 questions
  • 30 correct answers or more are required to pass
  • Closed-book

MSP Practitioner Exam Format

  • 8 questions, each worth 10 marks each. Total of 80 marks
  • Objective Test Examination' format - a style of complex multiple-choice examination.
  • 2 and a half hours duration
  • Delegates may use their official MSP manual: 'Managing Successful Programs' only
  • Candidates require a minimum of 40 marks (50%) to pass
MSP® is a Registered Trade Mark of  AXELOS Limited .The Swirl logo™ is a Trade Mark of  AXELOS Limited. 

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