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Managing Successful Programmes - Foundation and Practitioner

Managing Successful Programmes - Foundation and Practitioner

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  • Mon 20 Mar ’17, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 21 Mar ’17, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 22 Mar ’17, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 23 Mar ’17, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 24 Mar ’17, 8:30am – 5:00pm


Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Managing Successful Programmes - Foundation and Practitioner - Classroom Training: $2.00

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) was developed by the UK government with the ownership now with Axelos.

This is the same group who developed the widely accepted Prince2 project management method.

For some time now Project Managers have understood the need for formal qualifications and the uptake of the Prince2 and PMBoK certifications has been a reflection of this. There is now a recognition that Programme Management is a separate discipline and the MSP qualification specifically addresses this.

There are a number of key differences between projects and programmes which MSP addresses. These key programme differences are:
- Driven by a vision of the 'end state' rather than specific deliverables.
- Flexible rather than defined path.
- Focus of changes to business capability.
- Very high focus on benefits delivery and realisation.
- Duration of years rather than months.
- Focus on big picture goals and step changes in capability and benefits.

The key advantages of the learning the MSP approach are:
- You will have the knowledge of a complete and well-defined programme management methodology.
- You will have an internationally recognised qualification in the most widely accepted programme approach in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context.
- You can take this knowledge and competence to a market where there is rapidly increasing recognition of, and requirement for programme managers to be certified.
- You will have access to readily available reference material

Applying the MSP approach to programmes has the following advantages to your organisation or clients:
- A strong focus on final outcomes, business benefits and step changes in capability.
- Excellent fit with the organisation’s project management method including PRINCE2® and PMBoK®. Note that while MSP does require that the organisation has a project management approach it does not require it to be Prince2.

While Prince2 (and generally all other project management approaches) demand clarity in terms of objectives, MSP is more able to operate within an ambiguous or emergent organisational strategy. A programme layer is highly advantageous in an environment where delivery activities are complicated, with many interdependencies, and where there is going to be a major organisational change that needs to be carefully managed.

A programme layer would also be highly advantageous for significant benefits realisation and tracking as well as complex and/or sensitive stakeholder management.

If you have a major business problem with no clear solution, MSP will provide you with a framework for developing the preferred option. MSP has the concept of a Blueprint which, like the construction metaphor, describes the future solution from different angles. You can build Blueprints for each solution option, with corresponding Business Cases, to support differentiation. If it turned out that the selected solution could be managed as a project, you could move to PRINCE2 (or any other project management method) or create multiple projects under a programme umbrella.

If you started down the project path with Prince2 (or any other project management approach) and then realised that the complexity was far higher than expected, then MSP would provide the framework for moving to a programme management layer while continuing to operate the constituent projects.

Finally, MSP defines artifacts which are useful in a complex project, and which Prince2 doesn’t provide (or only in a limited way).

These include:
- Blueprint - Description of the future state
- Approaches to defining, managing and realising benefits
- Approaches to defining and managing stakeholders and
- Cross project resource management.

Project Results achieves excellent exam results, but the primary focus is on being able to apply the approach to the real world after course completion. To achieve this, we provide absolutely the best trainers available, with in-depth experience of real-world application and active consulting practices.​

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