For you, who are working on or have already completed an MSP® Foundation.
Expand your knowledge on how to manage and deliver successful changes.
You will learn…
✔ To use the recommended methods and tools to manage and deliver a change programme.
✔ The different types of programmes and what approach works best in different working environments.
✔ To use MSP guidance in a relative simple programme, in an environment that uses MSP®.
✔ To apply the guidance to your work and as such, work as an informed member of a programme team.
You have to be working on or have completed MSP® Foundation. However, to sit the exam, you have to have passed your MSP® Foundation.
Description of MSP® Practitioner
MSP (Managing Successful Programs) is an international framework for the handling and management of complex change initiatives, divided into a series of smaller projects – programme management. The key to delivering successful programmes within the timeframe and budget is solid and good management – MSP is one of the world’s most widespread and acknowledged methods for precisely that. Based on the experiences of Best Practice, MSP is designed to easily be adapted individually to different needs and circumstances.
The order :
The first part of the education is called MSP Foundation. Here you will be taught the basic terms, elements and contexts.
The second part is MSP Practitioner, which will extend your knowledge of practical and real project management. MSP Practitioner is accessible as an online course in English.
Aims of the course
The purpose of MSP Practitioner is to gain sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to use it in your work, and as such, work as an informed member of the programme management team. In effect, a person responsible for controlling, managing, supporting or guiding the work within an MSP field. You will be capable of using the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme in a field that uses MSP.
Methods of teaching
This course is based on independent studies via video-based e-learning. You can stream your lessons when and where it suits you and at whichever pace works for you. The combination of videos, quizzes, written exams and supplementary material will provide good support, both during and after the course.
About the teacher
Antony della Porta, founder of “The Sustainable PM” initiative.
Experience with more than 30 years of working in the field of project management. He has made it possible for the organisation to execute their strategic business, environment and sustainability goals through the expertise with Portfolio-Programme-Project Management.
7 hours of video
39 supplementary materials
25-30 hours estimated study time
12 month access
Computer, tablet and mobile
Official MSP manual can be purchased
Proof of your certification
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Course content: MSP® Practitioner
MSP represents proven good practice in programme management in successfully delivering transformational change, drawn from the experiences of both public and private sector organizations.
The Seven Principles of MSP®
The programme management principles are: Remaining aligned with corporate strategy, Leading change, Envisioning and communicating a better future, Focusing on the benefits and threats to them, Adding value, Designing and delivering a coherent capability, and Learning from experience.
5 videos – 15 min.
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Governance themes – Overview
This session cover the overview of MSP governance themes and the key Roles and Responsibilities.
Establishing a clear and effective organization is critical to programme success. Ensuring that the programme organization meets the needs of the programme is an ongoing task and cannot be avoided.
A vision is a picture of a better future. In MSP it is the basis for the outcomes and delivered benefits of the programme.
Leadership and Stakeholder
Stakeholder Engagement and Leadership is critical to any programme; change requires effective leadership. MSP emphasizes the need to not only identify and communicate with stakeholders, but also provides analysis tools to generate greater understanding of their needs, perceptions and priorities.
Benefits management is at the very heart of programme management; programmes are primarily driven by the need to deliver benefits. However, it is likely that the programme will have some negative impacts as well as improvements.
Blueprints Design & Delivery
The programme’s vision statement provides early and valuable information as a description of the desired outcomes in customer-focused terms. This needs to be expanded and developed into a blueprint. It is the blueprint that provides a usable basis for modeling benefits and designing the projects dossier.
Planning and Control
The preparation of the programme plan involves: Processing large amounts of information, extensive consultation and building the plan. Programme control provides supporting activities and processes that run throughout the lifecycle of the programme to: Refine and improve delivery, minimize the impact of ambiguity, bring certainty wherever possible and justify the continuance of the programme.
The Business Case
The business case effectively describes what the value is to the sponsoring organization from the outcomes of the programme. Managing the business case is about making sure that the balance of benefits, costs, timescales and risks is optimized throughout the programme.
Risk and Issue Management
Successful programme management has at its core the need to both manage and tolerate uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Risk and issue management are tools for achieving this.
Quality and Assurance Management
The purpose of quality and assurance management is to ensure that all management aspects of the programme are working appropriately and that it stays on target to achieve its objective.
33 videos – 151 min.
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Transformational Flow Overview
Introduction to six processes of the Transformational flow.
Identifying a Programme
Typically a short process, perhaps taking only a few weeks or less, which turns the idea into a tangible business concept.
Defining a Programme
Provides the basis for deciding whether to proceed with the programme or not.
Manage the Tranches
The purpose of this process is to implement the defined programme management governance strategies for the programme, ensure that the capability delivery is aligned to the strategic direction of the organization, and to enable the release of benefits.
Delivering the Capacity
Covers the activities for coordinating and managing project delivery according to the programme plan.
Realizing the Benefits
The purpose of this process is to manage the benefits from their initial identification to their successful realization.
Closing a Programme
The purpose of this process is to ensure the end goal of formally recognizing that the programme is completed.
9 videos – 80 min.
The video based exercise is based on a precious test exam. You can get a great result by completing the exercise and watch the reasoning behind the answers from the trainer.
23 videos – 179 min.
For whom is the course intended?
The MSP® Practitioner course is relevant to persons involved in managing, controlling, supporting and delivering programmes. That could be programme managers, programme owners, change managers and employees in programme and portfolio offices.