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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation
Course Description Overview

Course Specifications

The use of these materials assumes delivery by a properly accredited trainer through an appropriately certified training organization. 

Course Number:


Course Length:

3 days

Course Description Overview:

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) represents proven good practice in programme management for successfully delivering transformational change. Programme management is increasingly being recognised as a key tool to enable organisations to deliver their strategy and manage that transformation. The MSP Framework provides an adaptable route map for programme management, bringing together key principles, governance themes and a set of interrelated processes to facilitate the delivery of business transformation.


This three-day course leads to the MSP Foundation. This is a free-standing qualification, but is also part of the MSP Practitioner qualification scheme and provides candidates with a broad overview of the MSP Framework. The purpose of the MSP Foundation qualification is to ensure candidates have the knowledge and understanding of the core concepts of MSP guidance to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.


This level is also a prerequisite for programme management professionals progressing toward the practitioner and advanced practitioner qualification, and those aspiring to become programme management professionals in the future.


Course Objectives:

The MSP framework is designed to enable the delivery of transformational change and the achievement of an organisation’s strategic objectives. Programmes exist in the tension zone between the strategic direction of the organisation, the delivery of change capability by projects and the need to maintain business performance and stability while realising and exploiting the benefits from the investments.


On completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

· Distinguish between projects and programmes

· Identify the MSP defined types of programme and their characteristics

· Explain the benefits of applying the MSP guidance to the management of a programme of transformational change

· Explain the purpose and areas of focus of the defined roles

· Explain the purpose of the seven MSP principles, the nine governance themes and the six transformational flow processes

· Explain the purpose of MSP programme information (documents)

Target Student:

Although there is no mandatory requirement, ideally candidates should have at least two years professional experience working in Project or Programme Management. The MSP Foundation would suit candidates working in the following professions or areas:

  • Members of a programme office
  • Business change team members
  • Project delivery team members
  • Anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP and those wishing to pursue higher level qualifications; e.g. programme managers, business change managers and senior responsible owners


The above list is a suggestion only; individuals may wish to attend based on their own career aspirations, personal goals or objectives. Delegates may take as few or as many Intermediate qualifications as they require, and to suit their needs.



There is no prerequisite to attending this foundation course, although it is recommended that candidates should have a good understanding of Project or Programme Management.

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Course Content:

Section 1 – Course overview and introduction


Section 2 – MSP foundation overview and principles


Section 3 – MSP governance themes


Section 4 – MSP transformational flow


Section 5 – Practice foundation exams


Section 6 – Group activities and buzz exercises

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