Managing Successful Programmes Foundation & Practitioner Package Both Foundation and Practiti...

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About the course

Who is it for?


Any organisation or individual seeing the need for a controlled approach to managing its programmes. The event is suitable for programme managers, experienced project managers, programme support team members and senior managers from any discipline. 

The OGC Managing Successful Programmes method is flexible and adaptable for any type and size of programme where a business "vision" is the required outcome.



The key objectives of this course are:

Provide Delegates with an understanding of the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to programme management.

Apply the principles of MSP® to programmes within a work environment.

Operate effectively with colleagues and managers within a structured programme and project management environment.

Enable delegates to understand the MSP® framework to be prepared to sit the APM Group/OGC MSP™ Foundation & Practitioner examinations.

Course Syllabus:

MSP Introduction and Overview

  • What is a programme?
  • What is programme management?
  • Terminology?
  • Structure of MSP

MSP Framework and Concepts

  • Principles, governance themes, transformational flow, management strategies and plans.


  • What is a vision?
  • What makes a good Vision Statement?
  • Identifying a Programme; Programme Mandate.
  • Linking to Policy and Strategy. Preparing a Programme Brief.
  • Planning to Define the Programme.

Blueprint Design and Delivery

  • What is a Blueprint, and what does it contain?
  • Developing a Blueprint from the Vision Statement.

Defining a Programme

  • Creating a Programme Definition Document (including the Project Dossier, the Programme Plan and the Programme Business Case).

Planning and Control

  • What is a Programme Plan and how is it developed?
  • The Project Dossier. Resourcing and scheduling.

Benefits Realisation Management

  • The key driver for the programme.
  • How benefits realisation links to achieving strategic objectives.
  • Outcome relationship models and Benefit Maps.
  • Planning for benefits realisation.

Organisation and the Programme Office

  • Organisation and leadership.
  • Organisational structure, the key roles and their responsibilities.
  • What is a Programme Office and what service does it provide.

The Business Case

  • Developing, managing and reviewing the programmes Business Case.

Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Leadership as opposed to management.
  • How leaders actively engage stakeholders.
  • Analysing and engaging with stakeholders.
  • Stakeholder maps and matrices.

Managing the Tranches

  • Implementing governance arrangements.
  • Establishing tranches.
  • Managing risks and issues.

Delivering the Capability and Realising the Benefits

  • Co-ordinating and managing projects on the Project Dossier.
  • Starting and closing projects.
  • Maintaining alignment with the programme; Ensuring that project outputs are fit for purpose and can be integrated into operations, so that benefits can be realised.
  • Pre-transition, transition and post-transition activities.

Quality Management

  • Organisation and leadership.
  • Organisational structure, the key roles and their responsibilities.
  • What is a Programme Office and what service does it provide.

Risk Management and Issue Resolution

  • Principles, approach and strategy for managing risks and resolving issues.
  • Managing and controlling changes in programmes.

Closing a Programme

  • Formal confirmation of completion.
  • Finalising programme information.
  • Confirming closure.

Practical Work

  • A specially written scenario runs throughout the course from start to finish.
  • A comprehensive set of tasks help provide a practical application.
  • There are also sample exam Foundation and Practitioner papers for delegates to practice with.


MSP® method is owned by the UK Government (Cabinet Office) who have contracted the APM Group to accredit and administer the syllabus and examinations. MSP® qualifications use a two-tier structure, MSP® Foundation and MSP® Practitioner level certification.


MSP® Foundation Exam is the first of the two MSP® examinations you will need to pass to become a registered MSP® Practitioner. This exam aims to assess (Competency - Knowledge Comprehension) whether a candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team in a MSP® project management environment. The candidate would need to show a solid understanding of the MSP® themes, processes, principles, roles and techniques, in particular:

  • To identify the purpose and major content of all roles, the components, processes and themes as described in the manual.
  • Identify the source or derivation of the management products, from their purpose and/or key content.
  • Indicate the relationships between processes, products, roles and the management dimensions of a project.

The MSP® Foundation examination comprises a one hour paper (60 minutes) consists of 75 questions in total which cover all 15 areas of the MSP® Foundation syllabus. The Foundation exam uses objective test questions which require a candidate to choose a response to a question from a set of choices, only one of which is correct. Marks are not subtracted for incorrect answers. No support materials are alowed as it is a 'closed-book' exam.

The MSP® Exam (foundation) question booklet contains 75 questions - 70 exam questions and 5 trial questions, each covering a different syllabus topic. Each of the 70 questions is worth 1 mark, but the trial questions are not scored. The pass mark is 35 (50%). Delegates are expected to answer all questions. There is however no indication of which questions are exam questions and which are trial.


The MSP® Practitioner Exam is the higher level of qualification in MSP®. A prerequisite for sitting this exam is that the delegate must have sat and passed the MSP® Foundation Exam. The Practitioner Exam aims to assess whether the candidate would be able to apply (Competency - Application, Analysis Evaluation) MSP® to the management of a project within a MSP® environment. Having exhibited the competence required to satisfy the Foundation qualification, the delegate has to show they have the ability to apply and tailor MSP® to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.

This is a 2 and half hour (150 minutes) objective test format examination. It is an open-book exam, which allows the candidate to refer to the official MSP® manual during the exam. The Practitioner exam uses objective test questions which require a candidate to choose a response to a question from a set of choices, only one of which is correct. The exam will consist of 8 main questions each of 2 to 4 parts, with 10 marks per question, totalling 80 marks. The pass mark is 44 (55%).

A full MSP® Practitioner simulation is available within the eLearning package which provides samples of the scenario, question styles and formats and provides a safe and encouraging environment to test and reform your understanding of the method.
Having passed the Practitioner Exam, your name will be entered onto a register of successful MSP® Practitioners. To remain on the register, you will need to show continued competence in MSP® by passing a re-registration examination every 3-5 years

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