Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation & Practitioner Bonus Package

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About the course

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.



Exams can be given online (using Webcam, microphone & valid ID) or using remote proctor (for those who may not have web cams) this allows you to take the exam in the comfort of your own home at a convenient time without the need for a physical invigiliator. 

It is Ideal for candidates who may not have access to exam centres or those who may not be able to get to an exam centre.

* The Certificates are issued by the examining body only on passing the relevant exam.


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

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