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Management Successful Programs (MSP)

Managing Successful Programs, updated in 2011, is a best practice method for program management that enables organizations to coordinate, direct, implement, and manage a portfolio of projects that deliver a desired outcome.

In order to achieve long-term, organization-wide strategic goals, it is necessary to break the large and the long-term into smaller, more manageable chunks. One way of doing this is to break the goals into groups "programs", which are then broken down further into smaller chunks "projects". Project Management is the process by which this is done. Managing Successful Programs (MSP) is the best practice for management of these programs.

What does MSP do?

MSP helps with the following tasks:

  • The planning of program-supporting projects
  • The delivery of those projects within deadline and budget expectations
  • The definition of responsibilities and lines of communication in, around and between those projects
  • The integration of new ideas
  • The involvement of interested stakeholders
  • The management of risk and program's ability to respond to change
  • The auditing of maintenance of quality

How does MSP work?

MSP is designed to work along side the other Project Portfolio Management (PPM) methodologies in the Cabinet Office suite of methods. Using MSP, organizations are able to:

  • Develop a clear view of the program's aims and identify its benefits
  • Define the program and show how it will affect and change the organization
  • Create a strong framework for monitoring and coordinating the various projects within the program
  • Ensure the program moves forward
  • Manage the impact of the program on the organization
  • Close the program, ensuring it has achieved its ends and its successes are acknowledged

MSP Resources for Individuals and Organizations

The core resource for MSP is the 2011 edition of the MSP manual, Managing Successful Programs (which is available in softcover, Adobe eBook, and annual online subscription formats).