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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)

What is Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)?

Managing Successful Programs, last 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.


Program Management

Delivering on an organization's strategic goals can often be complex. Using program management principles can be useful in achieving these goals by breaking down the individual tasks into groups (programs) and then into smaller chunks (projects). But how do you manage and organize programmes?

The answer is simple: use a best practice method such as MSP.


What Can MSP Deliver?

MSP 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.

It helps:

  • Plan projects to support the program
  • Deliver projects on time and on budget
  • Define responsibilities and lines of communication
  • Break down initiatives into clearly defined projects and offer a framework for handling them
  • Involve interested stakeholders
  • Manage risk and ensure the program responds to change
  • Audit and maintain quality

How Does MSP Work?

MSP is design to work alongside the other PPM methodologies. But how does it specifically work?

MSP will help you 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

Who Uses MSP?

MSP is a widely applicable methodology for program management. It is used globally in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Organizations using the methodology include Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline.

MSP Resources for Individuals and Organisations

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

Managing Successful Programs - 2011 Edition

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®), combines rigour and flexibility with a proven, best-practice approach to designing and running programs, helping organizations achieve consistently successful outcomes from their programs, and enabling them to gain measurable benefits from business change.

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MSP Qualifications and Distance Learning

AXELOS currently run the MSP accreditation. There are currently three levels of MSP qualification:

  • MSP Foundation
  • MSP Practitioner
  • MSP Advanced Practitioner

Examinations take place at Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) training events worldwide. 

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