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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) study guide mind map

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MSP® Principles (7)

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What are principles?

1. Remaining aligned with corporate strategy

2. Leading change

3. Envisioning and communicating a better future

4. Focusing on the benefits and threats to them

5. Adding value

6. Designing and delivering a coherent capability

7. Learning from experience

MSP® - process based standard, framework and best practice (not methodology) for general (not industry specific e.g. IT) Programme Management. MSP® is one of the 12 recognized globally and practically proven management standards from AXELOS® Global Best Practice family of UK standards.

MSP® v1 was published in 1999.

MSP® v2 was published in 2003.

MSP® v3 was published in 2007.

MSP® v4, newest version is from 2011.

How MSP® fits into AXELOS® Global Best Practices family of UK standards.

AXELOS® Global Best Practices family of standards from UK.

MSP® consists of: 1 Framework, 7 Principles, 9 Governance Themes, 1 Transformation Flow, 6 Processes, 6 Roles, 28 Documents.

Download: Governance Themes vs Transformation Flow Matrix

Download: MSP® Document Templates [DOCX, XLSX]

MSP® Governance Themes (9)

Watch: MSP Governance Themes

What is it?

Overview governance themes



Leadership and stakeholder engagement

Blueprint design and delivery

Benefits management

Business case

Planning and control

Risk and issue management

Quality and assurance management

MSP® Transformation Flow (1) including Processes (6)

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What is it?

1. Identifying a Programme

2. Defining a Programme

3. Managing the Tranches

4. Delivering the Capability

5. Realizing the Benefits

6. Closing a Programme

MSP® Products (Programme Documentation) (28)

Benefits Map (A.3)

Business Case (A.6)

Organization Structure (A.12)

Programme Brief (A.13)

Programme Definition Document (A.15)

Programme Mandate (A.16)

Projects Dossier (A.19)

Business Design products

Governance products

Management products

MSP® Roles and Responsibilities (6)

Sponsoring Group

Senior Responsible Owner (SRO)

Programme Board (SRO, PgM, BCMs + others as appropriate)

Programme Manager (PgM)

Business Change Manager (BCM)

Programme Office

Specialist Roles

MSP® Official publications

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Managing Successful Programmes

Managing Successful Programmes Pocketbook

MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers

Managing Successful Programmes Study Guide

The Executive Guide to Directing Projects: within a PRINCE2 and MSP Environment

Managing Portfolios of Change (With MSP for Programmes and PRINCE2 for Projects): Integrating MSP and PRINCE2

Fundamentals of Benefit Realization

MSP® Official resources

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MSP® sample exams, available online

MSP® examination syllabus

MSP® glossary

MSP® White Papers

MSP® website

MSP® Non-official publications

Introduction to Programme Management Based on MSP: An Introduction

MSP For Dummies

MSP® Framework (1)

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The MSP® framework is designed to enable the delivery of transformational change and the achievement of an organization’s strategic objectives.

MSP® is basically a framework for delivering change.

MSP® Framework consists of:

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Basic Definitions (according to AXELOS®)

Portfolios / Programme / Project Management

Project / Programme / Portfolios

Output, Capability, Outcome, Benefits

Interactive MSP® Glossary

Interactive MSP® Glossary

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Programmes fundamentals (programmes in general not MSP® fundamentals)

A programme isn’t just a big project.

A typical list of the characteristics of a programme:

Interpretation of programme definition as defined in MSP®:

Programme is about designing and delivering coherent capability through set of related projects and other activities

3 types of programmes

Programme Management

MSP® Foundation exam prep questions