MSP Practitioner & Advanced Practitioner Blended with examination

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is the best-practice, proven and internationally accepted approach to the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management.

MSP Practitioner is the second of the three MSP qualifications and MSP Advanced Practitioner is the third of the three certifications. You are required to have passed MSP Practitioner before attempting the MSP Advanced Practitioner exam.

The purpose of the practitioner qualification is to determine whether a delegate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to apply the guidance to their own work and, hence, act as an informed member of a programme management team. That is, someone responsible for managing, leading, supporting or advising on work within an MSP environment. Delegates should be capable of applying the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme within an environment that uses MSP.

The purpose of the advanced practitioner qualification is to determine whether a delegate is likely to be able to lead and manage a programme of transformational change. That is, whether someone is capable of applying the MSP guidance in a complex programme within an environment that uses MSP.

Prerequisites:

  • You are required to have passed MSP Practitioner before attempting the MSP Advanced Practitioner exam.
  • MSP Practitioner is suitable for project managers, BCMs, experts and advisers working within a programme office and other specialist/governance roles involved in supporting programmes following the MSP guidance together with those wishing to pursue higher level qualifications (e.g. programme managers). This level is also suitable for SROs.
  • MSP Advanced Practitioner qualification is appropriate for a variety of roles, including (but not limited to), SROs, programme managers, those appointed to lead a portfolio or programme support function, BCMs and other programme support and management professionals.
  • You are advised to check you have the correct technical system requirements to run this eLearning product.

MSP Philosophy and structure

  • What is a programme and how it differs to both business as usual and project work
  • Relationship between the MSP Principles, Governance Themes and the Transformational Flow.

The 7 MSP Principles

  • Remaining aligned with corporate strategy
  • Leading change
  • Envisioning and communicating a better future
  • Focusing on benefits and threats to them
  • Adding Value
  • Designing and delivering a coherent capability
  • Learning from experience

The 9 MSP Governance Themes

  • Organization
  • Vision
  • Leadership and stakeholder engagement
  • Benefits management
  • Blueprint design and delivery
  • Planning and control
  • The Business case
  • Risks and issue management
  • Quality and assurance management

The 6 MSP Transformational Flow Processes

  • Identifying a programme
  • Defining a programme
  • Managing the tranche
  • Delivering the capability
  • Realizing the benefits
  • Closing a programme

Viewing the MSP Practitioner eLearning product and attempting all the exercises that we recommend will take approximately 15 hours with some additional reading. Throughout the learning, references for recommended reading are provided, and as everyone learns at different paces, this study duration is guidance only – but that is not to say you can’t do it as many times as you like within your twelve month period!

MSP Advanced Practitioner Classroom Event

You need to exhibit the competences required for both the Foundation and Practitioner qualifications and show that you could adapt the MSP guidance to the needs of a particular programme environment.

Specifically, successful candidates should be able to:

  • Determine whether MSP is an appropriate framework for an identified change initiative
  • Justify specific activities that should be undertaken by each of the defined MSP roles during each of the processes of the transformational flow
  • Produce, evaluate and suggest improvements to examples of MSP programme information (documents)
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the application of each of the MSP principles, the governance themes and the transformational flow processes
  • Adapt the programme’s approach to the governance themes to the needs of both the wider programme environment and the sponsoring organization
  • Learn from experience and, as a result, propose alternative approaches that would improve the effectiveness of the application of each of the MSP principles, the governance themes and the transformational flow processes

MSP overview

  • A reminder of the main elements of the MSP method
  • MSPCare Case Study
  • An understanding of the MSPCare Case Study, which presents a mix of both public and private sector elements
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please bring your MSPCare Case Study with you to the course.
  • Interrogation of the MSPCare scenario through application of MSP methodology and best practice programme management

Exam Techniques

  • Exam techniques required to pass the Advanced Practitioner exam
  • Understanding of questions
  • Required answer elements
  • Use of the MSP manual and MSPCare scenario to present answers