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What is MSP® programme management?

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) definition

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a globally recognised methodology for programme management, that comprises of a set of principles and processes for best practice. The MSP qualification is designed to be tailorable to programmes of varying sizes and across different sectors.

What is the difference between project management and programme management?

A programme is made up of a specific set of projects identified by an organisation that together will deliver a defined objective, or set of objectives. These strategic objectives aim to help an organisation achieve benefits and improve business operations.

There is a close link between programme and project management, as a programme is made up of multiple connected projects. As such, if an individual project fails this will have an impact on the wider programme.

In other words, without programme management projects may deliver their desired outcomes, but these will not be co-ordinated or integrated into the realisation of a strategic business goal.

What are the seven principles of the MSP?

The seven principles in MSP serve as the guidelines for effective programme management, providing a framework for delivering transformational change.

  • Principle 1: Leading with purpose
  • Principle 2: Collaborating across boundaries
  • Principle 3: Dealing with ambiguity
  • Principle 4: Aligning with priorities
  • Principle 5: Deploying diverse skills
  • Principle 6: Realising measurable benefits
  • Principle 7: Bringing peace and value

What are the seven processes in the MSP qualification?

The seven processes provide a structured approach to programme management, ensuring that the programme lifecycle is carefully planned, executed and monitored.

  • Process 1: Identify the programme
  • Process 2: Design the outcomes
  • Process 3: Plan progressive delivery
  • Process 4: Deliver the capabilities
  • Process 5: Embed the outcomes
  • Process 6: Evaluate the new information
  • Process 7: Close the programme

What are the seven themes in the MSP qualification?

The seven themes provide essential governance and control mechanisms, that ensure the programme is aligned with organisational strategy, managed effectively, and capable of delivering its intended benefits.

  • Theme 1: Organisation
  • Theme 2: Design
  • Theme 3: Justification
  • Theme 4: Structure
  • Theme 5: Knowledge
  • Theme 6: Assurance
  • Theme 7: Decisions