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MSP5F: MSP® Foundation, 5th edition

Code: MSP5F
Length: 3 Days

Gain an introduction to MSP & the principles​.

Delivery format(s)

MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) consists of a structured framework for organisations of all sizes and from all sectors to improve practices, offer better services and more effectively prepare for the future.

The MSP Foundation certification introduces the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) method and terminology. Foundation certification ensures you understand the MSP guidance well enough to work in a team to deliver or manage a programme. It confirms that you can act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

The MSP Foundation Certificate is also a pre-requisite for individuals wishing to achieve the MSP Practitioner Qualification.




By the end of this course, you should:

  • Understand key concepts relating to programmes and MSP
  • Understand how the MSP principles underpin the MSP framework
  • Understand the MSP themes and how they are applied throughout the programme
  • Understand the MSP processes and how they are carried out throughout the programme

The MSP Foundation course module is appropriate for:

  • Programme managers and aspiring programme managers
  • Project managers/senior project managers
  • Business change managers
  • Those involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including executives and project support
  • Process owners
  • Portfolio management staff

Module 1: Introduction

  • What is a Programme?
  • Why Use Programme Management?
  • Overcoming Common Challenges
  • Programme Environment

Module 2: MSP® Principles

  • Principles
  • Lead with Purpose
  • Collaborate Across Boundaries
  • Deal with Ambiguity
  • Align with Priorities
  • Deploy Diverse Skills
  • Realise Measurable Benefits
  • Bring Pace and Value

Module 3: MSP® Processes

  • Programme Lifecycle

Module 4: An Introduction to MSP Themes

  • Programme Governance
  • Fit with Corporate Governance
  • Plan – Do – Check – Act Cycle
  • Programme Strategy
  • Programme Plans

Module 5: Identify Programme

  • Purpose
  • Objectives
  • Process Activity
  • Programme Mandate
  • Activities
  • Responsibilities
  • Application of the Themes in this Process

Module 6: Organisation

  • Purpose
  • Key Relationships with Principles
  • Governance Approach
  • Risk Appetite
  • Organisation Structure
  • Sponsoring Group
  • Programme Board
  • Programme Office
  • Individual Roles
  • Senior Responsible Owner (SRO)
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Change Manager (BCM)
  • Tailoring Programme Governance
  • Additional Governance Support Offices
  • Additional Individual Roles
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stakeholder Engagement Approach
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Plan
  • Preparing for Change
  • Focus of the Key Roles for the Theme

Module 7: Design the Outcomes

  • Purpose
  • Objectives
  • Process Activity
  • Activities
  • Responsibilities
  • Applications of the Theme in this Process

Module 8: Design

  • Purpose
  • Key Relationships with Principles
  • Design Approach
  • Vision Statement
  • Benefits
  • Types of Benefits
  • Path to Benefits
  • Benefit Map (Top-down)
  • Benefit Map (Bottom-Up)
  • Understanding Benefits
  • Measuring and Realising Benefits
  • Benefit Profile
  • Risk Identification and Prioritisation
  • Types of Programme Risk
  • Risk Prioritisation
  • Target Operating Model
  • Current and Target Operating Models
  • Focus of Key Roles for the Theme

Module 9: Plan Progressive Delivery 

  • Purpose
  • Objectives
  • Context
  • Activities
  • Responsibilities
  • Application of the Themes in This Process

Exam Information

  • 60 minute, 75 question, Multiple Choice Question Exam held on day 3
  • Note: 70 questions count towards your exam mark; the other 5 are trial questions only and are not scored
  • Closed book
  • Requires 50% (35 marks) pass to attain Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation Certification

It is highly recommended that you spend some time each evening of this course reviewing and consolidating what you’ve learned, to be well prepared for the exam.

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