Wednesday, 16 January 2013

What is MSP?

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What is MSP?


MSP stands for Managing Successful Programmes. It's a method that is applied to program management, mostly for transformational change.

It provides the framework for implementing business strategies and initiatives, or large-scale change, where there is a "vision" of the programme's outcome - a transformed organisation for example. 

It helps to organise, manage, accommodate and control these changes so that the eventual outcome meets the objectives set by the business strategy.

A program is usually where there are multiple projects that are being managed towards some goal or level.

It's used widely by many organisations, in both public and private sectors. 


What are the benefits of using MSP?


MSP gives a structured framework to ensure a program achieves its goals. It does this by guaranteeing that there is:

  • Strong leadership
  • Focus on the benefit delivery
  • Specific aims to achieve
  • Strong engagement from stakeholders 
  • Realistic aims put into place


What can MSP do for my company?


It maximizes efficiencies in recruiting, hiring, training and promoting employees. It also increases productivity as you’ll be able to perform at accepted industry standards.



Who should earn a Managing Successful Programmes Certification?


  • Senior Responsible Owners and Service Managers considering implementing a Programme Management System
  • Mangers who are new to the whole managing projects management in a multi-project environment
  • Project Managers who are part of a larger programme and who need to be aware of the wider issues
  • Department Managers, whose staff is involved in Programme Management Systems
  • Business Change Managers in all areas of the organisation

Career changer


Managing Successful Programmes certification is an excellent way to develop in the management sector of the IT industry. Managing Successful Programmes focuses on the latest management standards.


What's the difference between MSP and PRINCE2?


MSP helps you manage a program environment which usually means managing multiple projects. Because of this, program management is at a much higher level than project management. PRINCE2 is a structured method which is applied to a project environment to ensure they deliver specific objects. As PRINCE2 is focused on single projects, it usually has specific outcomes which are well defined. Whereas program management usuallygains its outcomes through time.


What MSP exams do I need to take?


There are three exams available for MSP:

Foundation Exam

The first one is the Foundation exam. It is multiple question and closed book. You’ll have 40 min to complete the exam which is out of 50 marks. You’ll need to at least get 30 marks (60%) to pass.


Practitioner Exam

The next exam is the Practitioner. In order to do this exam, you’ll first need to pass foundation exam. This is an open book exam that lasts 2:30 hours and is out of 180 marks. You’ll need at least 90 marks to pass (50%).


Advanced Practitioner Exam

The last exam is the Advanced Practitioner exam. You’ll first need to pass the Practitioner. Unlike the other two, it's an essay style exam which lasts 2:30 hours. It's open book and you’ll need at least 35 out of 75 marks to pass (50%).


Do I need PRINCE2 as a prerequisite for MSP?


No, but it does help and is recommended.

About the Author:
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, IT training, , IT certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the IT industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.