Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)

MSP provides the definitive guidance for setting up and delivering transformational programmes. It extends beyond focusing on managing a series of projects and provides guidance on how to set visions, describe the future, manage stakeholders, and realise benefits.

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Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Foundation course, you will:

  • Understand MSP’s integrated elements of Principles, Themes and Processes along with their relationships, building on your own experience and knowledge of change.
  • Understand the benefits thread through MSP that ensures that the entire programme is predicated and focused on the realisation of benefits.
  • Understand how MSP could be applied in real-life situations and test this out in a supportive training environment.
  • Understand the Principles, or good practices underpinning every programme.
  • Understand the Themes, or guidance on critical aspects of programme management, including Organisation, Design, Justification, Structure, Knowledge, Assurance and Decisions.
  • Understand the Processes (MSP’s programme lifecycle), which includes identifying a programme, designing the outcomes, plan progressive delivery, deliver the capabilities, embed the outcomes, evaluate new information and close the programme.
  • Be well prepared for the Foundation Exam.

Participants who continue with the Practitioner course will:

  • Be able to describe and apply all facets of programme management, in accordance with the MSP method,
  • Know how to set up and manage complex programmes, tailoring MSP while ensuring effective integration of projects,
  • Monitor the objectives of a programme and make the essential adjustments needed to respond to changes in the environment.
  • Be well prepared for the Practitioner Exam.

Learning Approach

Our training is run with the purposes of learning the theory, preparing you for the exam and applying in the real world. The sessions are a mixture of theory and discussion and practical group-based learning involving Post It notes, markers, flip chart paper. No laptops are required, all learning resources are supplied.

Our trainers use many practical examples from their decades of experience as hands-on programme managers and adjust the course delivery to meet the needs of the attendees.

Target Audience

  • Programme Managers who want to understand and apply this best practice approach,
  • Those involved in the governance of programmes.
  • Programme Office staff.
  • Those working in change management including Business Change Managers and Operational Managers responsible for transition and benefits realisation.
  • Those working on programmes including business architects and change agents.
  • Those advising or providing consulting advice on Programmes.


No prerequisite is required for attendance on the Foundation course, but any programme management or programme exposure is an advantage. Our thorough pre-course work also ensure you are ready for learning.

Participants in the Practitioner course must have completed a Foundation course either online or in person. The Practitioner exam has a pre-requisite of having passed the Foundation exam.


3 days for Foundation (22 hours – typically 8:30 am for an 8:45 am start and a 5:00pm finish with 1 hour for lunch and short morning and afternoon tea breaks. In addition, we suggest at least 10 hours of pre-course work and there is 1-2 hours of homework each night).

2 additional days for Practitioner
(hours and homework as above).


Once you register for the course you are sent the “Managing Successful Programmes 5th Edition” manual and pre-course exercises; Inspiring Projects MSP Desk Reference”; pre-course exercises, and the full online course. At the course you are given a course folder which contains copies of all the slides, extensive notes, exam practice, exercises, and sample exams from PeopleCert.