Managing Successful Programmes


Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) was developed as a best practice guide on Programme Management. The guide comprises a set of Principles and a set of Processes for use when managing a programme.

MSP represents proven programme management best practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management.

The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:

  1. MSP Principles. These are derived from positive and negative lessons learned from programme experiences. They are the common factors that underpin the success of any transformational change
  2. MSP Governance Themes. These define an organization’s approach to programme management. They allow an organization to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organization structures and controls, giving the best chance for success
  3. MSP Transformational Flow. This provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits.

Who is it for?

Any organisation or individual seeing the need for a controlled approach to managing its programmes.

Suitable for;

  • Programme managers, experienced project managers, business change managers and senior managers from any discipline.

The Managing Successful Programmes method is flexible and adaptable for any type and size of programme where a business “vision” is the required outcome.

Course Content

Candidates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Managing Successful Programmes® and techniques. The key areas of knowledge required for the Foundation and Practitioner exams are covered, including;

  1. Introduction to MSP®
  2. Organisation & Programme Office
  3. Vision
  4. Leadership & Stakeholder Engagement
  5. Benefits Management
  6. Blueprint Design and Delivery
  7. Planning & Control
  8. The Business Case
  9. Risk & Issue Management
  10. Quality & Assurance Management
  11. Transformational Flow


Delivery Options


  • MSP Foundation and Practitioner online module
    • 12 month access licence covering the MSP Framework; the principles, governance themes and transformational flow. (Sections 1 to 11 of course content)
    • Foundation exam simulator to practice the Foundation exam questions.
    • Practitioner sample papers to practice the Practitioner exam questions.


  • One day MSP workshop to provide an explanation of; MSP Framework; the principles, governance themes and transformational flow.
    • During the workshop we will also practice the Practitioner exam style questions
    • The workshop attendance is optional. The online modules will provide the content required to prepare for the Foundation and Practitioner exams.
    • Attendance of the workshop will improve understanding of the practical application of MSP in a programme management environment and help improve the Practitioner testing format understanding

Foundation Exam

The purpose of the foundation level is to confirm knowledge and understanding of the MSP Framework; the principles, governance themes and transformational flow.

  • The foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification.

The exam will be held at The Nunnery.

Multiple choice format;

  • 75 questions per paper including 5 Trial questions
  • 35 marks or more required to pass (out of 70 available) – 65%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed-book.


Practitioner Exam

The purpose of the practitioner level is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to act as an informed member of a programme management team.

The exam will be held at The Nunnery

Objective multiple choice testing format;

  • 8 questions per paper
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) – 50%
  • Two-and-a-half hours duration
  • Open-book (only the MSP Guide is allowed).