MSP For Dummies (For Dummies Series)

MSP For Dummies (For Dummies Series)

Alan Ferguson

Language: English

Pages: 408


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Programme management is the coordinated organisation and implementation of a portfolio of projects and activities that help your business achieve its strategic objectives. Good programme management is the key to managing transformational change and, in today’s business environment, the organisations that can transform themselves are more likely to succeed.

Managing Successful Programmes For Dummies is your plain-English guide to implementing and using the proven MSP method. It provides a structured framework that helps you coordinate your projects and achieve your goals.  The book takes you through every step of programme management and inside you’ll find:

  • What’s involved in a programme - and how it differs from a project!
  • An overview of the structure of MSP
  • Full explanations of MSP principles, governance themes and transformational flow
  • Planning and making a business case for your programme
  • The key roles and responsibilities in programme management
  • The lifecycle of a programme - from conception to delivery
  • Quality and risk management in your programme
  • Working with stakeholders
  • All about the MSP Qualifications

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different from the other set. If you must report benefits in two places, nominate one report as the master data and link to that data in the other report. You're going to need to make adjustments if, for example: Outputs are unstable. The plan isn't realistic. External circumstances have changed. Programme objectives have changed. By monitoring benefits realization you can have a benefit-focused dialogue with projects. Talking with projects isn't just about project progress; it's about whether

ability to learn from experience often reflects the maturity of programme management. Programme and project management maturity considers the way in which the organization is structured to do the right things repeatedly and reliably. You may already be familiar with the idea of maturity from some of the processes that take place around you. When you go to the supermarket you expect to find the same products to the same quality standard being stocked in the same place in the supermarket whether

more than a building (it's a piece of society), and I felt we were talking about a small transformational change programme. It was more than just a project to restore an old building; we were going to set up a facility that would be used by our village community. The problem was that we didn't have a Vision. As I steered the conversation towards creating one, we realized that we had a diverse range of Visions. Our secretary was wonderful. She encapsulated the essence of the discussion,

overlapping and fragmentary assurance reviews. Linked to major decision points. A key way of achieving value is to link assurance to major decision points. Plan assurance activity to support major events. Examples are achievement of outcomes, tranche ends and key approval points (for example, funding decisions). These occur throughout the transformational flow, from the Mandate to the realization of benefits. For example, consider your end-of-tranche reviews. Make sure that you hold an

as you roll out successive tranches into business as usual. Consequently, as part of effective leadership you need to consider the design of the business during each tranche. Although, naturally, everyone gets very excited about the new aspects of the business's ‘to be’ state, often the difficulty comes in maintaining existing ‘as is’ states. As you introduce new elements of ‘to be’, you may want to decommission redundant parts of ‘as is’. But often two different parts of the business rely on

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