MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) was first published in 1999 by the UK Office of Government Commerce (OGC). It is now owned by AXELOS. The current version is MSP 2011 Edition.

MSP describes best practice for managing programmes of business change. Within MSP a programme is defined as a portfolio of projects and (business) activities that are coordinated and managed as units. The goal is to achieve outcomes and realize benefits that are of strategic importance.

The MSP framework is based on three core concepts (see Figure): principles, governance themes and transformational flow.

• MSP principles (outer ring); these are derived from lessons learned in programmes with both positive and negative results. They represent common factors that underpin the success of any programmes of transformational change
• MSP governance themes (middle ring); these themes show how an organization’s approach to programme management needs to be defined, measured and controlled. The governance themes allow organizations to put in place the appropriate leadership, delivery team, robust organization structures, controls and control information (e.g. blueprint, business case, quality and assurance strategy), giving the best chance of delivering the planned outcomes and realizing the desired benefits
• MSP transformational flow (inner circle); this flow provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to delivering the new capability, transitioning to the desired outcomes, realizing the benefits and finally closing the programmes.

MSP framework

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