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1 Title/current version of MSP™ books
MSP™ (Managing Successful Programmes) 2011 Edition
2 The basics of MSPTM books
MSP™ (Managing Successful Programmes) is a systematic
approach to managing programmes of business change to achieve
outcomes and realize benefits that are of strategic importance.
3 MSPTM book summary of the method
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
• 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.
4 MSPTM books of Target audience
The main target audience is senior executives, programme
managers and business change managers. However, all roles
involved in business change (such as business and functional
managers and other stakeholders) may find it useful to
understand the principles of programme management.
5 Scope and constraints of MSPTM books
The scope of the method comprises all the processes and
activities within the programme management lifecycle.
MSP is a best practice method in programme management with:
• A focus on achieving outcomes and realizing benefits
• A good description of the characteristics and concepts of
• A focus on added value and management of risks
• Clear terms of reference for all roles within the programme
• A focus on processes: it describes all processes and activities
within the processes of programme management
• Outlines for all programme management products
MSP can be seamlessly combined with the PRINCE2® project
management approach. They have the same owner: AXELOS
and they contain a similar process-based management approach.
6 Relevant website of MSPTM books