Axelos recently published the 5th edition of the MSP guide, which had not been updated since 2011. The new edition therefore responds to a number of changes that have taken place in the world of program and project management since.
Indeed, a great deal of research has been published in recent years that points to the high failure rate of programs, whether they are transformational or large-scale programs. The digital revolution, the speed of change, the rise of agile working methods, as well as the increased volatility and uncertainty of diverse markets has sprung the need for programme management to evolve and meet these requirements.
This new edition will help current and future programme managers, and many other roles, design, plan, lead and execute their programs and thus help organisations make their transformation program a real success.
The approach to innovation
After several years without having undergone any updates, the new MSP guide has been completely rewritten by questioning the precepts of the fourth edition. Every single aspect has been revised and updated to be in line with today's context.
The new guide will support both Programme Managers and other key figures within different organisations and will help professionals design, plan, guide and deliver their programmes ensuring the success of organisations.
- The benefits of the MSP fifth edition method
- Align projects and programmes on organizational strategy
- Provides a rigorous approach to benefit management by facilitating role changes
- Ensures an appropriate division of responsibilities and obligations
- Facilitates organizational agility
- Helps understand the associated risks of a programme
- It is an exemplary practice tested in the successful implementation of an organizational change through the application of Programme Management.
MSP 4 vs MSP 5
The essence of what a program is remains the same as it was with the 4th edition: it is temporary, it is results and benefit oriented and it is concerned with leading several projects and other work. The basic concepts (principles, themes and processes) also always form the overall structure of the guide. However, these have been revised keeping the following principles in mind:
- Ensure that MSP remains adaptable and flexible and can be used in a wide range of organisations and environments. There are many and varied drivers of change, and the MSP approach to program management must ensure that the organisation's investment in change is managed wisely.
- Provide guidance for a wide range of investments that benefit from program management, recognizing that the word “program” has many different meanings for organizations, and that terms other than “programs” may be used by these organizations .
- Emphasize the incremental nature of a program and show how MSP enables cyclical progression to the desired future state. Organizations are complex, the external context is emerging, and the delivery of benefits and value creation generally cannot be achieved by a series of linear steps.
- Enable program teams to recognize the many ways in which outputs and changes can be delivered, including iterative (Agile), traditional and hybrid approaches.
Preparing for the PMP® exam is not an easy task. It requires commitment and dedication, plus you have to choose the right training provider.
The training provider will prepare you for the exam and will enable you to successfully submit your exam application. Indeed, in order to apply for the PMP exam, you should prove you completed 35 hours of project management training.
QRP is a PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP). To maintain this designation, we must continuously meet rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness. As ATP we completed the PMI Train the Trainer – PMP Exam Prep® program and we use PMI-developed training course content.
Training with an Authorized Partner will ensure you are trained:
- By an organization you can trust
- With high-quality PMI-developed course content
- By PMI-approved instructors
What you can expect from us:
- Quality training
- Licensed content for Project Management Professional (PMP)®
- Online learning assets like quizzes, knowledge checks and videos
- Trainers with a badge that shows they are PMI-approved instructors
- Assistance from the trainer for the exam subscription
- PMBOK (last edition)
Still in doubt?
QRP aims to develop professionals, but we also constantly develop ourselves. That means that we constantly aim to offer the best service to our customers. As ATP of PMI we are able to offer you the a top of the notch training course. We will guide you in getting your PMP certification by:
- Our PMP courses include the PMBoK (Project Management body of Knowledge) in its last edition (6th edition for now, 7th edition as soon as it will be launched) which represents good practice for most projects most of the time.
- Any PDU claim made against a course delivered by QRP will automatically be accepted by PMI without audit.
- You can choose between different course formats: we offer classroom, virtual and corporate training.
- QRP has 20 years’ experience delivering Project Management training across the world.
- Our trainers are carefully selected from our specialized network. Most trainers are accredited on multiple Best Practices.
- We continually develop challenging content and events about PMP and related practices in order to shine a different light on the course material and increase peer-to-peer learning and widen your PM horizon. Register here for our upcoming panel discussion about PMP related practices.
Agility to the core, how Agile can drive an organisationLiza Andersson works as Global Sales Operations Project Manager at FLIR. FLIR works Agile in the deeper sense of the word. FLIR does not just say they work Agile, agility is one of their core mind sets. It took FLIR just four days to shift from office work to remote work, for the entire international business. Curious how agility can help overcome obstacles? Read in the full blogpost here.
Project management should fit the organisation’s maturityShana Coenen works as Team Lead Pool Project Leaders, at the Federal Public Service Finance. She realizes that the biggest challenges in her network all regard the different skill levels of the PMO roles and project leaders. She realized that a ‘one size fits all’ training approach does not work and is now looking to offer a wider range of training possibilities and workshops and hopes to go as far as individual coaching and customized learning paths. Wonder what she says about the project's maturity? Read the full blogpost here.
Agile systems are great tools to build productivity on trustEralp Tezcan works as Scrum Master at Realdolmen-Inetum and cooperates daily with other Scrum Masters to work wonders in their teams. Eralp witnessed many organisations that started applying more agile frameworks due to external factors of the pas year. Now that almost all professionals work outside of environments potentially designed for control (offices), both the individual and organisations are learning to trust each other again. Agile systems offer great tools to build productivity on this regained trust. Read the full blogpost here.
Project management in the hospital sectorMaddy Silverans is a staff member of Process and Project Management of the Quality and Strategy department of AZ Sint-Maarten, a hospital. She opens up about Project Management in the Hospital sector, where, unless in many other sectors, project management is not the top priority. 2020 resulted in delay in many projects, because a delayed project definition automatically means a delayed start date of the project. Read the whole blogpost here.
How to create awareness of the positive impact of P3O structureDavina Leysen works as Programme and Project officer at Belnet. At the time of the installment of the PMO, there were many skeptical reactions. However the trust of colleagues and the change in perceptions of the project management approach shifted the tables in Belnet. Davina shares how to get everybody involved to create a common approach. Read the full blogpost here.
In order to fit your needs, QRP offers multiple training formats. We offer our training on-site, virtual and in e-learning. However, our on-site training, while still taking place, is heavily influenced by the COVID-19 virus. Today we live in a world where the COVID-19 virus is not to be missed and where you should try to avoid having too much contact.
While our on-site trainings are being planned and take place, it is obvious that QRP has to adhere to some rules. In order to provide the training, QRP follows the COVID safety-guidelines that the government provided. These guidelines have a big impact on our training and can also limit certain parts of it. For example, you will be required to wear your face mask in the training room all day long, which can limit communication. To see the full list of rules and regulations, please click here.
While we always search to provide just what you are looking for, we do like to also share our opinion regarding the current COVID-19 situation. We noticed that there is still a very high request for open classroom training. Normally we support this choice, but seeing the limitations the rules have upon the training we now highly recommend our Virtual Classroom.
QRP strongly advises virtual live training for the following society reasons:
- Less travel and less contacts with other people is better
- Home office is still the norm for many organisations
QRP strongly advises virtual live training for the following personal reasons:
- A live virtual saves you money (10-20% cheaper than onsite courses)
- A live virtual saves you time (no commuting time)
- Easy combination with work in our half day program
Not to forget
If you want to follow our PRINCE2 or ITIL 4 Foundation courses, you can also choose for our e-learning solution. This will give you the opportunity to follow the course at your own pace and with your personal rhythm!
For more information or if you need help to choose the right format for you and/or colleagues, do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can email or call us directly, here you will find our contact details.