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  1. A Bluffer’s Guide MSP Foundation & Practitioner V1.0 Nick Rickard

  2. Topics • Introduction • Course Structure • Preparation • Feedback • Summary

  3. Topics • Introduction • Course Structure • Preparation • Feedback • Summary

  4. Introduction • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a useful methodology undermined by a pedantic exam • The course is focussed on passing the exams, not the application of MSP to daily work

  5. Introduction - Disclaimer • The suggestions listed here got me through… this time • MSP course and exam about to be changed (Sep 10) • MSP Third Edition (2007) due a revision

  6. Topics • Introduction • Course structure • Preparation • Feedback • Summary

  7. Structure • 5 day course • 3 days (inc exam) for Foundation • Closed book, 'simple' one mark questions • 2 days (inc exam) for Practitioner • Open book, 'complex' multiple mark questions • Objective, multiple choice assessment testing knowledge (Foundation) and application to a scenario (Practitioner)

  8. Structure - Foundation • 40 min, closed book • 50 questions, multiple choice • Passmark: 60% (30 marks) • Paper marked immediately and pass/fail result available straight away

  9. Structure - Practitioner • 2 ½ hours, open book (MSP Guide) • 9 complex questions, multiple choice • Passmark: 50% (90 marks) • Papers sent off and results in approx 2 weeks

  10. Structure • Evening work • Additional reading • Consolidate learning • Practice exam papers

  11. Topics • Introduction • Course structure • Preparation • Feedback • Summary

  12. Preparation • Read Appendix A of a friend's MSP Guide if available • Think about own experience of projects and programmes • Particularly how project outputs feed programme outcomes / benefits realisation • No particular courses recommended • APM experience / vocabulary beneficial

  13. Preparation - Tactics • Appendix A of the MSP Guide is the principle source of answers • Defines documents, applicability, and responsibilities • Read chapters of MSP Guide in parallel with course sessions • Reduces the need for evening reading • The course is geared around passing the exam • Applicability of MSP to the work environment can wait until after you've passed

  14. Preparation - Exam • Word association • Recognise terms like 'responsible', 'accountable' in the question • Pedantic • Recognise the semantics of question style • Read the question very carefully

  15. Preparation - Exam • Attempt (Practitioner) questions without the book first • Flicking through the book takes time, save it for where it is really needed

  16. Topics • Introduction • Course structure • Preparation • Feedback • Summary

  17. Feedback • Foundation • Instant pass/fail • Marks not provided • Practitioner Results • Usually within two weeks • Includes a breakdown of marks per question (for the 9 questions)

  18. Feedback • If successful certificate arrives later • Special bonus award • Implement knowledge

  19. Topics • Introduction • Course structure • Preparation • Feedback • Summary

  20. Summary • Don't fight the pedant • That's the assessment criteria • Appendix A is your best friend • Document content, applicability and ownership will answer many questions • GOOD LUCK!!!

  21. A Bluffer’s Guide MSP Foundation & Practitioner Nick Rickard