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
Alan Ferguson is Managing Director of AFA Project Management Limited. He has contributed to all of the Cabinet Office best practice methods through various review and authoring activities. As AFAs lead consultant and trainer, Ferguson has delivered consultancy and training in these methods globally.
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Managing Successful Programmes 5 Chapter 1: Introducing Programme Management: Projects, Programmes and MSP 7 Chapter 2: Understanding What's Involved in a Programme 19 Chapter 3: Identifying a Programme 39 Chapter 4: Focusing on the Principles of Programme Management 51 Part II: Moving Forward with Managing Your Programme 67 Chapter 5: Creating Your Programme's Vision 69 Chapter 6: Building Up a Blueprint 77 Chapter 7: Details, Details: Honing Your Programme 95 Chapter 8: Documenting the Business Case for Your Programme 113 Part III: Managing Multiple Projects 125 Chapter 9: Organizing a Programme: Who does What 127 Chapter 10: Planning and Controlling Your Programme 153 Chapter 11: Managing Risk in Your Programme 173 Chapter 12: Resolving Issues and Keeping Track of Detail 197 Chapter 13: Achieving Quality in Your Programme 211 Part IV: Out in Business as Usual: Exploiting Projects' Capabilities 227 Chapter 14: Keeping 'em Sweet: Engaging Your Stakeholders 229 Chapter 15: Getting Started with Benefits Management: Modelling the Benefits 253 Chapter 16: Reaping the Benefits: Measuring Your Outcomes 275 Chapter 17: Leading People Through Change as the Programme Delivers 285 Part V: Step by Step in Your Programme 295 Chapter 18: Managing a Tranche 297 Chapter 19: Managing Projects within a Programme: Delivering Capability 309 Chapter 20: All Change: Realizing the Benefits through Transition 321 Chapter 21: Closing a Programme 331 Part VI: The Part of Tens 337 Chapter 22: Ten Reasons Why Change Initiatives Go Wrong 339 Chapter 23: Ten Reasons to Run an Initiative as a Programme 345 Chapter 24: Ten Great Ways to Manage Benefits 351 Part VII: Appendixes 357 Appendix A: Looking into MSP Qualifications 359 Appendix B: Glossary of the Main MSP Terms 367 Index 377