As part of the toolset offered by AXELOS for the successful delivery of change, three frameworks exist which provide best practice guidance: PRINCE2®, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) and Management of Portfolios (MoP®).
The question is often asked of us ‘So what would be the best one for me to certify in?’ It may be that you are looking to enhance your career or alternatively looking for training to develop your skills in the wider aspects of business change.
We would recommend that you start by asking the question ‘What are my objectives for the training?’ Am I looking to develop my skills in delivering change or am I looking to develop skills in decision making with regard to the changes my organisation/department should invest in to support the achievement of its strategic objectives.
Delivery of Change
If I’m looking to develop my skills in delivering change then PRINCE2 or MSP is likely to be the best training for me.
The PRINCE2 method is focused very much at a project level and provides a method to follow for the successful delivery of projects from start to finish. It contains principles, themes and processes which when integrated together provide a good platform on which you can deliver your projects successfully. The guidance covers key elements of good project management practice including business justification, planning the project, managing risk and what is required to monitor and control a project.
MSP is a practical framework for programme management that contains principles, themes and a ‘transformational flow’ life cycle. None of the principles covered in MSP are particularly new, nor for that matter are the themes (including organization, risk management and leadership and stakeholder engagement) but bringing these ideas together in this framework provides powerful tools to support the delivery of transformational business change through for example a collection of related projects and business change activities. By aligning a number of related projects within a programme it provides the organisation with the capacity to deliver stepped changes in its capability. MSP provides a detailed focus on areas such as benefits management, stakeholder engagement and transitioning of project outputs into the business. MSP training may well be right for you if you are working or hope in the future to be working in transformational change initiatives.
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Defining, Prioritizing and Selecting Change initiatives.
However, if your role or objective relates more to defining, prioritizing and selecting changes by answering questions like ‘What change initiatives should my organization invest in?’ and ‘are these the right ones?’ then certainly training in MoP is what you should consider. MoP is a set of principles, practices and techniques which provide guidance in determining what are the right programmes and projects an organisation should invest in and how they link to the delivery of the organisation’s or department’s strategic objectives. This training is suitable for people at various levels in the organization from the CEO right through to programme and project managers.
It is worthwhile to note that these are excellent frameworks which contain best practice guidance. So in answer to the question ‘What should I train in?’ is your focus now or likely to be about ‘doing projects and programmes right’ or ‘doing the right programmes and projects’? Which one is right for you?