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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office; 3rd edition (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0113310404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0113310401
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl Grocock on 26 Nov 2008
A brilliant book covering all aspects of the Managing Successful Programmes curriculum. Easy reading and well laid out it takes you through the requirements for the MSP qualification for both foundation and practitioner levels. Excellent coverage of those bits of project management that didn't really make sense under Prince2 i.e. when you wanted to talk outcomes but were stuck talking outputs. This book and thence the qualification will allow project managers to enter the realms of Programme Management and put together meaningful business related programmes to move organisations forward. If you do embark on this journey make sure your senior managers are similarly interested/inclined.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Bungar on 30 May 2009
I've rated this book 4 out of 5 because it's an easy read. Far easier then Prince 2. It's well laid out, easy to navigate and ultimately, I read this book and passed the MSP exam (with some additional work of course).

It's examples aren't great because the depth isn't there but they do provide a flavour of the real world.

It's a compulsory read for individuals taking the foundation/practitioner examination. It would also provide some very useful insights for Project Managers on how projects connect to programmes, alignments, capabilities v outcomes, business drivers etc to name a few.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Harte on 16 Feb 2009
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If you're serious about understanding and passing the MSP Practitioner Certification Exam then you need this book Managing successful programmes (Office of Government Commerce). Period. Although well structured and easliy searchable it is an 'academic' text rather than a practical 'hands-on' guide. Current Project and Programme Managers will no doubt find much to disagree with but buy it, digest it, get the exam out of the way, then select and implement the appropriate parts as required.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Slater on 16 May 2009
The OGC Managing Successful Programmes publication is an excellent compilation of good practice and common sense approaches to managing programmes. Equally applicable for large public or private sector programmes. As with all such publications, read it and tailor your approach to what you need rather than trying to apply exactly as the book says.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melvin on 1 Jan 2012
Compared to the fine Prince 2 manual this is a tough one to read. Plenty of graphs, tables, bulleted lists and flow diagrams make this a bit hard to swallow. The method in itself is promising and contains lots of good elements. The manual diffuses this as it lacks a proper structure and is a bit incoherent from an educational point of view. The method would benefit (no pun intended) from a different presentation based on a walkthrough of the transformational flow in the core.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lindsay326 on 1 Jan 2011
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All you need to know about managing successful programmes - well written, useful flow charts and diagrams. Good for new programme managers and as a refresher for experienced programme managers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dsrussell on 6 Oct 2010
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I'm working through this book as part of my preparations for the MSP exams. I read the "For Successful Programme Management: Think MSP" introductory book first, and that really helped.

There's quite a change in thinking required between PRINCE2 and MSP and by taking time to read the "Think MSP" book, it enabled me to get over that particular hurdle. Then I set about the MSP manual to really get at the detail.

This manual is so much better written than the P2 equivalent. Even though the concepts are arguably more abstract at Programme Management level, this book makes things much clearer. It's less woolly, the language is easier to digest, there are Tips and Examples given and it hammers home who is responsible for what. The next P2 re-write would do well to take some of this on board.

What I would really like to see, however, is a single illustrative example taken through the process in each chapter. The manual goes a certain way towards this with a Sports Complex example, but then flits around with other examples. I would prefer to stick to a single Case Study and to work it through from start to finish, so that you see the Vision, Blueprint and Project Dossier (say) for the same Programme - then you get to see it go through each of the Flow stages. Maybe there's an idea for a separate book here?

There's a few misprints here and there and some of the diagrams are a bit naff, but other than that this is a good instructional manual. Essential reading for the exams and beyond.
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