In the latest of our PRINCE2 Training Video resources, our Lead Trainer Claudine explains the difference between MSP Training and PRINCE2 Training – how the methodologies differ, and who should consider each qualification
A full transcript of the video is below
Transcript of Video
Colin – Claudine. We are going to ask you some of the questions we often get asked about MSP and PRINCE2. One thing we get asked a lot is “What is MSP and how is it different from PRINCE2?” PRINCE2 is about managing projects – we know that – so what’s MSP and how is it different from PRINCE2?
Claudine – MSP is Managing Successful Programmes. MSP is a methodology applied to programme management for the purpose of transformational change.
Colin – Why are programmes different to projects?
Claudine – A programme is a group of project that are focusing on the same end goal or vision. Programme management operates at a much higher level to project management. Whilst the outcomes of a project are typically well defined from the start, programme outcomes are sometimes not, as they will evolve as the programme goes along. So programmes are managed in quite a different way to projects. MSP is the methodology you use for effectively managing a programme.
Colin – is the MSP course structure quite similar to the PRINCE2 structure?
Claudine – Yes, with an MSP Practitioner training course the first 3 days are spent going through MSP foundation material, with the MSP Foundation exam at the end of day three. Day 4 of the MSP course is all about preparing for the MSP Practitioner exam and exam techniques, and on day 5 we have some more study time and the MSP Practitioner exam itself.