“Project management is like juggling three balls – time, cost and quality. Programme management is like a troupe of circus performers standing in a circle, each juggling three balls and swapping balls from time to time.” – G. Reiss
- Aspire Europe research and P3M3® assessments show that the majority of organisations are still at level 1 maturity, which means delivery will be characterised as ad-hoc, heroic or chaotic, depending on which programme you look at
- In terms of qualifications, the most popular course is still PRINCE2® with a staggering 69% of UK project management practitioners holding this accreditation, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) comes in second with 24.4% (these statistics are taken from the Arras People Project Management Training Report 2014)
- When it comes to programme management we know our stuff – Aspire Europe provided the lead author for the 2007 and 2011 edition of Managing Successful Programmes and we have recently released another book entitled “MSP® Survival Guide for Business Change Manager”.
If you are interested in finding out what programme management is, then we have two useful references below.
- MSP® in under 2000 words – This article outlines the key concepts of programme management, the principal roles and themes that make programmes distinctive from portfolios and projects. Click here to read.
- If you would rather listen to a podcast, here is Rod Sowden, the MSP® lead author in 2007 and 2011 with a 30 minute overview of the concepts and principles.