Programme Management Knowledge Nugget

“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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
MSP® is a registered trademark of the AXELOS Limited.
PRINCE2® is a registered trademark of the AXELOS Limited.

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