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SRO Survival Guides extract – Vision and Blueprint

MSP Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners has been written specifically for the SRO, full of helpful advice to make your hectic life easier

There are many reasons why programmes fail, but failure to grasp the scale of the change being delivered and weak leadership of the programme teams are often contributing factors.

As they are unlikely to have time to read the MSP guide or to go on courses, we have covered the main things that you will need to know in a format that can be easily referenced.

In this series of extracts we are publishing a summary of the key points from each of the chapter of the MSP Survival Guide for SROs. If you would like to buy a copy, please follow this link and quote the discount code of SG15 for a 10% discount.

“If we don’t know where we are going, how will we know when we have arrived let alone how we are going to get there?”  – Yendor Nedwos

You need to grab the vision for the programme. The vision is the guiding star that should inspire those working on the programme on what may be a long and  challenging journey. People expect the leader to have a vision for a better future that they can follow, if you don’t believe in the vision, you will find it very difficult to be an effective and successful SRO

 Creating a blueprint challenges people to think through the consequences of the vision, which may identify issues and decisions that people would rather not have to make. Those decisions will fall to you to make, or you will need to present them to the sponsoring group or other senior people for them to make decisions. Without a blueprint it is not possible to effectively estimate benefits or what capability you will need delivered by the projects

Follow this link for a fuller extract – MSP Survival Guide for SROs tasters – Programme Vision and Blueprint

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MSP Survival Guide for SROs – Programme Business Case

MSP Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners has been written specifically for you (the SRO), full of helpful advice to make your hectic life easier

There are many reasons why programmes fail, but failure to grasp the scale of the change being delivered and weak leadership of the programme teams are often contributing factors.

As you are unlikely to have time to read the MSP guide or to go on courses, we have covered the main things that you will need to know in a format that can be easily referenced.

In this series of extracts we are publishing a summary of the key points from each of the chapter of the MSP Survival Guide for SROs. If you would like to buy a copy, please follow this link and quote the discount code of SG15 for a 10% discount.

Here is our advice for SROs on the Programme Business Case

Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs.’ Scott Adams

The absolute worst sin you can commit is deliberately underestimating the cost and timescale to get your pet initiative accepted hoping once its underway it wont get stopped even though the cost increases. There are likely to be few if any winners but there will be lots of losers such as those who don’t get the benefits.

You should keep the business case close to hand (or at least the summary if it is one of the 100-page types). The business case is your contract with your Executive and investment decision makers, and you are accountable for delivering on that contract, so use it as your decision-making compass.

For the full extract, read on

MSP Survival Guide for SROs tasters – Programme Business Case

 

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Our books – Practical guides to getting things done – 10% off!

Anyone can claim to be at the leading edge of the industry or a thought leader, but how many people put themselves ‘out there’ and go into print as authors securing the backing of one the world’s leading publishing companies like TSO?

As evidence of our unique position, we have listed below where we have contributed to the development of the programme and project management profession through leading the development and authorship of the following publications. For all of the below publications, we are able to offer a 10% discount (off the listed price) if bought through us. Contact us to find out more

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MSP® Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners: What is in it for you?

Tim Banfield, Director of Strategy, MPA wrote the foreword for the SRO guide and says “Great programme leaders deliver great programmes. The emergence of the SRO role over the last 15 years has been a significant step forward. There is more to be done to understand what the SRO role means in different contexts and to help SROs understand how to be effective in their roles. This book is specifically targeted
at SRO’s and I am sure it will make a valuable contribution to helping them achieve consistently higher levels of performance in their role”

The Survival Guides are written specifically with a role in mind. The BCM guide focused on the benefits, techniques and processes of business change that the main manual could not cover. The Programme Manager guide focused on the controls and process of the programme. The SRO guide focuses on keeping your finger on the pulse and steering the ship through troubled waters.

What will you find in the MSP® Survival Guide for SROs:

  1. Big on practical advice, quotes and examples so your day isn’t blighted by pages of bland advice and theory
  2. A foreword from Tim Banfield of the UK Major Projects Authority, one of the most influential figures in the industry today
  3. Written from the position that this is your first programme using MSP® so explanations are practical and straightforward
  4. Simplified lifecycle with advice on where to focus your energy
  5. Flip through format for easy access to the information you need when you need it
  6. Each topic focuses on the Magnificent Seven pieces of advice to help you lead your programme
  7. Extracts from the MSP® pocket book to give you greater detail on topics if you need them
  8. Pointers on where to find more detail in the rest of the trilogy.

AXELOS are planning to use the MSP® Survival Guide series for their MSP® Advanced qualifications in the future.

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Undisputed Thought Leadership

Anyone can claim to be at the leading edge of the industry or a thought leader, but how many people put themselves ‘out there’ and go9237 IBP Stamp_Author WHITE into print as authors securing the backing of one of the world’s leading publishing companies like The TSO?

As evidence of our unique position, we have summarised here how we have contributed to the development of the programme and project management profession through leading the development and authorship of several publications!

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MSP® Survival Guide for Programme Managers is Published!

The MSP® Survival Guide for Programme Managers has finally made it to the book-stores and joins the MSP® Survival Guide for Business Change Managers on public release in the series. MSP® Survival Guide for Programme Managers

The MSP® Survival Guide for programme managers has been written by Rod Sowden and Geof Leigh (lead authors of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) as a project to bring MSP® to life for people.

This book has been designed to be the companion and coach to programme managers using MSP®. Written far more directly than the main manual, it’s role specific to help solve some of the complex challenges a programme manager faces.

For more information on how to buy the book from The TSO, click here

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