Note: U.S. spelling
has been adopted throughout.

Published here February, 2009.

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Book Structure

As with its predecessor, the 2007 version of Managing Successful Programs (MSP) is structured in four parts as follows:

Part 1: Introduction and Program Management Principles




Program management principles

Part 2: The Governance Theme


Governance themes overview






Leadership and stakeholder engagement


Benefits realization management


Blueprint design and delivery


Planning and control


The Business Case


Risk management and issue resolution


Quality management

Part 3: The Transformational Flow


Transformational flow overview


Identifying a program


Defining a program


Managing the tranches


Delivering the capability


Realizing the benefits


Closing the program

Part 4: Appendices, Further Information and Glossary


Appendix A: Program Information


Appendix B: Adopting Managing Successful Programs


Appendix C: Program Office


Appendix D: Health Checks


Further Information



By comparing this list with that presented with our Review of MSP 2003 readers will observe that Part 2 is again the largest and has been significantly expanded. Part 3 generally covers the same ground as the earlier version though with more detail. However, it has been renamed from The Program Management Lifecycle to The Transformational Flow. How much clarification this change in title adds to the Guide is open to question.

Most people understand what a program is, but not necessarily a transformation. Fortunately, for those like ourselves who obviously need educating, transformation is defined in the Glossary. It means: "A distinct change to the way an organization conducts all or part of its business."[7] We can think of many programs that are not so self-centered. Besides, we are not great fans of change for the sake of change, preferring stability and consistency, especially where "standards" are concerned.

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7. Ibid, p249
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