Managing Successful Programmes is the 2003 copyright of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in the UK. Consistent with our North American spelling policy, we have used US spelling throughout this review, including the spelling in direct quotations.

Published here March, 2006.

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Book Structure

As we noted, the 2003 version of Managing Successful Programs (MSP) is much different from the 1999 version. The 2003 content is structured in four parts:

Part 1: Introduction and Overview - An introduction to Program Management and a discussion of the process

Part 2: Program Management Principles - The concepts, strategies, techniques and tools that underpin programs

Part 3: The Program Management lifecycle - The activities, inputs, outputs, decisions and responsibilities of the program lifecycle

Part 4: Glossary and appendices

These parts contain the following chapters or contents:

Part 1: Introduction and Overview

  • Introduction
  • Managing the change process

Part 2: Program Management Principles

  • Organization and leadership
  • Benefits management
  • Stakeholder management and communications
  • Risk management and issues resolution
  • Program planning and control
  • Business Case management
  • Quality management

Part 3: The Program Management Lifecycle

  • Overview of processes and products
  • Identifying a program
  • Defining a program
  • Governing a program
  • Managing the portfolio
  • Managing benefits
  • Closing a program

Part 4: Glossary and Appendices

  • Glossary of terms
  • Appendix A: The case for Program Management
  • Appendix B: Program information
  • Appendix C: Risk identification checklist
  • Appendix D: Performance measurement
  • Appendix E: Differences between programs and projects
  • Reference sources

Of the four parts, Part 2 is by far the largest in terms of content, because it describes in detail what MSP considers the seven essential elements of program management.

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