Book review: MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers

default.aspxRod Snowden wrote the book MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers for those who are Business Change Manager (BCM) – one of the key roles – in a programme. You will get practical advise about your role and your responsibilities looking at themes and the transformational flow in a programme.

If you are the BCM there is no need anymore to read the official Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) guide. This book provides you with the key concepts from MSP and is divided in three parts: Introduction to programme management, the governance themes (the biggest part of the book) and the transactional flow. In the appendices you get an overview of the information baselines: boundary, Governance and management documents and you get your involvement as a BCM with specific MSP documents. E.g. the Benefit profile is a document you write, where e.g. programme manager writes the blueprint but you will provide most of the details. Etc…


Governance Themes:

  • Programme organization
  • Vision and blueprints
  • Benefits management
  • Leadership and stakeholder engagement
  • Risk and issue management
  • Planning and control
  • The business case
  • Quality and assurance management

Transformational flow:

  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing the tranches
  • Delivering the capabilities
  • Realizing the benefits
  • Closing a Programme

All the themes will be discussed in such a way that the following questions will be answered:

  • What does the official MSP manual have to say (brief extract)?
  • What does this mean to you?
  • What is your role and the relationship with the other roles in a programme (SRO, PgM, other BCMs and Programme Office)?

For all processes as part of the transformational flow you will get answers on the following questions:

  • What does MSP have to say?
  • What are the recommended actions you have to take?

This book is much more accessible for you as a BCM than the official MSP manual. On several places it goes beyond the MSP manual when describing your role and responsibility. On the other hand it’s a pity that the chapter about realizing the benefits is as summarized as all the other process related chapters. This process is especially designed for you as a BCM. And I would expect much more details to help you as a BCM what you have to do during pre-transition, transition and post-transition.


3 responses to “Book review: MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers

  1. thanks sir really great analysis

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  3. Reblogged this on Aspire Europe Ltd and commented:
    An excellent review of our book – MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers!


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