The Knowledge Academy
The Knowledge Academy MSP® course materials and trainers are accredited by BCS ensuring that delegates receive a consistently high standard of training. The Knowledge Academy course materials are regularly assessed and maintained in line with stringent standards administered by BCS. The Knowledge Academy trainers are regularly assessed by The Knowledge Academy and BCS. to ensure that their knowledge of Programme Management and MSP® is strong enough to deliver training that helps delegates extract maximum benefit from attending our courses.
The Knowledge Academy MSP® course materials are based on the 2011 edition of, “Managing Successful Programmes” and includes examinations based on this manual.
The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner course is designed to maximise delegates’ potential in the MSP® training environment.
Following confirmation of booking The Knowledge Academy will send the pre-course work to the delegate. This work consists of:
1) Reading: Introduction, Principles, Introduction to Themes from the “Managing Successful Programmes”
2) Pre-course workbook to be completed by the delegate and handed to the trainer at the start of course
The pre-course work on a course with The Knowledge Academy will require around 15 hours of study prior to the course start date.
The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner training event is an intensive 5 day course that includes the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner examinations within the course.
Upon booking, joining instructions that describe the course location and other administrative details will also be emailed.
Who Should Attend?
This course is suitable for candidates wishing to acquire the knowledge to successfully sit the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner examinations.
There are no prerequisites for the Foundation examination, however, candidates must achieve a pass at Foundation level before completing the Practitioner examination
The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner 5 day course follows a two part structure. The first three days of the course involve familiarisation with the content of the MSP® manual, preparing for the Foundation examination. Following successful completion of the Foundation examination, delegates will spend one day preparing for the MSP® Practitioner examination, sitting this examination on the final day of the course.
The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner 5 day course covers the following topics:
Principles of MSP®
Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
Benefit Realisation Management
Blueprint design and delivery
Planning and Control
The Business Case
Risk management and issue resolution
Transformational Flow Overview
Identifying a Programme
Defining a Programme
Managing the Tranches
Delivering the Capability
Realising the Benefits
Closing a programme
Tailoring MSP® to the programme environment
MSP® Foundation Exam
Multiple choice examination
75 questions per paper with 1 mark available per question, 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
60 minutes duration
Please note that success in the Foundation examination is a prerequisite for that candidate to move forward to the Practitioner examination.
A 80 question objective-test examination
Pass mark is set at 40 out of 80 - 50%
Success in this examination indicates that the candidate could apply MSP® to the running and managing of a non-complex programmes.
MSP® Practitioner status should be re-registered every 3 to 5 years via the MSP® Re-Registration examination.
How to become a Business Analyst
Business analysis is the task of understanding business change needs – Assessing the business impact of those changes, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery with relevant stakeholders. The Business Analyst is someone who is a part of the business operation and works with IT to improve the quality if the services being delivered.
Businesses need to adapt continually if they are to be successful. The business analyst is the catalyst of these changes, working closely with the business to create innovative solutions to business problems.
The typical deliverables of a Business Analyst could very between; business and functional/non-functional requirements as well as as-is and to-be processes including a business case.
The Business Analyst records requirements a form of management tool, whether it be simple spreadsheet or a complex application.
Areas of business analysis:
Strategic planning - To identify the organisation's business needs
Business model analysis - To define the organisation's policies and market approaches
Process design - To standardise the organisation's workflows
Systems analysis - The interpretation of business rules and requirements for technical systems
You could find yourself in a variation of industries, some including; finance, banking, insurance, telecoms, utilities, software services etc.
To gain a Diploma, candidates must pass four one-hour written examinations on a number of business topics.
There is a combination of core and specialist modules and an oral examination.
There are two types of core modules in the Diploma, these can be gained in any order. You can choose from either “BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice” or “BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering”.
Candidates must also choose one “knowledge-based” module and one “practitioner” module to complete their certificates. You make your choice depending on your own background and preferences. As well as what your organisation requires and the nature of your role(s).
Finally you must sit an oral examination (this lasts for just under an hour). The candidate is required to demonstrate that they can put the competences gained in the written exams into coherent context.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Business Analyst?