MSP Survival Guide for Programme Managers – A Book Review

MSP GuideTime to take your PM skills to the next level. If you are ready to move from managing projects to portfolios, then you need a solid framework. The most popular solution is Managing Successful Programmes. The MSP Survival Guide for Programme Managers by Rod Snowden and Geof Leigh helps you launch MSP into your organization.

Book Details

The book is 17 chapters in two parts across 200 pages. It measures 8.5 x 0.5 X 8.7 inches and weighs 2.2 pounds. It is only available in paperback.


$70 for the paperback version


Target Audience

As part of a series exploring the roles of MSP, this book focuses on people who have completed the basic coursework. This book focuses on the PM role of the framework. Although it’s part of a series, and a stand-alone document.

What Do Customers Say

Just one comment for now. Henny P. (Blogger) appreciated how the book provided easy access to the key concepts of MSP. He feels that this book does a better job of covering the key MSP concepts than the official book.

Content, Approach, and Style

Content: There are two parts to the book. The first part is about Governmental Themes and the second is about Transformational Flow. With each topic, the authors explore the theory and the practice. Unlike an official course book, the focus here is more on the practical application. 

Approach: The authors use bullet lists and charts throughout the book. This visual approach makes it easy to locate a topic and grasp it’s meaning. Extensive discussions about each chart are available for a more in-depth reading.

Style: The authors declare an intention to explain MSP without formality. The book reads like an academic lecture. Each section begins with a simplified explanation of a key MSP concept. After the explanation, they ask a series of rhetorical questions and provide answers.

Why Buy This Book?

Being MSP certified means that you know the theory. This book is the difference between theory and practice. If you’ve recently completed MSP and are moving into programme management, this book is as important as a laptop.

About the Authors

Rod Sowden is a leading author and practitioner of MSP. He has more than 15 years’ experience as a consultant for the respected Aspire Europe. He was the primary author for the official Managing Successful Programmes book that The MSP Survival Guide seeks to support. Geof Leigh’s writings appear in many MSP publications. Most recently he wrote the programme management section of P3M3. He brings 30 years of experience managing portfolios. Connect with Geof via LinkedIn, and with Rod via LinkedIn.

$70 for the paperback version



Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a life long writer with over 20 years' experience in the corporate sector. He now writes about project management software.