The Performance Institute Releases New Research on Program Management for Agile

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The Performance Institute announced today the release of its new research report, Program Management on Agile: Retooling Your Approach for Agile Success.

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Agile, a practice that is strongly associated with software development, is taking on a new role in business. Agile techniques and thinking are being applied to a wider range of projects where workers see the opportunity for increased performance. “The benefits of program management for Agile are derived in part by placing a tremendous amount of responsibility and accountability on the individual team members,” says Keith Kerr, a recognized thought leader in the project, program and portfolio management and one of the report’s authors. “There is an understanding that great teams build great software and those teams should be trusted and empowered to deliver beyond software development.”

It has become apparent to the researchers and authors that more organizations are employing Agile, but the techniques and methods being implemented are unplanned making enterprise implementation difficult. The key learning objective from this report is how to make program management for Agile a success in organizations, programs and teams.

The research uncovered ways to better identify the role of and utilize program management and the program management office in an organizational environment adopting Agile development. The report provides insights on how to incorporate the Agile philosophy across all operating units helping employees find the realized value of Agile, making its adoption easier. Specific application of the research findings can lay the foundation for an organization to create an overarching vision of master planning and resource management that ties individual projects to organizational strategy and priorities.

For more findings from The Performance Institute’s new research report, please visit our website at

About the Performance Institute: The Performance Institute is a private, non-partisan think tank seeking to improve government, corporate, and non-profit performance through the principles of performance, accountability, engagement, and transparency. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, the Institute serves as the nation's leading authority and repository on performance-based management practices for government. To learn more about our organization, please visit


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