Thursday, February 26, 2015

Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like only yesterday when a customer gave us our name in 2005, saying we “cut through the noise and politics like a Broadsword.” From that point forward, engineering and software organizations continued to engage us because they knew we brought a practical, agile, and incremental way to improve performance without disrupting their business – and they told us so. For example:

“Our experience working with the Broadsword team was exemplary. They quickly understood our business and helped us to lay out a plan to achieve our CMMI Level 3 goal.” ~ President, PI Innovo

So we kept cutting through the noise and politics to help put more companies on the path to greatness. Now we look up to discover it’s our 10-year anniversary!




To mark the happy occasion, we’re throwing a year-long party.

That’s right, a whole year of hanging out and sharing the good times! We will introduce you to Tim, Ross, Julie, Laura and all the great people we know, and all the great things we’ve been doing together. We’ll laugh. We’ll talk. And we’ll show you how to learn to use the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a model that helps you build better software and run better projects. It’s going to be the jam of the decade!

So come along! We’re letting the good times roll by giving more companies more access to our proven AgileCMMI solutions, Broadsword’s original approach to helping organizations like yours get better at what they are ALREADY doing.

It all starts right here, with the people, products and services that Broadsword is proud to make available to you. We’re handing out plenty of door prizes in 2015, so plan on bringing home lots of valuable take-aways in the weeks and months ahead.

Why throw a bash that lasts all year? Well, you hardly need a reason to party when you see CMMI as we see it - as an ongoing celebration, a model for being joyful in the quest for becoming a great company.

So grab that special software lady or an engineering buddy or two, and join us for a glass of birthday cheer that lasts all year. It’s our CMMI birthday, and we’re bringing the party to you!

Here’s your first door prize. Find out your true baseline and get back some data about how your team aligns with CMMI by taking our complimentary Micro Assessment. Get started with CMMI success! Click here: www.broadswordsolutions.com/micro-assessment.

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec! 

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation, software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

To download eBooks about CMMI, visit Jeff’s Author Page on Amazon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rob Macdonald Joins Broadsword Solutions Corporation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Dalton 
Telephone: 888.715.4423
Email: jeff@broadswordsolutions.com

Rob Macdonald Joins Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Brings entrepreneurial marketing communications background to rapidly growing firm

DETROIT, MI, February 3, 2015 — Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), an organizational performance improvement and engineering strategy company, announced that Rob Macdonald has joined Broadsword. His employment is effective immediately.

Macdonald, who has been a president, vice president and director of several organizations that he founded or co-founded, will lead the company’s inbound marketing efforts, as well as expand Broadsword’s solutions portfolio to help the firm’s clients improve their internal communications.

With over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations, including running his own consulting firm, Macdonald has a record of accomplishment in multiple business roles such as strategy, business development, marketing, content creation and training. He joins the Broadsword’s growing team of performance innovation consultants.

“Rob is a great addition to our leadership team,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword. “Having worked with us for several years as a consultant, Rob has leveraged his creativity and leadership skills to bring innovative and timely solutions to our company. With his passion for operationalizing marketing, Rob will help make our outreach efforts more consistent and predictable, setting us apart from our competition and allowing us to deliver the knowledge and content that our clients value.”

Prior to joining Broadsword, Macdonald successfully led inbound marketing and internal communications projects and programs for companies in the IT, legal, insurance, nonprofit, academic, engineering, marketing and management consulting industries, among others.

“Broadsword is a different kind of organizational performance improvement company,” Macdonald said. “I am looking forward to bringing my creativity, energy and business experience to further position Broadsword as an industry leader in using performance improvement strategies, techniques and tools for our customers.”

Macdonald holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is past president of the American Marketing Association, Baltimore Chapter and co-founder of the first public charter school in Baltimore. His award-winning column appears in the Baltimore Business Journal.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION 


Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and organizational performance improvement firm that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting and coaching solutions. Broadsword serves clients throughout North America with offices in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI, and San Diego, CA. They can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Broadsword Appoints Tim Zeller to Director of Strategic Solutions

BETHESDA, MD - Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) announced today that Tim Zeller has been appointed as Broadsword’s new Director of Strategic Solutions. In his new role, Zeller will work with Broadsword clients to identify and implement new opportunities to improve performance.

Zeller is a former chief executive of government and non-profit organizations and has served as General Council and Director of Risk Management and Legal Affairs in higher education and the health care industry. He is a Certified ISO 9000 lead auditor and SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resource) and an attorney who received his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Zeller will also be responsible for growing Broadsword’s solution offerings, including further expansion of training programs, agile transformation, performance management and organizational change management.

In addition, Zeller will help further develop the integration and synchronization of client performance improvement and transformation initiatives at Broadsword’s clients throughout North America.

“I am excited about the impact we can have for our clients, not only with CMMI and Agile, but with all aspects of performance improvement,” Zeller said.
"We are excited to announce that Tim has joined our team as a Director of Strategic Solutions,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.  “Tim is well-known to Broadsword's clients, and has been working with us as a partner for more than three years.  In his new role, Tim will be working with our existing clients to ensure they are getting all they need from our talented team!”

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm that provides model-based performance improvement solutions for engineering and information technology organizations throughout North America.  Our tools and solutions are customized for each client and are based on Carnegie Mellon University’s Capability Maturity Model Integration. Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner that provides technologies, tools, training, appraisals, and end-to-end solutions for performance innovation in the automotive, defense, aerospace, and government sectors.

Broadsword has offices in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and San Diego, and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Contact Mike Ogorek

(248) 341-3367


Friday, January 9, 2015

New CMMI Training Classes Offered by Broadsword

Introduction to CMMI training class helps organizations achieve Performance Innovation goals


WATERFORD, Mich., January 8, 2015— Broadsword Solutions has scheduled two new Introduction to CMMI-DEV training classes designed to provide attendees with a detailed overview of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). The 3-day course provides systems engineers, software developers, project managers, and process professionals with an understanding of how to use the CMMI, a model that is the  leading framework for software process improvement.

The hands-on, interactive learning experiences provided in this training are designed to help software and engineering professionals learn about CMMI, process models, and how to use them to be a great company.

INTRODUCTION TO CMMI TRAINING
February 11-13, 2015
Livonia, Michigan
Register for "Introduction to CMMI"

INTRODUCTION TO CMMI TRAINING
March 4-6, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Register for "Introduction to CMMI"

Professionals can earn 21 PDUs towards PMP Certification (or 2.5 CEUs) while learning to improve software and engineering performance with the CMMI.

The class will be taught by Jeff Dalton, a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, Candidate SCAMPI Appraiser Observer, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations.  Jeff has taught this class to well over 1,000 students and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.  Jeff is President of Broadsword Solutions.

Completion of this course is recommended for anyone with an interest in improving software and engineering product development processes, and is required for those who wish to participate in a CMM SCAMPI Appraisal, those who wish to enroll in Intermediate Concepts of CMMI, and those who wish to undergo CMMI SCAMPI Lead Appraiser training or CMMI Instructor training.

Questions?

If you have questions please email Broadsword at training@broadswordsolutions.com or call 248-341-3367 for assistance.

For more information about Broadsword please visit: www.broadswordsolutions.com.  For answers to your questions about CMMI, visit www.askthecmmiappraiser.com.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Broadsword Expands Automotive Supplier Capability with the Addition of Ross Timmerman as Senior Consultant

WATERFORD, MI - Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) announced today that Ross Timmerman will be immediately joining the firm as a Senior Consultant.

With more than 18 years in the automotive industry as an electronics engineering design and management professional, Timmerman’s experience includes embedded hardware and software design, project management, process improvement and electronics manufacturing.  His broad experience, especially in the automotive supplier sector, adds additional capability to the Broadsword team. Prior to joining Broadsword, Timmerman worked at Johnson Controls and Visteon.

As a Senior Consultant with Broadsword, Timmerman will focus on assisting clients in the automotive, aerospace, defense, and federal government sectors using Broadsword’s AgileCMMI methodology, which is based on the industry leading Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

“One of the things I am most excited about is that I will be able to take the engineering and process improvement knowledge I have learned and help Broadsword clients to improve,” said Timmerman.

"We are excited to welcome Ross to the Broadsword team,” said Broadsword's president, Jeff Dalton.  “He will play an important role as Broadsword continues to expand its presence with automotive suppliers and in the government, manufacturing, and IT sectors.  We welcome his depth and breadth of experience.  Ross’s passion and focus on business transformation and process improvement will have a significant impact on helping our clients achieve their goals”

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm that provides model-based performance improvement solutions for engineering and information technology organizations throughout North America.  Our tools and solutions are customized for each client and are based on Carnegie Mellon University’s Capability Maturity Model Integration. Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner that provides technologies, tools, training, appraisals, and end-to-end solutions for performance innovation in the automotive, defense, aerospace, and government sectors.

Broadsword has offices in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and San Diego, and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Jeff Dalton to Speak at Agile Leaders Network in Washington, D.C.

WATERFORD, MI, December 2, 2014 -- Leading performance innovation expert Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword Solutions, will speak on "Agile Resiliency" at the Agile Leadership Network DC Chapter. The live event will be held Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EST) in Vienna, VA.

Dalton will present "Agile Resiliency:  How CMMI Will Make Agile Thrive and Survive."

Attendees will learn useful information that they can put in practice right away. Dalton will show how integrating the architectural strengths of the CMMI with an agile approach can help make agile resilient enough to resist the pressure to change – and even scale and thrive.

Click HERE to register:

December 9, 2014 @ 6:30PM in Vienna, Virginia – “Agile Resiliency: How CMMI Will Make Agile Thrive and Survive!”

Register here for the Live Presentation on Agile Resiliency.

Dalton is a highly sought-after author, speaker, and performance improvement consultant whose talks on "Agile Resiliency" have been heard by audiences across North America and online.

ABOUT JEFF DALTON

Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and a  pioneer in using Agile methods to implement CMMI-based solutions that improve software development and organizational processes, Mr. Dalton is a Certified Lead Appraiser and the author of "AgileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute's SEI member award for outstanding representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI Communities through his popular blog, "Ask the CMMI Appraiser."  He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time.  Mr. Dalton can be reached at Appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.


ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Broadsword is an SEI Partner, CMMI Institute Partner and Performance Innovation firm that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting and coaching solutions. Working with great clients like Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware and L-3 Communications, Broadsword's methods and success are proven throughout North America and the World.

Broadsword is based in southeastern Michigan and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com, +1 248-341-3367 or info@broadswordsolutions.com.  For more information, visit the blog at www.AsktheCMMIAppraiser.com.

Dalton to Present on Process Innovation at GL-SPIN

Waterford, MI—December 1, 2014 – The Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN) will feature Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword Solutions, at its December 11 GL-SPIN meeting in Royal Oak, MI.  Dalton’s topic, “Process Innovation at the Speed of Life,” explores the true meaning of “process improvement” and the science behind constant change, as well as the resistance that inevitably accompanies it.

“Most process improvement programs fail – but not for the reasons you might think,” said Dalton. “Engineers and project managers want to improve, they just don’t want low-value “improvements” that bury them in paper and overhead that make their work harder, not easier.”

Dalton will present an agile, object-oriented architecture for performance improvement that resonates with software teams, and gives organizations the best chance to succeed with their process improvement program.

Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2014.
Location: The Bastone Brewery and Eatery, 419 South Main Street Royal Oak, MI 48067

Please RSVP “I Will Attend” to glspin97@gmail.com

JEFF DALTON

Dalton is a certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner, CMMI Instructor, and SCAMPI Candidate Observer.  He is President of Broadsword, a management consulting firm, an author, and consultant with over twenty-five years of technology and software process improvement experience.

He is the author of the popular blog “Ask the CMMI Appraiser” where he answers questions on topics related to agile methods, CMMI, and SCAMPI.  He is co-author of the SEI Publication “CMMI or Agile: why not embrace both?!” and is the creator of “AgileCMMI,” an iterative and incremental approach to process improvement based on the CMMI.  His software engineering and process improvement career spans over two decades with companies including Electronic Data Systems, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard, and Intellicorp.

Dalton is a sought-after conference and event speaker who has appeared as a keynote at QUEST 2014, SEPG 2014: The CMMI Conference, Project Management Institute (PMI) Spring Symposium, and the International Conference on CMMI in Lima, Peru.  He is also a regular speaker at Agile Development West, Better Software East, Agile Processes and Tools, International Conference on CMMI, aSEPG Europe, and the International Conference on Software Quality (ICSQ-ASQ).  He is an author and thought leader in Performance Innovation, CMMI, Performance Improvement, Software Development, and Agile Methods.