Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quality Health Strategies and Broadsword Solutions Partner to Adopt Continuous Improvement Program with CMMI

QHS strives to improve performance while expanding government sector opportunities

Easton, MD—July 19, 2016—Quality Health Strategies (QHS) and Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword) today announced a strategic partnership to assist QHS pursuing its vision for continuous improvement using the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®). QHS is the parent company for Delmarva Foundation, Health Integrity, and the Quality Health Foundation, a group of organizations dedicated to creating solutions to transform health. Broadsword is a leader in performance innovation and process improvement.

CMMI is a process model that provides a clear definition of what an organization should do to promote behaviors that lead to improved performance. Initially most prevalent in the Department of Defense, aerospace, and federal government sectors, CMMI has proven successful in manufacturing, automotive, high-tech, and health care, as well as other industries. CMMI defines the elements required to build great products or deliver great services and combines them into a comprehensive model.

“Continuous improvement is a core value of QHS,” said Tom Hutchinson, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at QHS “As an ISO 9001-certified organization, we are dedicated to using CMMI to help us address every avenue for improvement and provide better service to our clients. At the same time, as we continue pursuing business in the government sector, we anticipate having the ability to qualify for more opportunities with the implementation of CMMI. We chose Broadsword for their clear vision and proven approach, which we think will help us reach our goals.”

Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said “By making the commitment to initiate a continuous improvement architecture and system based on CMMI, QHS will maintain their position as an industry leader that delivers world-class applications at a lower cost with fewer overruns, and wins more competitive business. We’re proud to be a partner in guiding QHS’ CMMI adoption, and look forward to their continued success.”

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CTAC Partners with Broadsword to Integrate Performance Improvement Model and Strengthen Agile Values

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IT Firm will adopt CMMI framework using Broadsword’s agileCMMI Methodology

Falls Church, VA, May 17, 2016 – CTAC, a privately-owned small business that provides web development, technical operations, creative and business process solutions to government and private sector clients, and Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword), a leader in performance innovation and process improvement, today announced a strategic partnership to assist CTAC in adopting a framework for continuous improvement that will strengthen CTAC’s agile values, using agileCMMI, the leading methodology for company-wide process and performance improvement.

As pioneers of the agileCMMI performance improvement methodology, Broadsword will provide integrated agile and Scrum training, as well as agileCMMI workshops, coaching and consulting solutions to help CTAC achieve its capability goals.

“Our culture at CTAC centers on being employee-centric and focused on providing an outstanding customer experience through innovative technology solutions. As a small company, investing in process improvement maturity, such as CMMI, better positions us to serve our clients through effective project planning, management, and delivery. We are excited to partner with Broadsword in this endeavor and selected them based on their commitment to the agile philosophy within CMMI,” said Don Royal, President/CEO of CTAC.

“CTAC is a great example of what happens when software and engineering executives are determined to have all the benefits of agility, combined with the resiliency and rigor of a scalable operational model like CMMI,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton. “The journey will require training, preparation and being tested with an appraisal of the organization’s readiness to adopt the philosophy or methodology they are adopting. We’re proud to be a partner in guiding CTAC’s agileCMMI adoption, and look forward to their continued success.”

ABOUT CTAC

CTAC is a trusted information technology partner of Federal, and State Governmental agencies, as well as the private sector. Since 1993, CTAC has assisted and guided clients to continuous success in reaching mission critical goals and objectives while exceeding expectations and providing rapid delivery of products and services. Our “as-a-service” based approach allows us to deliver technological innovations for effective Government operations and excellence in digital content delivery. We use our experience with the latest technologies to build total solutions and offer full life-cycle development services.

ABOUT BROADSWORD 


Broadsword is a Process Improvement and Performance Innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner that is the world-leader in using agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their agileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching and CMMI training solutions. Working with great clients like the State of Michigan, ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world. Broadsword is based outside of Detroit, MI and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BROADSWORD EXPANDS AGILE TRAINING FOR STATE IT ORGANIZATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Innovative Training Experience Helps IT Adopt Agile while Protecting Investments in Existing Methodologies

DETROIT, MI., April 19, 2016 – Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), a leading performance innovation company and developer of the “Agile Scrum Learning Experience” for the State of Michigan, announced that it has expanded capacity to make its innovative hands-on Agile Training classes available to greater numbers of State government employees, enabling them to align their existing methodology with Agile values and frameworks.

The Agile Scrum Learning Experience is a practical, hands-on agile training class that helps State employees have fun while learning to integrate Agile values and Scrum techniques with the established methodology they are already using.  Through games, exercises and interactive role-play, participants learn about Scrum by actually using Scrum in a team environment.

“One of the great challenges of adopting Agile at the State government level is maintaining the investment in structure and discipline required to keep agency customers satisfied,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword, who has conducted Agile Training classes for hundreds of employees of the State of Michigan and its vendors.  "Our expanded Agile Training classes solve that problem by helping State Directors and managers customize the training to adjust the balance and address the need to make progress, while still effectively managing risk.”

“We had other vendors who weren’t willing to listen to the challenges that we felt we had,” said Ward Beauchamp, EPMO Director, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. “Broadsword was able to listen to our main concerns and provide some tailored training to accommodate that. Broadsword helped us be able to say, ‘We can do this.’ ”

An eBook with more information about Agile Training classes for State IT organizations, “An Agile Success Story,” is available for download on the company’s Agile Training for State IT organizations page.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Broadsword is a Process Improvement and Performance Innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching and CMMI training solutions.  Working with great clients like the State of Michigan, ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world.  Broadsword is based outside of Detroit, MI and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.



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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

ADVOCATE SELECTS BROADSWORD TO PROVIDE “SCRUM + SUITE LEARNING EXPERIENCE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IT Solutions Provider Commits to Agile Training to Align with State of Michigan’s Methods

MARCH 22, 2016, COLUMBUS, OH – Advocate Solutions (Advocate) – a premier provider of objective professional services that drives value in State Government organizations through strategic thinking, project execution, and risk mitigation – announced today that it has selected Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword) to provide its members with training in aligning Agile methods with the SUITE Methodology used by the State of Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB). Advocate will provide this training to all its Michigan staff which they believe will enhance their ongoing commitment to helping clients achieve the client’s vision by delivering high-profile mission-critical projects & programs with the utmost discretion, a quiet effectiveness, and a vigilant eye on the realization of client business objectives.

Broadsword, a process improvement and performance innovation training and consulting firm, developed the Scrum + SUITE Learning Experience to help DTMB employees learn to integrate Agile values and Scrum techniques with the SUITE Methodology. In 1- and 2-day workshops, participants receive practical, hands-on training in being more Agile while using SUITE.

“Through our partnership with the State of Michigan, Advocate will continue to lead the way in providing Michigan unparalleled expert services integrating key aspects of Scrum with our disciplined and structured approach to projects and programs,” said Andy Trestrail, Practice Director for Advocate Solutions. “Going forward, the State can be confident it will lead the way in agility when working with Advocate.”

To date, Broadsword has delivered 15 Scrum + SUITE Learning Experience workshops for the State of Michigan and its vendors. Over 250 class participants have acquired new skills and cutting edge techniques that can help them take a lighter, leaner approach to solving business problems incrementally and iteratively.

“One of the great challenges of adopting Agile at State of Michigan is how to integrate with the vendor community,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword. “Advocate’s commitment to Agile training is a great indicator of their desire to partner and succeed with the State of Michigan.”

ABOUT ADVOCATE SOLUTIONS

Established in 1995, Advocate provides public sector clientele nationwide with a broad range of management consulting and advisory services. Advocate has been instrumental in assisting Public and Private sector clients in establishing strategic advantage through active management of their IT portfolios, mission critical projects, quality processes, and organizational change. Advocate specializes in helping clients with high-profile, mission-critical, politically-sensitive challenges and works to drive value while protecting client interests. More information is available at www.TeamAdvocate.com.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Broadsword is a Process Improvement and Performance Innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching and CMMI training solutions. Working with great clients like ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world. Broadsword is based outside of Detroit, MI and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.



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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Important Announcement: CMMI Institute Joins ISACA

The CMMI Institute has been acquired by ISACA, the standards organization responsible for COBIT and CISA, the cyber security certification leader.

Below is the statement from ISACA:



We are living in a time of dynamic change in our industry. Our respective roles have evolved and are now absolutely critical in helping organizations ensure world-class capability. ISACA must evolve as well to best serve you.

With this commitment in mind, we are pleased to share some exciting news with you today. ISACA has acquired CMMI® Institute, a global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process and technology. CMMI Institute is the organization behind the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a globally adopted capability improvement framework that guides organizations in high-performance operations. It provides tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps.

By joining forces, we broaden our reach in helping organizations optimize their use of technology, increase value for their stakeholders and improve business performance. For you—our member–that means we can better help you raise levels of enterprise wide performance.

This acquisition is a smart investment for ISACA and our members, and will benefit the individuals and enterprises that ISACA and CMMI Institute serve. We will continue to run the organizations separately, with CMMI Institute operating as a subsidiary. However, we will work closely to identify and maximize opportunities to work together in ways that will benefit our members—including new IP generation and potential expansion of current and future programs.

We invite you to learn more here, where you will find a full news announcement, more information about CMMI Institute and an FAQ. If you have additional questions, please send them to news@isaca.org and we will be glad to address them.

We hope you share our enthusiasm for this news and will take advantage of the innovative products and resources that will come as a result of this new relationship. We will keep you updated as they become available. 2016 is sure to be a big year.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

LIVANTA, LLC, PARTNERS WITH BROADSWORD.

Health Care Sector Leader Demonstrates Commitment to Continuous Improvement

JANUARY 14, 2016, Annapolis Junction, MD – Livanta, LLC (Livanta), a provider of business process outsourcing, information technology, risk management, information security and data analysis services for federal and state governments, announced today a strategic partnership with Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword).

Certified in ISO 90001, Livanta will work with Broadsword pursue the organization’s commitment to increasing its focus on maturity and capability, and to formally assess their process maturity. Broadsword will apply its proprietary agileCMMI Methodology™ to assist Livanta’s journey toward continuous improvement, using the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).

Broadsword, with their agileCMMI approach, is unique,” said Kirk Grothe, CEO of Livanta.  “We want position our organization more competitively, deliver services at a lower cost, continue to increase the value of the services we deliver, and demonstrate that the organization possesses the level of maturity commiserate with the level of complexity and size of projects that Livanta currently supports.  We thought Broadsword was the right partner for our needs.”

“Livanta continues to distinguish themselves as an industry leader in their quest for continuous improvement,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton.  “Our deep experience in helping organizations take an agile approach to continuous improvement will allow Livanta to readily quantifying results in shorter time frames, so that they can recast, reevaluate themselves, and deliver the highest possible value to their customers.”

To learn more about Livanta and all of the firm’s IT capabilities, please visit www.livanta.com.

ABOUT LIVANTA, LLC

Livanta LLC, established in 2004, is a privately-held, government contracting firm headquartered in Annapolis Junction, MD. The company’s success lies within its team of knowledgeable professionals who are committed to providing excellent service and quality products. Livanta employs skilled professionals who specialize in request, receipt, imaging, formatting, and analysis of medical documentation and healthcare claims; financial and compliance audits; statistical sampling; calculating and reporting of claims payment error rates; data analysis and management; system security; IT solutions; and Medicare medical review and appeals review programs.

ABOUT BROADSWORD

Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching and CMMI training solutions.  Working with great clients like ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world.  Broadsword is based outside of Detroit, MI and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.



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Monday, November 23, 2015

What Are the Many Benefits of Integrating CMMI for Small Business?


Dear Jeff, I created this company out of nothing three years ago, grew it to 15 people so far, and it’s my baby. I have put everything I have into it, hired the best agile developers, trained them myself, and have the best small team in the business. We want a Maturity Level 3 rating, for bidding purposes, but what are some of the other benefits of CMMI for a small business like us? ~ Tom B. Dear Tom, That’s terrific that you have built a company to be proud of. Clearly you’ve put a lot of time and effort into reaching that goal in such a short time. And it reflects well on you that you are interested in the benefits of CMMI for a small business like yours, beyond the possibility of bidding new business – it can certainly be more than that.
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