Thursday, January 14, 2016


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


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.


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


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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Is CMMI for the small business cost-prohibitive?

Hey, Jeff – My business partner is interested in a CMMI maturity level for small business, if such a thing exists. I told him CMMI for the small business is cost-prohibitive for a company under 25 FTEs like ours that is just trying to do the right things to improve performance. Am I right? ~ Joseph “Jody” D. Dear Jody – Nope, your partner is right. Based on what you’ve shared here, an evidence-based tool like the CMMI is the best framework for what you are trying to do, even as a small company. I’ll explain why below.

Monday, October 19, 2015

CMMI for the Small Business: Interview with Laura Adkins

Hello, readers! Today we’re talking with Laura Adkins, a Senior Consultant with Broadsword and expert in helping small businesses gain the competitive advantage they need to grow. For businesses with under 25 employees, CMMI for small business once seemed unattainable – but people like Laura are changing that by helping emerging IT and engineering firms gain the same advantages as large organizations, with a new subscription program called CMMIxs. Let’s find out how it works!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Raydon Corporation Hosts 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Supporting the Military Child Education Coalition and Florida National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

Port Orange, FL (October 1, 2015) – Today, Raydon Corporation (Raydon), a world leader in virtual reality simulation and training to the U.S. military, and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), pioneers of the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process and performance improvement, announced that Raydon will host its 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of the Military Child Education Coalition and Florida National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.

The golf tournament will be held on October 2, 2015. The event takes place at LPGA International, in Daytona Beach, FL. Broadsword is a sponsor of the tournament, which will feature members of the military and business communities, and their families.

“I’m thrilled that Broadsword has the opportunity to sponsor Raydon’s seventh annual golf tournament,” Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said. “The event has been a great success, and we hope this year’s turnout helps Raydon raise more money to help more young people and families through the Military Child Education Coalition and Florida National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. It is an honor to support Raydon in making a difference and working for a great cause.”

For more information, registration and multi-level sponsorship opportunities for the charity event, please visit


The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a 501(C)(3) charity, non-profit worldwide organization; focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition. For more information, visit,

ABOUT The NG Youth ChalleNGe Program

The NG Youth ChalleNGe Program, a 501 (c)(3) charity is a preventive at-risk youth program, targets participants who are unemployed, drug-free high-school dropouts, 16 to 18 years old. For more information on the Florida National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, visit


Raydon Corporation has been at the leading edge of virtual training technology for almost three decades, long depended on by the U.S. armed forces for providing dependable and affordable simulation-training products and solutions. Raydon provides a wide range of trainers that include Unstabilized Gunnery Trainers™, tabletop trainers, Conduct of Fire Trainers for Tanks & Bradley’s, Route Clearance and Convoy Trainers. Raydon was selected as Military Training Technology Magazine's Top Simulation & Training Company for 2015.


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. Based outside of Detroit, MI, the firm can be reached at


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Broadsword Expands Healthcare Capability

Transformation Specialist Darian Poinsetta Joins Firm as Senior Consultant

WATERFORD, MI – September 17, 2015 - Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), an engineering strategy and organizational performance improvement company, announced today that Darian Poinsetta, a healthcare transformation specialist, has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant, effective immediately.

Darian brings more than 24 years of experience delivering multi-scale programs in the healthcare industry, from concept through execution.   As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Poinsetta is skilled at designing and deploying solutions to drive business value.  His experience includes project management, program management, business process improvement, benefit realization and solutions design.  His broad background, which includes management consulting in the technology and federal government sectors as well as healthcare, expands the capability of the Broadsword team. Prior to joining Broadsword, Poinsetta was the VP, Program Management Operations at The Olofson Group.

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

“I am looking forward to leveraging my flexibility and problem-solving skills to help Broadsword’s clients reach their goals,” said Poinsetta.  “With my background, I have developed an understanding of how to bridge the gap between what technology can do and what the business needs it to do, helping make sure both sides get what they need from each other to be successful.”

"We are excited to welcome Darian to the Broadsword team,” said Broadsword's president, Jeff Dalton.  “With his depth and breadth of experience, Darian will play an important role as Broadsword continues to expand its presence with healthcare organizations and in the government sectors.  Darian’s passion and focus on solving complex problems 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. The firm’s 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 healthcare, automotive, defense, aerospace, and government sectors.

Broadsword is headquartered outside of Detroit, MI, and has offices in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, CA.  More information is available at

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Broadsword Expands CMMI Training Classes

1-Day CMMI-SVC Class Added as Supplement to Popular 3-Day CMMI-DEV Course

WATERFORD, MI, September 8th 2015 – Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), a leading performance innovation company for the engineering and software industries, announced that it has added a training course to its offerings on the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.  A supplement to the company’s popular “Introduction to CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV)” course on September 15-17th, the one-day “CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC)” training takes place on September 18th, in Novi, Michigan.

CMMI is a world-class behavioral model for engineering performance improvement that was developed at Carnegie Mellon University.  The Model offers several “constellations,” or collections of process areas, including CMMI-DEV, CMMI-SVC and CMMI for Acquisitions (CMMI-ACQ). The CMMI-SVC constellation provides guidance for applying CMMI best practices in a service provider organization, and covers many of the elements that are missing in other areas, particularly customer service.

“We’re pleased to expand our offering of CMMI training classes,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton, who is one of 419 Certified Lead Appraisers worldwide, and has conducted over 100 CMMI training classes.  “In the CMMI for Services class, you’ll learn to focus on building services and products that support your business strategy, such as how to deploy and improve customer service, and increase customer satisfaction, helping you be as great at delivering services as you know you can be.”

Those interested in signing up for the CMMI-SVC training and CMMI-DEV training classes in Michigan are invited to register here.


Broadsword is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary by expanding its ability to drive high-performance engineering to more companies, using its AgileCMMI methodology in collaborative consulting, coaching and training solutions, including the Agile Resiliency Architecture (ARA), Agile Transformation and CMMIxs (“extra small”) for firms under 25 people, to name a few. Working with great clients like ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword’s success is proven throughout North America and the world.