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.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jeff Dalton Selected as Keynote Speaker at the Business Agility Conference

Performance Innovator to Reveal “12 Questions Wildly Successful Companies Answer Every Day”

DETROIT, MI, August 25, 2015 – Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) announced today that the firm’s President, Jeff Dalton, has been selected as Keynote Speaker at the Business Agility Conference on September 23-25, 2015. The Business Agility Conference, hosted by Geri Winters of Wyyzzk, Inc., is designed for business leaders, founders and principals of companies, as well as leaders of business units who are seeking innovative ways to grow. The event takes place at the Austin Marriott South in Austin, TX.

“The goal is to help people get across the problem areas that often stymie growing businesses,” said Geri Winters. “Experts like our Keynote Speaker, Jeff Dalton, will help business leaders discover new ways to get to a larger size and take advantage of their success, without losing what was great about being smaller.”

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword, a performance innovation company that uses agile methods for incremental and iterative process improvement designed to eliminate the process debt that demoralizes teams and destroys any potential productivity gains. As an agile pioneer in the CMMI world, as well as a Lead Appraiser, Scrum Master, CMMI consultant and author, Jeff will share valuable strategies for achieving personal and organizational greatness with his keynote presentation, “12 Questions Wildly Successful Companies Answer Every Day.”

“I’m looking forward to sharing some ideas on how agility and agile techniques can help companies thrive by having them explore the answers to twelve very important questions about business success,” said Jeff Dalton.

Business professionals interested in attending the Conference are invited to register for the event at Those who sign up now through August 31st (or until the event sells out) may use the 15% discount code: HUSH2015.


Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword, a different kind of performance innovation firm that helps engineering and software organizations get better at what they are already doing. He is a Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of “agileCMMI,” Broadsword’s leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.

Jeff has been the Keynote Speaker at numerous conferences including the International Software and Engineering Conference in Lima, Peru, the PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium, the 2014 QUEST Conference and Expo, the SEPG Conference 2014, and the CMMI Global Congress 2015. Jeff served as the Chairman of the Partner Advisory Board at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and CMMI Institute, has been president of Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network, and 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.


Jeff Dalton, President, Broadsword