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.

Monday, December 1, 2014

CutTime Productions Performs Classical Concert in Birmingham

Broadsword Extends Its Support for Introducing Classical Music to New Audiences


Detroit, MI – November 25, 2014 - CutTime Productions, LLC, an artistic venture committed to presenting classical music to audiences in diverse musical environments, is performing a concert at Studio D in Birmingham’s railway district.  Admission to the concert is free, but donations are encouraged.

Led by former Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Rick Robinson, CutTime Productions uses three signature ensembles and a publishing house to make classical music more accessible to a wide audience. Robinson has arranged over a hundred famous symphonic and classical works for these ensembles and composed several that blend classical with urban pop to refresh the genre and touch new audiences with these styles.

“It’s not your grandfather’s classical music,” Robinson said.  “Classical music is losing its audience.  One way to solve this is to present classical music more like popular music.”

In its “Classical Revolution” series, CutTime is performing new compositions and showing how popular music can be integrated into classical styles.  CutTime Simfonica, which consists of strings and percussion, will perform Friday, December 5 at Studio D, 661 S. Eton St. at 7:00 p.m.

CutTime is a recipient of the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Detroit grant, which promotes innovation in the arts and the community.  The intent of the December 5 concert is to generate additional support for CutTime to reach its matching grant funding goals and donations are encouraged.

“We are excited that Broadsword has extended its support of CutTime.” said Robinson. "Broadsword’s support helps CutTime Productions reach more audiences nationally with our music and methods, encouraging a wider variety of listeners to open up to classical music."

“For CutTime Productions, music is about engineering the craft, using science and discipline along with creativity to synthesize something new,” Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword Solutions, said.  “In that sense, CutTime Productions does for classical music what Broadsword does for software engineering.  We are proud to continue to be a partner in their success.”

ABOUT CUTTIME PRODUCTIONS
Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, CutTime Productions is on a mission to shift the paradigm of the orchestra establishment while articulating the surprising value of classical music to everyday Americans. More information and samples can be found at www.cuttime.com.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm and the 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 L3 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.comhttp:www.broadswordsolutions.com. For more information about CMMI, visit our blog at www.AskTheCMMIAppraiser.com.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Broadsword Announces CMMI Training

WATERFORD, Mich., November 7, 2014 — Registration is now open for the Introduction to CMMI-DEV class, which will be held February 11-13, 2015 in Livonia, MI.  This 3-day CMMI Institute Authorized course provides attendees with a detailed overview of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). It provides systems engineers, software developers, project managers, and process professionals with an understanding of how to use the CMMI, a model that is the de facto standard and leading framework for software process improvement.

Attendees can receive 21 PDU's towards their PMP Certification for this course!

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.

When:  February 11-13, 2015

Where:  Schoolcraft College Vista Tech Center, Livonia, MI 48152

Cost:  $1,300

To Register:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/february-11-2015-introduction-to-cmmi-dev-training-michigan-tickets-13865019647?aff=rss

Questions? 

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

For more information about us please visit: www.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 successes are proven throughout North America and the World.

Broadsword is based in southeastern Michigan.  They can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com, +1 248-341-3367 or info@broadswordsolutions.com.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Broadsword Presents Webinars on Agile Resiliency and CMMI

WATERFORD, Mich., Oct. 31, 2014 — Engineering and software professionals will expand their knowledge and learn actionable tips and strategies about performance improvement, agile and the CMMI by attending one of Broadsword’s two new webinars scheduled in November. Both of the free online events will be presented by Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.

The first webinar, “Agile Resiliency: Scaling Agile so that it Thrives and Survives,” will be held Thursday, November 6.  To register online, go to:  Agile Resiliency Webinar

Agile Resiliency” is Broadsword’s proven strategy for scaling agile by strengthening and reinforcing agile values, methods, and techniques. In the webinar, Dalton demonstrates how integrating the architectural strengths of the CMMI with an agile approach can help make agile resilient enough to scale and thrive.

Attendees will learn actionable tips for using the “Agile Resilience Architecture" to help drive quality and performance improvement across the board, including how to bring greater clarity and strength to Scrum ceremonies.

In the second webinar, “CMMI: Everything You Need to Know,” attendees will gain an understanding of the popular Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), and learn to answer the “CMMI questions” as an engineering strategy for addressing common business problems such as late projects, over budget projects, and unhappy customers.

CMMI: Everything You Need to Know will be held Thursday, November 20.  To register online, go to: CMMI Webinar 


Jeff Dalton 

Jeff Dalton is Broadsword's President, Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of "agileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He is former Chairman of the CMMI Institute's Partner Advisory Board and past President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN). In 2008, Jeff coined the term Process Debt to describe the crushing, over-bearing processes too many companies employ to achieve a CMMI rating. 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 together through his popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser." He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time. Contact Jeff at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

About Broadsword

Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm that helps engineering and software companies do what they do, better. Learn more about Broadsword at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CMMI Institute announces Global Conference Series!

Today, we are pleased to announce the CMMI Institute Global Conference Series for 2014-2015 in cities that span the globe.

The CMMI Institute Global Conference Series connects organizations and individuals committed to building capability and elevating performance with the best practices, case studies, and shared learning that will equip them to face challenges and reach their goals. Check out the individual events or explore the whole series at the CMMI Institute Global Conference Series website, then mark your calendar and book your room. 

Mark your calendars for these exciting events: 
Interested in being a presenter at one of the CMMI Institute conferences?

If you have a case study that highlights how you improved your organizational capability and performance, we want to hear about your experience.  Submit by visiting the Call for Participation on the conference website, fill out the form and select the conference you plan to attend.

Register early for the Global Congress and save 10%!

CMMI Institute email subscribers can access a special 10% discount on the Early Bird registration rate for the CMMI Institute Global Congress.

Register by 30 November 2014 with the promotional code "EmailSpecial" to unlock the SUPER Early Bird rate. Register Now and Save>

Bookmark http://CMMIConferences.com to keep up with all the news about the CMMI Institute Global Conference Series.


10-11 December 2014
Shenzhen, China
JW Marriott Hotel

Presented in partnership with  ZenithUS and with support from the City Government of Shenzhen


26 - 27 March 2015 
London, England
Location TBA

Presented in partnership with UNICOM.   Event formerly known as SEPG Europe.


12 - 13 May 2015
Seattle, USA
The Westin Seattle Hotel

Event formerly known as SEPG North America


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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified 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.

Monday, October 6, 2014

How can we get value from Requirements Development within Agile teams?

WATERFORD, MI. October 6, 2014 – For many, the language used in the CMMI practices just doesn’t seem very “agile.”  But there is a solution.

“I try to adapt my language to local conditions when working with agile teams, and my favorite word tends to be ‘stuff,’” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.

To help translate the practices in Requirements Development into “stuff that needs to happen,” Dalton suggests that agile teams implement a three-tiered architecture that brings clarity to their requirements process and a cascading “definition of done” that helps ensure that the requirements provide a solid foundation for estimation, design, and development.

Dalton describes the details in the latest episode of “Just the FAQs,” a monthly series written and edited by Dalton and Pat O’Toole that answers frequently asked questions about the CMMI, SCAMPI and process improvement.

To ask questions, offer ideas and provide input, readers are encouraged to contact the authors at pact.otoole@att.net and jeff@broadswordsolutions.com.

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