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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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.
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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!
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