Monday, May 18, 2015

BROADSWORD EXPANDS MULTI-MODEL IMPROVEMENT SERVICE

Organizations in Auto Industry Use MMI to Align Frameworks and Methodologies

DETROIT, MI, May 18, 2015 – Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), a performance innovation company, announced that it has expanded capacity to help organizations that have been hindered by a poor integration of popular frameworks and methodologies such as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), ISO/TS and Auto SPICE.  Now, organizations in the automotive industry can more easily align, streamline and combine these frameworks and methods innovatively for greater results, with Broadsword’s Multi-Model Improvement (MMI) solution.

CMMI is a world-class behavioral model for engineering performance improvement that was developed at Carnegie Mellon University.  In using agile methods to implement CMMI-based solutions, Broadsword pioneered the AgileCMMI approach for improving software development and organizational processes.  MMI is another way Broadsword helps auto industry organizations that have been appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 2 or 3 strengthen the way they do business.

"Multi-Model Improvement is about improving and changing the way your company behaves,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton.  “Because our MMI consultants understand the complexity of culture change – and have the skills to help your organization set goals, communicate and solve problems – we help you transform in a positive way, so that you can improve performance, build stronger products and have happier employees and customers.”

Broadsword is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary by expanding its ability to drive high-performance engineering to more companies.  The firm is using its AgileCMMI methodology in more collaborative consulting, coaching and training solutions, including the Agile Resiliency Architecture (ARA), Agile Transformation, and CMMIxs (“extra small”) for firms under 25 people, along with its newly expanded MMI offering.

“Taking a multi-model improvement approach can help alleviate a lot of problems in the auto industry caused by a poor integration of ISO/TS, CMMI and Auto SPICE,” said Ross Timmerman, Senior Consultant with Broadsword.  “MMI helps you improve requirements churn and volatility, meet schedule and budget, and better perform the work you do every day.”
For more information about MMI, the latest free Webinar in Broadsword’s “Everything You Need to Know” Series, “Multi-Model Improvement!” premiers on Wednesday, May 19, 2015 at noon EDT.  Anyone interested may register for the webinar here.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION 


Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and Process 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 ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world.

Broadsword is based in southeastern Michigan and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.



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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BROADSWORD ANNOUNCES “EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW” WEBINAR SERIES

Software engineers learn to solve costly business problems using today’s most popular methodologies and frameworks

WATERFORD, MI, May 6, 2015 – Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), a performance innovation company, announced today it will host a series of free webinars this month, focused on helping software and engineering professionals get the most out of the leading methodologies and frameworks (Scrum, Extreme Programming, CMMI, A-SPICE, ISO9001) and combine them innovatively for greater results.  “Everything You Need to Know” webinars will be led by Broadsword experts who will share leading practices and insights that attendees can use immediately to increase customer satisfaction, reduce costs and improve organizational performance.  The webinar series is open to organizations of all sizes nationwide.

“Today there is tremendous pressure on IT and engineering firms to improve performance using specific evidence-based frameworks, which often leads to a counterproductive certification-mindset,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.  “Webinar attendees will learn a new approach to process and performance improvement that will help them satisfy their customers’ requirements while receiving all of the benefits these frameworks and methodologies were intended to provide, including helping you build higher quality products, have faster delivery, and get predictable, repeatable results.”

Founded in 2005, Broadsword is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary by expanding its ability to drive high-performance engineering to more companies.  With the release of the “Everything You Need to Know” Webinar series, more learning opportunities will be available to more people, wherever they are in their career journey.

Engineering and software professionals interested in learning more about solving costly business problems with innovative process and performance improvement strategies, models and frameworks are invited to sign up for a webinar in Broadsword’s “Everything You Need to Know” series.

Upcoming webinars this month include:

May 13th – “Everything You Need to Know: Agile Transformation!”

May 19th – “Everything You Need to Know: Multi-Model Improvement!”

May 21st -- “Everything You Need to Know: CMMI for Extra-Small Companies!”

May 26th – “Everything You Need to Know: CMMI!”

To sign up, visit www.broadswordsolutions.com

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION 


Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and Process 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, 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, April 23, 2015

BROADSWORD ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF CMMIxs

Innovative Product Helps “Extra-Small” Firms Achieve CMMI Ratings Affordably

WATERFORD, MI, April 23, 2015 – Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), a performance innovation company, announced that it has released CMMIxs (www.cmmixs.com), a subscription-based product designed to help emerging or “extra-small” IT and engineering firms compete for lucrative, multi-year contracts from large buyers like the federal government that require or recommend a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) rating.

CMMI is a world-class behavioral model for engineering performance improvement that was developed at Carnegie Mellon University.  Large buyers use CMMI Ratings as a tool to differentiate among the most qualified suppliers.  Until now, some companies with under 25 employees have been blocked from bidding due to the high cost, complexity and time commitment of adopting the CMMI with traditional methods.

"For many extra-small companies, the road to achieving a CMMI Level 2 or CMMI Level 3 seems too complex, expensive and time-consuming,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton.  “Others small firms are looking for ways to better position themselves for acquisition or merger.  CMMIxs helps them overcome the barriers.”

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), Multi-Model Improvement (MMI), and its newly expanded Agile Transformation offering.  With the release of CMMIxs, Broadsword is able to impact a previously under-served segment of the industry.

“Built around virtual tools and flexible timing, CMMIxs is made available on-demand whenever companies need it,” said Broadsword’s Director of Consulting, Julie Calfin.  “It’s exciting to help them take advantage of our video and webinar technology, online collaboration tools, and our proprietary CMMI Accelerator Tool Kit to get them started with CMMI success.  We expect great things from our CMMIxs clients!”

Engineering and software professionals interested learning more are invited to visit the website (www.cmmixs.com) or participate in the most recent webinar in Broadsword’s “Everything You Need to Know” series: “CMMI for Extra-Small Companies.”

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and Process 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 ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world.

Broadsword is based in southeastern Michigan and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.





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Monday, March 30, 2015

BROADSWORD EXPANDS “AGILE TRANSFORMATION” SERVICE

Waterfall Organizations with CMMI ML2 or ML3 Ratings Gain the Advantages of Agile

WATERFORD, MI, March 30, 2015 – Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), a performance innovation company, announced that it has expanded capacity to make its solutions available to more companies, starting with an Agile Transformation offering for organizations using more traditional “Waterfall” methods for software development.  Now, organizations that have been appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 2 or 3 using the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration can more easily “go Agile” while preserving their investment in CMMI and traditional methodologies.

CMMI is a world-class behavioral model for engineering performance improvement that was developed at Carnegie Mellon University.  Broadsword pioneered the AgileCMMI approach for improving software development and organizational processes, using agile methods to implement CMMI-based solutions.  With AgileCMMI, organizations can safely transition from Waterfall to Agile methods, without disrupting their business.

"Agile Transformation is about organizations adopting new values and behaviors that help teams become more agile,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton.  “The really neat thing about CMMI is that, since both CMMI and Agile are frameworks for improving product quality and delivery, CMMI is very effective at guiding and improving a company’s transformation to Agile methods. This means you can get even more out of your investment in CMMI while using its guidance to ‘go Agile’.”

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), Multi-Model Improvement (MMI), and CMMIxs (“extra small”) for firms under 25 people, along with its newly expanded Agile Transformation offering.

“There are many reasons that a CMMI Level 2 or Level 3 company might want to adopt an Agile approach,” said Broadsword’s Director of Strategic Solutions, Tim Zeller.  “They may want to deliver solutions more rapidly, get products to market faster or retain employees who want to work for a great Agile organization. We’re excited to have expanded our capacity to help more companies reach their Agile Transformation goal.”

Anyone interested in learning more is invited to sign up for the newest Webinar in our “Everything You NEED to Know” Series: “Agile Transformation!

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION 


Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and Process 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 ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world.

Broadsword is based in southeastern Michigan and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.



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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BROADSWORD DELIVERS 50TH SUCCESSFUL CMMI APPRAISAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROADSWORD DELIVERS 50TH SUCCESSFUL CMMI APPRAISAL

ADNET Systems Achieves CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rating

WATERFORD, MI, March 2, 2015 – Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), a performance innovation company, announced that it has led its 50th successful CMMI appraisal.  ADNET Systems (ADNET) – a provider of science, engineering, and information technology solutions – has been re-appraised as Maturity Level 3 (ML3) with the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

CMMI is a world-class behavioral model for engineering performance improvement that was developed at Carnegie Mellon University.  Broadsword pioneered the AgileCMMI approach for improving software development and organizational processes, using agile methods to implement CMMI-based solutions.

“For many years, Broadsword has been our trusted partner because they understand software and business and how to relate the CMMI model to what we are doing,” said Dave Morris, Program and Operations Manager with ADNET.  “The impact of having our successful CMMI ML3 appraisal means higher quality products, and an improved ability to serve our federal agency customers.”

“ADNET was our first appraisal client back in 2006, and we’ve done multiple appraisals together since then,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton, who is one of 419 Certified Lead Appraisers worldwide.  “It’s a testament to ADNET’s passion for continuous improvement that they were our first and 50th client to complete a successful SCAMPI A appraisal!”

The year 2015 has ushered in many milestones for Broadsword, including:

10th year in business
50th successful CMMI appraisal
100th CMMI class delivered

The company 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), Multi-Model Improvement (MMI), Agile Transformation, and CMMIxs (“extra small”) for firms under 25 people, to name a few.

ABOUT ADNET

ADNET Systems, Inc. is an award winning Federal contractor providing science, engineering, and information technology solutions. The company provides its customers with service excellence through comprehensive and cost-effective delivery, reliable operations, and innovative solutions. Founded in 1991, ADNET has earned numerous awards and accolades, including being recognized as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Small-Business Contractor of the Year in both 2008 and 2009. In addition, ADNET was the Goddard Small Business nominee for the NASA-wide George M. Low Quality and Excellence Award in 2009 and 2011.

For more information about ADNET Systems and their SESDA work, visit www.adnet-sys.com/ and the SESDA Web page: www.SESDA3.com

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION 

Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and Process 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 ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword’s success is proven throughout North America and the world.

Broadsword is based in southeastern Michigan and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like only yesterday when a customer gave us our name in 2005, saying we “cut through the noise and politics like a Broadsword.” From that point forward, engineering and software organizations continued to engage us because they knew we brought a practical, agile, and incremental way to improve performance without disrupting their business – and they told us so. For example:

“Our experience working with the Broadsword team was exemplary. They quickly understood our business and helped us to lay out a plan to achieve our CMMI Level 3 goal.” ~ President, PI Innovo

So we kept cutting through the noise and politics to help put more companies on the path to greatness. Now we look up to discover it’s our 10-year anniversary!




To mark the happy occasion, we’re throwing a year-long party.

That’s right, a whole year of hanging out and sharing the good times! We will introduce you to Tim, Ross, Julie, Laura and all the great people we know, and all the great things we’ve been doing together. We’ll laugh. We’ll talk. And we’ll show you how to learn to use the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a model that helps you build better software and run better projects. It’s going to be the jam of the decade!

So come along! We’re letting the good times roll by giving more companies more access to our proven AgileCMMI solutions, Broadsword’s original approach to helping organizations like yours get better at what they are ALREADY doing.

It all starts right here, with the people, products and services that Broadsword is proud to make available to you. We’re handing out plenty of door prizes in 2015, so plan on bringing home lots of valuable take-aways in the weeks and months ahead.

Why throw a bash that lasts all year? Well, you hardly need a reason to party when you see CMMI as we see it - as an ongoing celebration, a model for being joyful in the quest for becoming a great company.

So grab that special software lady or an engineering buddy or two, and join us for a glass of birthday cheer that lasts all year. It’s our CMMI birthday, and we’re bringing the party to you!

Here’s your first door prize. Find out your true baseline and get back some data about how your team aligns with CMMI by taking our complimentary Micro Assessment. Get started with CMMI success! Click here: www.broadswordsolutions.com/micro-assessment.

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec! 

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified 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.

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

To download eBooks about CMMI, visit Jeff’s Author Page on Amazon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rob Macdonald Joins Broadsword Solutions Corporation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Dalton 
Telephone: 888.715.4423
Email: jeff@broadswordsolutions.com

Rob Macdonald Joins Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Brings entrepreneurial marketing communications background to rapidly growing firm

DETROIT, MI, February 3, 2015 — Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), an organizational performance improvement and engineering strategy company, announced that Rob Macdonald has joined Broadsword. His employment is effective immediately.

Macdonald, who has been a president, vice president and director of several organizations that he founded or co-founded, will lead the company’s inbound marketing efforts, as well as expand Broadsword’s solutions portfolio to help the firm’s clients improve their internal communications.

With over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations, including running his own consulting firm, Macdonald has a record of accomplishment in multiple business roles such as strategy, business development, marketing, content creation and training. He joins the Broadsword’s growing team of performance innovation consultants.

“Rob is a great addition to our leadership team,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword. “Having worked with us for several years as a consultant, Rob has leveraged his creativity and leadership skills to bring innovative and timely solutions to our company. With his passion for operationalizing marketing, Rob will help make our outreach efforts more consistent and predictable, setting us apart from our competition and allowing us to deliver the knowledge and content that our clients value.”

Prior to joining Broadsword, Macdonald successfully led inbound marketing and internal communications projects and programs for companies in the IT, legal, insurance, nonprofit, academic, engineering, marketing and management consulting industries, among others.

“Broadsword is a different kind of organizational performance improvement company,” Macdonald said. “I am looking forward to bringing my creativity, energy and business experience to further position Broadsword as an industry leader in using performance improvement strategies, techniques and tools for our customers.”

Macdonald holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is past president of the American Marketing Association, Baltimore Chapter and co-founder of the first public charter school in Baltimore. His award-winning column appears in the Baltimore Business Journal.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION 


Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and organizational performance improvement 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. Broadsword serves clients throughout North America with offices in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI, and San Diego, CA. They can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

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