Thursday, December 29, 2011

Robroy forms strategic relationship with Broadsword


31 December 2011

BALTIMORE, MD: Robroy & Company, LLC (Robroy), a marketing communications firm, and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), pioneers of the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process/performance improvement, today announced a strategic partnership to assist Broadsword in applying its passion for continuous improvement to the firm’s unique inbound client acquisition approach.

As pioneers of the AgileCMMI methodology for company-wide process and performance improvement, Broadsword has experienced 30% increase in revenue, year-over-year, for last five years, more than doubling growth, and projects more hiring in 2012. The firm expects that the partnership will help generate and convert more online traffic, as well as to add value to, existing relationships.

“From a marketing perspective, Broadsword has two powerful assets,” Robroy Principal, Rob Macdonald, said. “First, the firm is known for the high level of thought-leadership it provides to a community seeking new ways solve business problems. And second, the firm exudes personality: an infectious positive attitude, folksy sense of humor and warmth that wins the trust and confidence of the community.”

Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton, said, “Our firm has grown to the point where we need innovative and timely solutions. Whether it’s by developing interesting and fun copy for our website, advice on blogging or other social media, search engine optimization, or interesting ideas for promoting our products and services, we expect Robroy will play a significant role in helping us generate new opportunities to serve clients.”

About Robroy & Company, LLC

Robroy & Company, founded in 2010, is a strategic marketing communications firm that shows small-to-midsized companies how to generate revenue by leveraging their story, online, in print and in person. Principal Rob Macdonald is a creative revenue generator, content strategist and writer. He serves as the president of the American Marketing Association, Baltimore. His column appears in the Baltimore Business Journal. He blogs at www.robroysblog.com, and tweets @robmacdonald. For more information about Robroy, please visit www.robroysblog.com.

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Broadsword is an SEI 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 Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware and L3 Communications, Broadsword’s methods and success is proven throughout North America and the World.

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

Contact Jeff Dalton

+1 248-341-3367 or info@broadswordsolutions.com

Monday, December 12, 2011

Broadsword forms strategic relationship with ADNET Systems


13 December 2011

ROCKVILLE, MD: ADNET, Systems, Inc (ADNET) – an award-winning federal contractor that provides IT services to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Interior – and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), pioneers of the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement, today announced a strategic partnership to assist ADNET in expanding their commitment to continuous improvement, using the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Capabilities Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

As pioneers of the AgileCMMI methodology for company-wide process and performance improvement, Broadsword has guided ADNET’s increasing adoption of the CMMI for years.

“We like Broadsword’s flexibility,” Head of Corporate Quality, Dave Morris, said. “They understand that the Model is just that. You don’t change the business to the Model, you show how your business can fit with the Model.”

Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton, said, “ADNET is passionate about being the best company they can be for their customers. This passion has been driving them to scale their culture of operational excellence as the company continues to grow. Broadsword is honored to be a part of the journey, clearing away the clutter from their path.”

About ADNET

ADNET, founded in 1991, is an award-winning federal contractor supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Interior, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others. ADNET has reaped several high profile awards and accolades, including the 2008 and 2009 Goddard Small Business Contractor of the Year, the first time in the 25+ year history of the award that a small company won in consecutive years, and was Goddard’s 2009 and 2011 nominee for NASA’s prestigious George M. Low Award. For more information about ADNET, please visit www.aadnet-sys.com.

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation 

Broadsword is an SEI 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 Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware and L3 Communications, Broadsword’s methods and success is proven throughout North America and the World.

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

+1 248-341-3367 or info@broadswordsolutions.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Three Broadsword Senior Consultants to speak at SEPG 2012



Waterford, MI:  Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) today announced that the firm was honored by having three senior consultants selected to speak at the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) SEPG North America 2012 Conference on March 12-15, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.


2012 is the 7th consecutive year that Broadsword has been selected to speak, but this is the first year to have three speakers chosen.


Broadsword was notified of the acceptance of Julie Calfin, Laura Adkins, and Jeff Dalton as expert speakers to deliver four speeches (and one training class) on topics related to the Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.  The submissions process was conducted as a double-blind review, and the speakers were selected based on expertise, not name or company affiliation.


Jeff has been voted "Top Speaker" at multiple SEPG conferences, and was keynote speaker the the International Conference on CMMI in Lima, Peru in 2010.  He will be leading the firm's popular "CMMI+Scrum Learning Experience."


"We are honored and humbled to receive industry verification the Broadsword's expertise, as a company, is regarded so highly, and we look forward to sharing that knowledge," said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.  "I am very proud of the entire team."

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation: 
Broadsword is an SEI 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 Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware, and L3 Communications, Broadsword’s methods and success is proven throughout North America and the world.

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

 

Contact: Jeff Dalton

Phone +1 248-341-3367 or info@broadswordsolutions.com

www.broadswordsolutions.com

Friday, November 25, 2011

Broadsword Forms Strategic Partnership with Guident Technologies to accelerate engineering performance



Herndon, VA:  Guident, a leading integrator of business intelligence, management consulting, and systems engineering services to the government and commercial marketplaces, today announced a strategic partnership with Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) to assist Guident in creating process and process efficiencies that that will benefit its customers using the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

Read more about the Guident-Broadsword Partnership here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Broadsword forms strategic partnership with Evanhoe and Associates, Inc.


DAYTON, OH:  Evenhoe and Associates, Inc. - specialists in IT, AIT, RFID, and AIDC and data collection, integration, and presentation - and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) today announced a strategic partnership to assist Evanhoe in radically accelerating engineering performance using the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

Read more about Evanhoe and Broadsword's partnership here.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

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This Thanksgiving don't be a turkey - and avoid too much stuffing!

Dear Readers,

This year, as Mrs. Appraiser and I head out east to join all of our brother, sister, and little appraisers, I'm reminded to give thanks for all that we have.


We live in a place where we have smart engineers, software developers, analysts, project managers, and testers all doing their best to create some of the best products in the world.  But this year do yourself a favor - and don't be a turkey!

Ever since I was a little appraiser I loved the white meat.  "Just some white meat" I would say as my dad carved out a "partially implemented" piece that was sized just for me.  Mom would insists on a little stuffing, vegetables, and cranberry sauce so that I could "satisfy the goal" of growing up healthy.




But I really just wanted the white meat.  "Just enough, not too much" I would always say.


As we all prepare to head out for the holiday, keep in mind the basics of "Just Enough" process:

- always err on the side of "too little" and not "too much" process.  Engineers will know what to do if there isn't a flowchart.

- keep it simple.  Engineers are smart, they don't need step-by-step instructions.  They need guidelines.  Even if they did need them, you would probably get them wrong anyway.

- keep your documentation short, but consistent and easy to read.  Most people won't read it anyway.

- limit the amount of time and scope you allow people to work on "the process" ("limited WIP") so that it is not possible to over-engineer the solution.  Because if you let them, engineers will produce a process that is un-implementable.

- think of your process as a "product."  As a product, it will need resources, a plan, a design, and architecture, sponsorship, budget, and many other things to be successful.  A "process binder" is not a process system!

- Consider banning the words "process" and "CMMI" from your vernacular.  Want another word?  Try "E-N-G-I-N-E-E-R-I-N-G."

I remind you of these things because MOST organizations miss them.  Don't be a turkey this year and get filled up with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and potatoes.  Just ask for the white meat.  It's healthy and does not have much fat.

If you've taken my CMMI Training class then you've heard many of these things from me.  But if you're working with a CMMI Consultant that is not giving you the straight story, send me a note and I'll post a response.

Have a great holiday!


Jeff Dalton is 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 thousands of students and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Learn more about CMMI Appraisals at www.broadswordsolutions.com



Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Broadsword launches SCRUM+CMMI Learning Experience

Trying to figure our how Scrum and CMMI can work together?  Try Broadsword's Scrum+CMMI Learning Experience, a hands-on learning session that uses Scrum to teach you about Scrum - and how CMMI can make it even better!

A Scrum Team teaches us about Scrum Artifacts using Haiku


 A Scrum team presents a skit: "The Scrum Elements"


A Scrum team used the CMMI to make Scrum even stronger

A Scrum team conducts Sprint Planning,
and makes sure it's complete using the CMMI


Contact Broadsword for the Scrum+CMMI Learning Experience
at info@broadswordsolutions.com

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Broadsword President to speak at the Dayton SPIN - November 17th



Scrum+CMMI: Power Partners in Product Development” – Jeff Dalton

Abstract: 
Everywhere we look, agile methods are taking hold. Whether it is Scrum or XP, Spiral or Crystal, we are all starting to see the positive effects that Agile methods are having on our work. But it's not all good news. Many "agile" shops are not getting anything close to the results they were hoping for. Management still waits for information and makes decisions based on perception. Projects are still late and over budget. People are not trained, and the same mistakes are being made time and time again. But there is an answer. 

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), the leading framework for continuous improvement can ALSO be used to improve Agile methods! CMMI is fully compatible with Scrum and XP, and it fills in the blanks in a way that makes the investment in agile both powerful and productive. 

Speaker: 

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 Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board and President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN). He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time. 


November 17, 2011


For more information go to the Dayton SPIN site at:


http://www.daytonspin.org/

Broadsword Announces new CMMI Training in November

CMMI Version 1.3 is here!  Be among the first to attend this great class!

Earn 24 PDU's for your PMI certification!
This 3-day SEI Authorized CMMI Training 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 defacto standard and leading framework for software process improvement.
Your instructor is 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 1000 students and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.
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 CMMI 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:       November 2nd-4th, 2011 /  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (1:00PM on the 4th)
Where:      Troy, MI
                 Central Michigan University
                 1650 Research Drive
                 Troy, MI 48083
Size:          Maximum of 20 (register early!)
Tuition:     $1300 (that's more than 30% off!)

If you need to register using a Purchase Order please call 248.341.3367 or email training@broadswordsolutions.com.

Bonus Content!  You won't get this from anyone else!
In addition to the SEI Authorized course material, your instructor will present two Broadsword exclusive course modules.  These modules have proven to be the highlight of the course and are only offered by Broadsword:
  • The Secrets of SCAMPI Appraisals
A survey of the SCAMPI Appraisal method and a look inside an actual CMMI SCAMPI Appraisal
  • Agile CMMI: Process Innovation at the Speed of Life
A discussion about the compatibility of CMMI with Agile computing methods and how to apply process maturity in an agile setting
What's include with this course?                                                          
  • Three day v1.3 SEI authorized course
  • SEI Authorized training materials
  • Broadsword exclusive training materials
  • Course completion certificate provided by the SEI
  • A copy of CMMI: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement
  • Breakfast and lunch all three days
  • Carnegie-Mellon University Continuing Education Units or 24 PMI PDUs
  • CMMI v1.3 quick-reference card
  • CMMI v1.3 Reference Poster
Questions?                                                                                   
If you have questions please email us at training@broadswordsolutions.com or call us at 248.341.3367 and we would be happy to assist you.
For more information about us please visit: http://www.broadswordsolutions.com

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Broadsword forms strategic partnership with Movimento Group

14 September 2011
PLYMOUTH/MICHGAN:  Movimento Group—known as the “Go-To” company for control system diagnostic products and services—and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) today announced a strategic partnership to assist Movimento in radically accelerating engineering performance using the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

The CMMI is a world-class engineering process performance model developed by the SEI at Carnegie Mellon University and has been adopted by engineering organizations throughout the world.  At one time the CMMI was most prevalent in the Department of Defense, aerospace, and federal government sectors, but now is just as successful in manufacturing, automotive, high-tech, and health care. 



“Broadsword’s unique combination of skills, expertise, and tools are exactly what we need to move to the next level as a company.  CMMI is key to our future growth and strength as a software company and we are confident that this strategic partnership will help us continue delivering outstanding customer experiences” said Justin Schroeder, Movimento Chief Technology Officer.



Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said "Movimento’s extraordinary commitment to initiate a continuous improvement architecture and system based on the CMMI identifies them as one of the leading engineering organizations in the world.  Their approach will accelerate performance while allowing them to respond to customers with increased agility and quality."


About Movimento Group: 
A technology driven company, Movimento is the world’s leader in vehicle and systems knowledge management, software updates and information products and services.

The Movimento Secure Cloud System changes the way OEMs deal with increased electrical hardware and software complexity throughout the product life cycle. The use of Movimento’s Secure Cloud System improves software robustness from anywhere in the world.

Movimento’s key customers include transportation OEMs and their supply chain as well as non-transportation product manufacturers. Movimento is a global company with offices in North America and Europe providing service and support to virtually any location, worldwide.

For more information, visit Movimento Group’s global website at www.movimentogroup.com.



About Broadsword Solutions Corporation: 
Broadsword is an SEI 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 Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware, and L3 Communications, Broadsword’s methods and success is proven throughout North America and the world.



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

 

Contact: Jeff Dalton

Phone +1 248-341-3367 or info@broadswordsolutions.com

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Yes, we're hiring!

Can you answer YES to all of these questions?

Are you a sales professional who enjoys researching and prospecting to uncover new clients?

Do you take pride in your ability to make connections with people, enroll their commitment and buy-in to provide solutions that drive results?

Do you enjoy a fast-paced, results oriented, team environment requiring multi-tasking and attention to detail?

If you can, then we have the position for you!

We are Broadsword Solutions Corporation and we are an industry leader in helping engineering and software organizations do what they do, better!   We use the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and our AgileCMMI methodology to guide our clients through a unique incremental and iterative process that improves productivity, eliminates chaos, and reduces risk.  We are a trusted partner to leaders of engineering and technology organizations in the federal government, aerospace and automotive industries.  We are dedicated to applying our advice, solutions and tools to help our clients along the path to greatness.  Check us out at broadswordsolutions.com.

We have a position to join our team as a Sales Associate.  You will be researching and prospecting new clients who are not yet familiar with Broadsword.

The successful Sales Associate will achieve the following:

Network with existing contacts and attend industry conferences to identify potential new clients

Research companies in the federal government, aerospace and automotive, and manufacturing industries

Prospect companies unfamiliar with Broadsword, CMMI, and AgileCMMI

Sell new client special solution offerings

Work with entire sales team to successfully bring on new clients


Successful candidates will bring the following:

Bachelor degree

Minimum 3 years of direct sales experience

Background in technology, engineering or process systems

Ability to comfortably communicate and interact with executive level leaders

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong teamwork skills

Detail oriented


Here is what you can expect in return as a Sales Associate:

Competitive base salary plus commission

Opportunity to work for a successful, rapidly growing, family oriented company

Benefits package including medical, dental, 401K with matching and paid vacation and holidays

If you are ready for the challenge and reward of our position, please submit your resume to
broadsword-sales@advisahiring.com.

Broadsword Solutions Corporation has engaged ADVISA Hiring to identify the top candidates for this position. Per their request, please direct all communications about this position to the address above. As we will be communicating with you through this and other advisausa.com and advisahiring.com e-mail addresses, please be sure to take the necessary steps, such as adding this address to your address book, to avoid having correspondence caught in your e-mail filters.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CMMI losing relevance? Hardly!

The SEI's recently released "CMMI Maturity Profile" March 2011 report has mountain of excellent data regarding CMMI adoption.  Though there was a downturn in 2008 due to economic conditions, CMMI adoption has rebounded in 2009 and 2010.  Here at Broadsword, we have seen nothing but an increase in CMMI Appraisals, CMMI Training, and CMMI Consulting across both North and South America.  Some "consultants" have commented that CMMI is "losing it's relevance" because of the reduction in demand by the DOD.  But that reduction has been more than compensated (way more!) by the commercial sector, whose CMMI adoption trajectory is going straight up!

CMMI Adoption by Sector

Monday, May 2, 2011

CMMI Appraisals on the rise since 2009.

A lot has been made of the "slow-down" in CMMI Appraisals in the last two years.  According to the SEI's data, that seems to have been a result of the recession, and we're back up above 2008 levels.  This is a great indicator for the continuous improvement of software and engineering organizations.  Download the complete report at our website http://www.broadswordsolutions.com/resources.  More data to follow.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Broadsword CEO to speak in Washington, DC SPIN

Jeff Dalton, Broadsword's CEO and CMMI Lead Appraiser will be speaking at the Washington D.C. Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) on Wednesday May 4th, 2011. 

The SPIN is sponsored by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, and Washington's chapter is amongst the most active in the nation.

Jeff will be speaking about the impact that blogging and social media have on software process improvement and he will be discussing his own popular blog "Ask The CMMI Appraiser."  This will be his second appearance at the DC SPIN.

For more information about CMMI, CMMI Appraisals, CMMI Training, and consulting go to http://www.broadswordsolutions.com/.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Premium content now available on Broadsword website.

Broadsword President, Jeff Dalton, today announced the availability of Premium Content related to Software Process Improvement on their corporate website at www.broadswordsolutions.com/resources.  This content focuses on using the Capability Maturity Model Integration and Agile methods to improve engineering and software development performance. Gathered from speeches, presentations, and articles written by the company over the last six years, this content is available free of charge for download.

You can learn more at www.broadswordsolutions.com

Early-Bird pricing now open for our June "Introduction to CMMI" training in Troy, MI


Looking for an "Introduction to CMMI" training class?  Planning on being part of a CMMI Appraisal?  Take advantage of early-bird pricing for our "Intro to CMMI v1.3" class in Troy, MI June 1st - 3rd and save $200!
Enter the code "EARLY" on the registration screen for instant savings!

Only a few seats left for our April "Introduction to CMMI" class in Dayton

Broadsword has only a few seats left in our April 27-29 "Introduction to CMMI" training class in Dayton, OH.  This class, which is brand new with the release of CMMI v1.3, is the three-day course authorized by the SEI and will include not only the "Introduction to CMMI v1.3" training materials, but will also include content not available anywhere else.  "CMMI+Agile: Why not implement both?" and "The Secrets of SCAMPI Appraisals" will be presented in a brown-bag session during lunch on the first and second day.

If you're planning on being on an Appraisal Team, or just want to learn more about the CMMI, this "Intro to CMMI" class is something you don't want to miss!

You can register and save 30% at http://www.broadswordsolutions.com.

April Webinar was a great success! Sign up for May!

Our April Webinar was attended by almost 100 listeners from all over the world.  "Upgrade to CMMI v1.3: What you need to know!" was held on April 1st and was kicked off by one of our great project sponsors from Battelle Memorial Institute.  "We went through a rigorous selection process where we narrowed our choices down to ten CMMI consulting firms.  We went with Broadsword because of their proven track record and their AgileCMMI methodology" said Battelle's CMMI program manager.

Our Webinar presentations can be downloaded at Broadsword's Premium Content site at www.broadswordsolutions.com/resources

Check out our CMMI Training schedule at www.broadswordsolutions.com

Don't miss our May Webinar: "CMMI+Agile: Driving Radical Change."  Sign up at http://broadswordsolutions.com.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

New FREE CMMI Webinars announced!

Broadsword has just announced four new FREE Webinars that will help you with different aspects of CMMI.


April: CMM v1.3 Upgrade to CMMI v1.3 - What you need to know
May:  CMMI + Agile: Driving Radical Change
June  CMMI - Everything you need to know
July: The Secrets of SCAMPI Appraisals


Our speaker will be Jeff Dalton, a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and Certified CMMI Instructor.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Broadsword Celebrates seven Years!

Broadsword is celebrating our eighth year as a leading provider of software process improvement and CMMI services.  We conducted our first CMMI Training class back in 2004 and conducted our first CMMI Appraisal in 2005.  Since then we've presented the "Introduction to CMMI" class over sixty times, and have performed CMMI Appraisals and CMMI Consulting with dozens of clients across North America.  Starting with one client in Detroit, Broadsword now serves dozens of clients throughout North America in all areas of process improvement.  Thank you to all of our great clients and our great consultants for helping to make us a success!

SEPG 2011 Coming Soon!

Coming soon to Portland, OR, the SEPG 2011 conference is the place to be for CMMI Appraisal, CMMI Training, and CMMI Consulting information.  Don't miss out on the greatest show on earth!  The third week in March in Portland, OR is the largest gathering of CMMI professionals on the globe.  Broadsword's President, Jeff Dalton, is speaking on Tuesday on "The Agile SCAMPI."  We will also be hosting a client appreciation dinner on Wednesday night for any of our clients that are in attendance.  Don't miss out!

New clients in New York and Detroit!


We are pleased to announce two new clients who have chosen to join us on the Path to Greatness!  The first is a New York builder of hardware and software for the New York Transit System.  They are using agileCMMI to speed their journey and get the most out of the CMMI and process improvement.  The other is in Detroit and builds diagnostic systems for automobiles.  They are building a global architecture for consistent, predictable processes.  We're proud of our excellent client-base and thank all of our great clients for trusting us with their CMMI and Process Improvement programs.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Broadsword announces 2011 CMMI Training Schedule

Our CMMI Training schedule is complete!  This year we'll be sharing our secrets, tips, and training in our CMMI classes in Michigan, Ohio, and Alabama - as well as our popular on-line webinars.

CMMI has been upgraded to CMMI v1.3.  Come to our CMMI Webinars and learn what you need to know to upgrade.  Attend our CMMI Classes to learn all about CMMI and CMMI Appraisals.

For more information go to www.broadswordsolutions.com/products-and-services or email training@broadswordsolutions.com.

CMMI Training Events Hosted By Broadsword Solutions Corporation

FREE Webinar Series: Upgrade to CMMI v1.3 - What you Need to Know!

Friday, April 01, 2011 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

April 2011: Introduction to CMMI Training - Dayton, OH

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)

FREE Webinar Series: CMMI + Agile: Driving Radical Change

Friday, May 06, 2011 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

June 2011: Introduction to CMMI Training - Troy, Michigan

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 03, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)
TroyMI 48083 | Central Michigan University

June 2011 Webinar Series: CMMI - Everything you Need to Know

Friday, June 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM (ET)

September 2011 Introduction to CMMI Training - Huntsville, AL

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)
Location TBD

November 2011: Introduction to CMMI Training - Troy, Michigan

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)
TroyMI 48083 | Central Michigan University
CMMI, SCAMPI, and Capability Maturity Model Integration are registered trademarks of Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, February 14, 2011

Broadsword Announces new Web Site

Broadsword Solutions Corporation today announced the launch if it's new web presence (www.broadswordsolutions.com), the premier site for software process improvement and CMMI related information.


The site, designed by HamiltonMarc Design Studio in collaboration with RobRoy & Company, features premium content, unavailable elsewhere, that can be downloaded free of charge.  


Learn about CMMI, software process improvement, eliminating Process Debt, agileCMMI, and Broadsword's solutions.


Fully integrated with social media sites Twitter, Blogspot, LinkedIn, and Facebook, the site seeks is in the center of the process improvement community.


Contact Broadsword

Register for our April Webinar: CMMI v1.3 Upgrade: What you Need to know!



Broadsword presents "CMMI v1.3 Upgrade: What you need to Know!" during our monthly webinar series April 1, 2011.


On November 1st,  2011 the current version of the CMMI, v1.2 will be retired, and starting today organizations using CMMI will be focusing on the latest release, CMMI v1.3.
There are many changes to the CMMI with this new release. CMMI v1.3 What you Need to Know  is important to you if you're involved with an SEPG, a process team, and appraisal team, or just working as a process coach, auditor, or engineer, you will want to hear this information.
During CMMI v1.3 - What you Need to Know we will also discuss the new SCAMPIsm v1.3, with it's new sampling rules and model interpretation.
Join us for an hour on April 1st, 2011 for CMMI v1.3 - What you Need to Know!
Register today at: http://bsc-aprilwebinar.eventbrite.com/


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jeff Dalton to address the Engineering Society of Detroit

On Tuesday, February 8th, Broadsword's President Jeff Dalton will address the Engineering Society of Detroit and the Michigan User Group (MUG) on the subject of agility and continuous improvements.  The presentation, titled "CMMI+Agile: Driving Radical Change in your Organization" will explore the use of agile methods to bring about enduring change to any engineering organization.  The venue will be the Engineering Society of Detroit in Southfield, MI.  More information can be found at http://www.mug.org


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

What is he difference between an Appraisal and an Audit?

What is the difference between an appraisal (ala CMMI) and an audit (ala TS9100)?  The answer to that has several parts, so stay with me :)
Part I: Intent
The intent of the authors of these documents (the CMMI-DEV model and the TS Audit Specification) is different.  CMMI is not a spec, it is a collection of "lessons learned" or "best practices" that are suggested by the authors, who were a collection of companies, consultants, and research scientists.  TS is a strict collection of work products and procedure requirements.  TS was intended as an audit method to ensure that organizations were "doing what they say they are doing" and that they comply, at the deliverable level, to the audit requirements.  The CMMI was intended as a tool for helping companies "see" how a great company behaves, and to use it as a way to incrementally make themselves better.   It assumes that companies get to decide what is best for them.  In a way, CMMI is one-level of abstraction higher than TS in it's requirement to adhere to certain behaviors, with CMMI being "more trusting" of the TS of your professionals.


Part 2: Collaboration
The SEI specifically states that since CMMI is something that is collaborative in nature (with the participants being management, practitioners, and the Lead Appraiser) it does not have an "audit" component, but is appraised for further opportunities for improvement by a joint team led by the Lead appraiser, whose job it is to ensure that the appraisal method is followed with full integrity.  To support Part I (above), it is the Lead Appraiser/Appraisal Team's job to simply identify strengths and weaknesses, not to "pass" an organization.  OEMs and the DOD have mis-applied the intent so that the line between "audit" and "appraisal" has been blurred.  But that doesn't mean they are the same thing.


Part 3: Behaviors vs. Documents
The TS audit seeks documents that 1) say what you are going to do and 2) show that you did them.  The CMMI seeks evidence that people understand the behaviors that are desired by management, and that they are using those behaviors, and continuously improving them.  Along the way they collaborate with their lead appraiser for advice and assistance in interpreting the model itself.  The documents are merely one form, among several, of demonstrating what behaviors have been used and what the results are.


Part 4: Interpretation of Evidence (this is probably the most important difference)
For a TS audit, documentary evidence is paramount.  Do the documents exist?  An Auditor is following a checklist . For a CMMI appraisal, the documents are merely one consequence of process, and it is vital that the Lead Appraiser and Appraisal Team have a great depth of understanding about how the organization works, what their business needs are, and what they are trying to accomplish.  They synthesize this to try to determine if what is being done is useful and meets the needs of the organization, and their findings will reflect that.  It's not pass or fail, but strengths and weaknesses.  The fact that OEMs and the DOD are trying to force a Pass/Fail mentality does not mean that it should be treated that way.

If you follow a process and a plan, and you incrementally make the improvements you need to make, then the appraisal will come when you are ready.  This is one reason why it's hard to "jam" it into a short schedule as you might a TS audit.  You need to convince the appraisal team (and the certified lead appraiser) that it truly is useful and an infrastructure exists for continuous improvement . . . . and that they are all being used by everyone!


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Broadsword President to be featured at SEI's SEPG 2011

Jeff Dalton, Broadsword's President and Certified Lead Appraiser, has been selected to speak at this year's SEPG 2011, the software process improvement industry's most prestigious and well-attended event.

Jeff is a nationally recognized expert on the CMMI and the use of Agile methods to implement useful, continuous improvement and radical change within engineering organizations.

This year his speech with cover the use of Agile methods while conducting SCAMPI Appraisals with "The Agile SCAMPI: Taming the Savage Beast."

He is co-author of the SEI Publication "CMMI or Agile: Why not Embrace Both!" and received the SEI Member Award for "Outstanding Representative" in 2009 for his work in uniting the CMMI and Agile communities.

A regular speaker at SEPG in years past, he was voted "#1 Speaker" in 2008 and "Top Ten Speaker" in 2009.  Jeff was keynote speaker at the CMMI International Conference 2010 in Lima, Peru and speaks regularly at SPINs, APLN, ASQ, and other events throughout the Americas.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

SEPG NA 2011 is coming soon!

Get set.  Get ready. Go!


SEPG North America, the greatest show on earth for process geeks, is coming soon to Portland, OR.  Held during the 3rd week in March, SEPG is four non-stop days of CMMI, Process, case studies, consultants, clients, parties, dinners, bars, drinking, cigar-smoking (just me and my buddy Dave) and just plain outright fun!


I'll be speaking on "Agile SCAMPI: Taming the Savage Beast" - an iterative and incremental way to approach conducting a SCAMPI Appraisal.


Be there or be square!

New Broadsword Website coming soon!

We've been working closely with our web design partner, HamiltonMarc Interactive Design, and the writers at RobRoy Consulting to deliver a brand new website for Broadsword.  The site will be more interactive, with more and better information bringing together our blog, twitter, events, training classes, and downloadable information.  Look for a release by mid-February.