Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Broadsword President Jeff Dalton to Be Featured on SPaMCast

29 February 2012

Avon Lake, OH -- Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), pioneers of the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement, today announced that Broadsword's president, Jeff Dalton, will be featured on the Software Process and Measurement Webcast (SPaMCast) beginning Sunday, March 4th.  A recording of the interview will be available after Sunday at www.spamcast.net.

SPaMCast is an industry-leading podcast which explores the dynamic world of software process improvement and measurement.  The cast covers topics that deal with the challenges found in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  Tom Cagley, editor of SPaMCast, and Dalton will discuss agile, Scrum and the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), the leading model for engineering performance improvement.

Broadsword, an SEI Partner, is the world leader in delivering agile solutions that integrate agile methods with the CMMI.  Its popular 2-day "Scrum+CMMI Learning Experience" class teaches attendees to use the CMMI to make Scrum projects better.

"Tom's webcast has always been such a great place to learn from industry leaders.  I'm honored to be a guest of SPaMCast and to discuss such a timely and important topic," Dalton said.  "As Scrum is gaining in popularity in the software and engineering worlds, many companies are not getting the results they had hoped for.  SPaMCast listeners will learn that the CMMI is fully compatible with Scrum, and can be used to improve agile methods, making the investment in agile both powerful and productive."

About SPaMCast

The Software Process and Measurement Webcast (SPaMCast) provides a forum to explore the varied world of software process improvement and measurement.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and listener feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, advice and even occasionally facts.  In a nutshell, the cast provides advice for and from practitioners, methodologists, pundits and consultants.

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Based in southeastern Michigan, 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 companies like Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware and L3 Communications, Broadsword's methods and success is proven throughout North America and the world.

Media Contacts:

Thomas Cagley
Editor, Software Process and Measurement Webcast
Tel: +1 206 888 6111
Email: spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Web: www.spamcast.net

Jeff Dalton
President, Broadsword Solutions Corporation
Tel: +1 248 341 3367
Email: info@broadswordsolutions.com
Web: www.broadswordsolutions.com

Why I'm coming to SEPG (again) this year. Reason #3.


The #3 Reason to Attend SEPGNATo Build Stronger Relationships with Key SEI Leaders
CMMI Appraiser, CMMI Consulting, CMMI Training, CMMI Appraisal, CMMI Assessor, CMMI Consultant
Howdy, Partners – Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies!  It’s time once again for my Top Ten reasons to go to the SEPG North America rodeo in Albuquerque on March 12-15.  If you read my Reason #10Reason #9Reason #8Reason #7Reason #6Reason #5 and Reason #4, you know that SEPG North America is the place to be for anyone who is passionate about process improvement and the CMMI.
So let’s load up the chuck-wagon and get on with my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.
Drum roll, please!  Reason #3 is …
To build stronger relationships with key SEI leaders.
Introducing yourself to your hosts is not only the polite thing to do, it is one of the best reasons for going to the SEPGNA.  Especially this year, when several key SEI leaders will be in attendance.
Since I’m limited to 300-500 words, I can’t talk about ALL of the great folks over at the SEI, so today I’d like to call attention to four influential people that you’ll want to be sure to meet at the Conference.  They are:
  1. Dr. Paul D. Nielsen.  Paul is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the SEI. As you may know, part of Paul’s role is to visit with key customers to help keep the SEI aligned with the needs of leading companies and organizations, which is good for the Partners as well.  Talk to Paul about whether it makes sense for him to interact with your (or your client’s) management team.
  2. Anita Carleton.  Anita is the newly appointed Director of the Software Engineering Process Management (SEPM) Program at the SEI – and one awesome lady as well! Meeting Anita will give you an opportunity to learn about her vision for the  program, and give you a chance to share your ideas as well.   Like Paul, Anita travels to companies and organizations to interact with their management and help improve alignment.  Both you and your customers will benefit from meeting Anita.
  3. Rawdon (“Rusty”) Young.  Rusty is another influential leader in a new role.  As CMMI Program Manager (acting), Rusty is the person to meet if you would like to hear about the future of the CMMI, if you have some ideas for changes (don’t forget to fill out a change request!), or about anything else regarding the CMMI that you want to talk about.  He’s your man!
  4. Lisa Masciantonio.  Lisa is head of the SEI Partner Network and is the main point of contact for all of the SEI Partners.  If you have any Partner issues, Lisa is the one to go to.  In fact, go to Lisa even if you don’t have any issues!  She’s aweeeeeeesome!
As key representatives of the SEI at the SEPGNA Conference, Paul, Anita, Rusty and Lisa are a big part of the face of a product line that is the best process model in the industry.  It’s up to us, as Partners, to get to know them, so that we can work more closely with them on reinforcing the brand.  The SEPGNA is the perfect place to do that.  Be sure to introduce your customers to these fine individuals.
While I don’t have space to write about ALL of the great people at the SEI, don’t forget to connect with Eileen Forrester, Will Hays, Mike Konrad, and many others.
If you haven’t already signed up, be sure to register – and we’ll see you in Albuquerque!
Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #2. 

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. 

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about running a successful CMMI program

Monday, February 27, 2012

Broadsword forms strategic relationship with Pi Innovo

27 February 2012

Plymouth, MI: Pi Innovo -- an international designer and developer of innovative electronics systems -- and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), pioneers of the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement, today announced a strategic partnership to assist Pi Innovo in pursuing its mission for continuous improvement, using the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capabilities Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

Broadsword will apply its agileCMMI Methodology to streamline the CMMI appraisal process for Pi Innovo, making the process more useful and efficient.  The partnership will enable Pi Innovo to add more rigor and measurements to its process, in support of making better decisions and better serving its clients.

"We wanted a true partner," said Walter Lucking, CEO of Pi Innovo US Operations.  "Our goal was to work with someone we could trust that would help us achieve Maturity Level Three, and take us where we wanted to be as a business.  Broadsword came highly recommended, and our experience has been very good."

"Consistent with its reputation for driving the highest quality results for its clients, Pi Innovo has chosen to utilize an accelerated framework for continuous improvement based on the CMMI," Broadsword's president, Jeff Dalton, said.  "We are honored to leverage our management consulting, engineering and process improvement solutions in support of Pi Innovo's mission to be the acknowledged expert in providing consistently innovative electronics systems to all vehicle and related industries."

About Pi Innovo

Pi Innovo is an international organization with a 25-year pedigree of excellence in electronic systems innovation for vehicle and related applications.  Pi Innovo was formed after the recent management buyout of the UK and USA design engineering operations of the South African based Control Instruments Group, previously trading as Pi Shurlok.  Pi Innovo's uniquely adaptable business engagements, based on Pi Team services and OpenECU products, enjoy a strong reputation for deliverinng results of the highest quality, providing outstanding value for clients.

About Broadsword Solutions Company

Based in southeastern Michigan, 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.

Media Contacts:

Alistair Greenhill
Director, Marketing, Pi Innovo
Tel +44 (0) 1223 203409
Email: alistair.greenhill@pi-innovo.com
Web: pi-innovo.com

Walter Lucking
CEO, US Operations, Pi Innovo
Tel +1 (734) 656 0145
Email: walter.lucking@pi-innovo.com
Web: pi-innovo.com

Jeff Dalton
President, Broadsword Solutions Corporation
Tel +1 (248) 341 3367
Email: info@broadswordsolutions.com
Web: www.broadswordsolutions.com

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Why I'm coming to SEPG (again) this year - Reason #5

The #4 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: To Build Stronger Relationships with Your Customers
Jeff Dalton, CMMI Lead Appraiser, CMMI Consultant, CMMI Instructor
Howdy, Partners – by the sun slanting in the Western sky, I see it’s almost time for the SEPG North America rodeo on March 12-15 in Albuquerque.  That means I better put a hitch in my giddy-up and get on with my Top 10 reasons to be there.  (Here’s Reason #10Reason #9Reason #8Reason #7Reason #6 andReason #5.)  Ready?
Then let’s get on with my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.
Drum roll, please!  Reason #4 is …
To build stronger relationships with your customers.
Building relationships with the customer is important in any industry.  But it’s absolutely critical in the context of the CMMI, where we are passionate about organizational process and performance improvement, and helping companies be as great as they can be.
So let me ask you this: will you take the opportunity to build stronger relationships with your customers by bringing them to SEPGNA 2012?
As part of my commitment to the CMMI, I am bringing six of my customers to the conference this year.  Last year I brought five.  Here’s why I think it’s a good thing to do:
SEPGNA allows you to spend quality time with your customers.  So often in our day-to-day work, we are on-site to solve problems.  There are subgroups to be evaluated and artifacts to be collected.  But down in Albuquerque, life moves at a slower pace.  You’ll be able to connect with your customers on a personal level.  You’ll share meals together, attend sessions together, and perhaps take in a round of golf together.
SEPGNA allows you to guide your customers through the learning process.  With you by their side, customers can grasp the real meaning of the CMMI, and the long-term value the model provides.  And when questions come up, you’ll be right there to answer with real-live examples from their current projects.
SEPGNA allows you to introduce your customers to both the SEI and other adopters of the CMMI.  For me, this is one of the most rewarding experiences at the SEPGNA.  I love to see new friendships form when I introduce my customers to the smart folks from the SEI, as well as to the broader community of people with the same problems they’ve been facing.
In my opinion, all of us – both the SEI and its Partners – should strive to be people-integrators.  That means, part of our job is to integrate the customers with each other, so that they can have a support system of their own.
And you know what?  I’ve never met a customer who wasn’t excited about going.
So let’s be generous and share some knowledge.  I urge each of you to invite at least one customer to come.  Have them register – and we’ll see you in Albuquerque!
Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #3.
Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiserwhose blog can be read at www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com.  He can be reached at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tim Zeller Joins with Broadsword, Expands Health Care Services Division

8 February

BETHESDA, MD - Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) today announced that Timothy N. Zeller, J.D., will be immediately joining the company as Senior Consultant.

Zeller is a former chief executive of government and non-profit organizations and has served as General Council and Director of Risk Management and Legal Affairs in the health care industry.  He has been a certified ISO 9000 lead auditor and is an attorney who received his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

As Senior Consultant with Broadsword, Zeller will focus on assistinng the firm's clients using the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.  He will expand the firm's executive consulting capabilities in government relations, labor relations, human resources management and strategic planning.

"My career has led me to focus on helping organizations accelerate performance while increasing their ability to respond to customers with greater agility and quality, which is the primary focus of Broadsword," Zeller said.  "I look forward to applying the firm's popular AgileCMMI methodology to guide companies through a unique incremental and iterative process that improves productivity, eliminates chaos and reduces risk."

"In welcoming Tim to the team, Broadsword continues to add expertise and experience to its health care services division," Broadsword's president, Jeff Dalton, said.  "Tim's dedication to organizational performance improvement will further our mission to help our clients along the path to greatness."

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 using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting and coaching solutions.  Using the CMMI as a toolset, Broadsword works with clients such as Sapient Government Systems, SAIC, Rockwell Collins, L3 Communications, MetroStar Systems, Insight Systems Corporation and Guident Technologies.  Broadsword's methods and success are proven throughout North America and the World.  Broadsword has offices in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and San Diego, and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Contact Jeff Dalton

+1 301.841.7486 or info@broadswordsolutions.com