Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Broadsword's Jeff Dalton Selected as Keynote Speaker for QUEST 2014 Conference

"Agile Resiliency:  How CMMI Will Make Agile Thrive and Survive"


Waterford, Mich., Dec.3, 2013 -- Broadsword announced today that president Jeff Dalton has been selected to deliver the keynote presentation at North America QUEST 2014 Conference and Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, April 7-11, 2014.  Mr. Dalton's presentation, "Agile Resiliency:  How CMMI Will Make Agile Thrive and Survive," takes place on Thursday, April 10 from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM.

Online registration is available at:  http://www.qaiquest.org/2014/registration/pricing

Agile Resiliency is about strengthening and reinforcing agile values, methods, and techniques so that it can scale and thrive in this conflicted environment by integrating with the architectural strengths of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a proven and widely adopted framework used to deploy a continuous improvement infrastructure.  

For more information about Agile Resiliency and other engineering strategies and organizational performance innovations, visit:  http://www.broadswordsolutions.com

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Introduction to CMMI-DEV Training January 28-30 in Virginia

Register now for "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3"in Chantilly, VA!

Chantilly, VA -- Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), an Agile process innovation firm with offices in Detroit, Bethesda, and San Diego, presents "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3" in Chantilly, VA January 28-30, 2014 at Agilex.

This 3-day CMMI Institute training course provides attendees with a detailed overview of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), the leading framework for improving software development and engineering performance.

ABOUT BROADSWORD
Broadsword is an SEI and 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.

CMMI Institute to Help Companies Elevate Performance

PITTSBURGH — The CMMI Institute announced today its strategy to extend the reach of the CMMI model to enable businesses of every size in every industry to elevate performance and to provide tools that equip CMMI practitioners to begin and to grow their journey with CMMI.
The CMMI Institute, established by Carnegie Mellon University, is home to the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a gold standard of excellence in software and systems development. The Institute will continue to help this market to solve business problems while advancing the use of the model to new industry sectors around the world.
CMMI is used by some of the world’s most admired and innovative organizations, including Samsung, Accenture, Proctor & Gamble, and Siemens. CMMI adoption has been a powerful differentiator for businesses and a catalyst for economic growth in regions that invest in its broad adoption.
“To compete in the global market, leaders must build organizations that can consistently deliver quality and value in products and services,” said Kirk Botula, CEO of CMMI Institute. “The CMMI Institute enables organizations committed to excellence to achieve measurable results in the facets of their business that matter most to their goals. CMMI provides a framework of practices that can help organizations to identify and address key challenges to improve performance and the bottom line. We all know work is not the way it is supposed to be—CMMI helps make it better.”
The CMMI model was developed at Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) through collaboration of government, industry, and academia to help the Department of Defense and its contractors like Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing improve their software engineering capabilities. Widely trusted as a mark of reliability, many organizations require CMMI adoption as a pre-requisite for bidding on contracts.
Thousands of companies across multiple industry sectors in 94 countries have adopted its practices to elevate performance and have been appraised for capability and maturity using CMMI methods. The CMMI product suite includes product development, service delivery, procurement, and staff management—making it a worthwhile investment for any business. Carnegie Mellon University founded the CMMI Institute in order extend the benefits of CMMI beyond software and systems engineering to any product or service company regardless of size or industry.
KK Raman, Partner Business Excellence, KPMG India says, "Carnegie Mellon is a pioneer in developing best practices and transitioning them to industry, and this is reflected in the global adoption of the CMMI. KPMG is one of the premier organizations around the world with over a decade long partnership with CMU. We help use the CMMI Institute product suite—frameworks, training, certifications, and appraisal methods—to achieve organizational goals by enhancing processes.”
Extending the Benefits of CMMI
The global adoption of CMMI is supported through a vast network of partners who guide organizations in the successful adoption of the CMMI models. As part of today’s news, CMMI Institute is advancing the practice of CMMI with an online self-assessment tool as well as new professional credentials for practitioners.
  • CMMI Self-Assessment Tool: A new online tool that allows organizations to begin their journey of elevating performance as well as to diagnose their existing implementation by assessing the current state of their organization. By answering a brief set of questions, users will gain critical insights that provide an analysis of an organization’s strengths and weaknesses as well as solutions to improve the capability of their organization.
  • CMMI Associate and CMMI Professional Certification: The CMMI Institute will be offering certifications to help individuals translate their experience with CMMI into professional development opportunities. CMMI Associate and CMMI Professional Certifications will provide confirmation of an individual’s knowledge of basic and advanced concepts in CMMI and demonstrate to current and prospective employers they are dedicated to excellence and have valuable skills to help elevate organizational performance.
“As a professional who uses CMMI daily in my work, I am committed to advancing my understanding of the models and to helping my clients and my organization position themselves to successfully meet their goals. The practitioner credentials will not only provide a clear path for my growth, it will also help me to communicate and validate my skills to my clients as well as my organization,” said Capri Dye of Hubbert Systems Consulting, Inc. 
The CMMI Self-Assessment Tool and Practitioner Certifications will be available in early 2014.

About CMMI Institute
The CMMI Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, is dedicated to elevating organizational performance through best-in-class solutions to real-world challenges. The Institute is the home of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Development, Services, and Acquisition; and the People Capability Maturity Model which are process improvement models that create high-performance, high-maturity cultures. The models are used in thousands of organizations worldwide to deliver business results that serve as differentiators in the global market.


To learn more about how CMMI can help your organization elevate performance, visit cmmiinstitute.com.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pat O'Toole and Jeff Dalton to Collaborate on "Just the FAQs" CMMI Series

Jeff Dalton and Pat O'Toole have launched a new CMMI-related series called "Just the FAQs."  The monthly article series focuses on providing answers to the most frequently asked questions about the CMMI, SCAMPI, and process improvement.

O'Toole, Principal Consultant with Process Assessment, Consulting and Training, LLC (PACT), and Dalton, President of Broadsword, are seeking active engagement from the community to identify their major questions, offer enhancements to their answers and to offer alternative responses.

In the first article in the series, Pat addresses the frequently asked question:   "Why is REQM at ML2 while RD is at ML2?"  To view the article, go to the "Ask the CMMI Appraiser" blog: www.askthecmmiappraiser.com.

"Just the FAQs" is written and edited by Pat O'Toole and Jeff Dalton.  Please contact the authors at pact.otoole@att.net and jeff@broadswordsolutions.com to ask questions, offer ideas and provide input.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

CMMI - Everything you Need to Know!

WATERFORD, Mich., October 29, 2013 -- Broadsword Solutions will present a free webinar called:   CMMI - Everything You Need to Know!  The webinar will be held February 14, 2014 at 1 p.m.  Register Online at http://bit.ly/1h2Pj9Q.

This two hour webinar provides you with everything you need to know to get started with the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).  It will provide systems engineers, software developers, project managers, and process professionals with a basic understanding of how to use the CMMI, a model that is the defacto standard and leading framework for software process improvement.

Our instructor is Jeff Dalton, author of the popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser."  Jeff 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 is Chairman of the SEI's Partner Advisory Board, has taught the formal "Introduction to CMMI" three-day class to well over 1,500 students, and has conducted hundreds of CMMI appraisals.

For more information about us please visit: http://www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Contact Broadsword Solutions Corporation if you have questions about the November 13th Webinar: CMMI - Everything you Need to Know!


Jeff Dalton


Jeff Dalton is Broadsword's President, Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of "agileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.  He is Chairman of the CMMI Institute's Partner Advisory Board and former President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN).  Jeff has been named the Keynote Speaker for the PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium.  In 2008, Jeff coined the term Process Debt to describe the crushing, over-bearing processes too many companies employ to achieve a CMMI rating.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute's SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI communities together through his popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser."  He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time.  You can reach Jeff at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com


About Broadsword

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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Broadsword Presents Agile Resiliency Webinar

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Oct. 7, 2013 — Broadsword Solutions is presenting a free Webinar titled:  Agile Resiliency -- Scaling Agile so that it Thrives and Survives.  The Webinar will be held October 25, 1-2 p.m.  Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7276611541/rss.

In every industry, IT and Software Engineering organizations are embracing agile methods to take advantage of the benefits of incremental and iterative delivery.  Large corporations and the Federal Government are increasingly directing software developers to "be agile," but business practices related to marketing, procurement, project management, and systems definition are anything but.  


These organizations all heavily outweigh software development both in budget and in influence. While more software developers are living in an agile world, the business continues to live in a waterfall.  It's not a conflict that will be easily resolved, but there is an opportunity to take control of the debate.

Agile Resiliency is about strengthening and reinforcing Agile values, methods, and techniques so that it can scale and thrive in this conflicted environment by integrating with the architectural strengths of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a proven and widely adopted framework used to deploy a continuous improvement infrastructure.  While the CMMI has been successfully deployed for years in support of more "traditional" engineering projects, it is methodology agnostic, so its strength can also be leveraged to strengthen Agile methods.  Why not embrace both?

Jeff Dalton

Jeff Dalton is Broadsword's President, Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of "agileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.  He is Chairman of the CMMI Institute's Partner Advisory Board and President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN).  Jeff has been named the Keynote Speaker for the PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium.  In 2008, Jeff coined the term Process Debt to describe the crushing over-bearing processes too many companies employ to achieve a CMMI rating.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute's SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI communities together through his popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser."  He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time.  You can reach Jeff at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.


About Broadsword

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


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Reason #3 to attend SEPG 2013: Regain Control


The #3 Reason to Attend SEPGNA: To help you gain control


The afternoon shadows are growing longer.  Cool breezes are starting to blow.  This must mean it’s almost time for the industry’s premier CMMI Conference,SEPG NorthAmerica 2013 on October 1-2 in Pittsburgh, PA!
If you’ve just joined us, I’ve been counting down my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPGNA.  Over the years, I have had so many highly useful experiences at SEPGNA, and have seen so many organizations receive value, it’s been tough to pare them down.  But now we’ve arrived at the final three.

Drum roll, please!  Reason #3 is …



To help you gain control.

Given this year’s high powered line-up of speakers, workshops and events, SEPGNA 2013 promises to be another excellent opportunity to come together and talk about continuous improvement and making our teams more productive using the CMMI.  I’m looking forward to hearing about real-life issues that organizations are facing every day in their quest to be a great company.

Like what?

By all indications, the biggest problem many companies are STILL facing is a lack of control over process.  They are dealing with late projects, over-budget projects, unpredictable results and unhappy customers.  In many cases, they have made small improvements, but nothing has given them greater control for the long-term.

Does that sound familiar?

If so, I can promise you, you’ll have your eyes opened up at SEPGNA.  This year, the sharpest minds in the industry will be discussing how to maximize the impact and business results of CMMI and performance improvement.  You’ll get new ideas for applying best practices for adopting the CMMI as a tool that can help you set up an environment that makes improvement possible.  And you’ll have the opportunity to discuss strategies with other leaders who learned to leverage the CMMI to establish a useful level of control over their process.

Great companies know that the key to process improvement and performance innovation is to know how you know the process works.  A proper adoption of the CMMI can give you data about that.  It can show you how the process is performing, whether you are getting the results you expected, and how you can make it better.

Why is this true?  Because the CMMI is a framework for life-long learning.  It helps you learn about yourself, your company and the way you do your work.  And there are practices within the CMMI that can help you apply what you’ve learned to make it even better.

The value of a great conference like SEPGNA is that it helps you learn about keeping these things in mind, so that you always know how things are going and how they can be made better.
So join us.  Online registration for SEPGNA is closed, but you can still sign up on site on October 1st.

If you want more reasons to go, please check back soon for Reason #2.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation  and Chair of the CMMI Institute’s Partner Advisory Board.  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Reason #4 to attend SEPG North America 2013!


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 during the 2-day Conference in Pittsburgh, you’ll be able to connect with your customers on a personal level.  You’ll eat together, attend sessions together and – with networking events scheduled for both evenings – you’ll be able to hang out and just talk.

SEPGNA allows you to guide your customers through the learning process.  Think about it.  Would you rather have your customers try to grasp the real meaning of the CMMI on their own, or with you by their side?  Would you rather leave them in the dark about the long-term value the Model provides, or help them see the light?  Clearly, you want to be there in the sessions with them.  You want to ask them about what they are learning.  And when questions inevitably come up, you want to be right there to answer with real-live examples from their current projects.

SEPGNA allows you to introduce your customers to the leaders of the CMMI Institute, as well as 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 connect my customers to others who have overcome the same problems they’ve been facing.  Plus, this will be my first opportunity to introduce several of my customers to the smart folks from the CMMI Institute, the new sponsors of the Conference this year.

In my opinion, missing the chance to invite customers to SEPGNA would be a mistake.  You’d only get half the value.  Sure, you’ll learn plenty of strategies, tips and techniques that can make you a better CMMI consultant or CMMI supplier.  But you will have bypassed the opportunity to integrate customers with each other, so that they can have a support system of their own.  And that would be to deprive them of something extremely valuable that they can’t get anywhere else.

Besides, as I said in a previous post, Pittsburgh ROCKS!  You and your customers are going to have a blast together.  What could be better for your relationship?

So let’s be generous.  Let’s share the love.  I urge each of you to invite at least one customer to come to Pittsburgh and take part in the conversation.  And don’t forget to register here.

Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #4.

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation  and Chair of the CMMI Institute’s Partner Advisory Board.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Reason #5 to Attend SEPG 2013!


It’s almost here! On October 1-2, many of the greatest companies in the world will be in Pittsburgh, PA for SEPG North America, our industry’s premier event on Process Improvement and the CMMI. To help you make an informed decision about whether to attend, I have been counting down the Top Ten Reasons to go. Today I bring you Reason #5.



Drum roll, please! Reason #5 is …

To learn new ways to improve.

If there’s one thing I truly love about our industry, it’s that we all seem to share a burning desire for continuous improvement. Even those who are already successful in their careers, and those who are already a part of great companies, are constantly seeking out ways to get even better. So it only makes sense that we would gather every year at the CMMI Conferences (a/k/a “The Greatest Show on Earth”) to increase our knowledge and expand our networks.

Yes, SEPGNA is the place for our industry to gather and learn new ways to improve. This year’s conference sponsor, the CMMI Institute, has introduced a broad range of new learning experiences, such as rapid-fire plenary sessions, designed to give maximum content in minimum time, as well as keynote speeches, track presentations, hands-on workshops, informal conversations, structured social events and more.

Who will be there? The Conference is for CMMI adopters and CMMI practitioners – software, services, and engineering professionals just like you and me. We are all drawn by a desire to maximize the impact and business results of CMMI and Performance Improvement, and to learn even more effective ways to get better at what we do.

If you’ve attended SEPGNA in the past, you’ll find this year’s event to be even faster, more interactive, and more focused on YOU, the end user. If this will be your first time, prepare to have your horizons expanded by two excellent Plenary Speakers: John Fraser, COO of ASM Research, and David Anderson, the author of Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business, and many other great presentations from the top thought leaders in the industry.

So here’s the deal. You’ll learn from industry experts who will be speaking and coaching. You’ll network with other professionals like yourself for the 25th year of this popular and powerful event, folks who are facing the same challenges you are. And you’ll discover how to apply best practices, tips and techniques for adopting the CMMI, and getting even better at what you are ALREADY doing. What’s not to love?

Oh – one more thing. Be sure to check out “Coaching Café,” a place where you can meet informally with industry leaders and CMMI Institute partners to get answers to your most pressing CMMI questions. The Coaching Café is just one of the many improvements to the conference this year, and I’m really looking forward to it!

It’s all happening in Pittsburgh on October 1-2. But it won’t be the same without YOU. Register here.

Need more reasons to go? Check back soon for Reason #4.

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

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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 strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Reason #7 to Attend SEPG 2013 - Pittsburgh Rocks!


It’s hard to believe, but this year’s CMMI Conference is mere weeks away! For those who haven’t decided to register yet, I hope to give you something to think about with my Top 10 Reasons for being in Pittsburgh for SEPG North America on October 1-2. As a long-time attendee of our industry’s Greatest Show On Earth, I have many reasons to love SEPGNA.  Today we’re down to Reason #7.


Drum roll, please! Reason #7 is …

Pittsburgh Rocks!

If you’ve attended in the past, you know that a different city hosts SEPG North America conference each year. In recent years, we’ve been to Portland, Tampa, Savannah, and Albuquerque. This year, the 25th annual SEPG North America conference returns home to where it all began – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you haven’t explored Pittsburgh in a while, you are in for a treat!

Before and after your busy day of learning and networking at the conference, here are some happenin’ experiences you can sample around the City of Bridges:

PNC Park, often called America’s best ballpark, is just across the Allegheny River from the convention center. http://espn.go.com/page2/s/ballparks/pncpark.html

Kayak Pittsburgh is a great spot for renting a kayak for an hour and paddling the three rivers.http://www.kayakpittsburgh.org/locations/northshore

Heinz History Center, also an easy walk from the convention center, is where history buffs can view new exhibits about Pennsylvania in the Civil War and pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org

The Strip District is where to find the hottest night life in Pittsburgh. Be sure to visit Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh’s first legal distillery since prohibition, named for a leader of the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion. Tours are available. https://www.wiglewhiskey.com

Downtown Pittsburgh has been transformed over the past decade. A short walk from the convention center to the Cultural District brings you to the August Wilson Center http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org/, which offers six art galleries, all free and open to the public http://www.trustarts.org/visualarts/galleries/. Also check out The Cabaret at Theater Square, which always has a fun show playing: http://trustarts.org/visit/facilities/cabaret.

Market Square http://marketsquarepgh.com has the best dining and drinking in town! The market is home to approximately 30 restaurants, including Pittsburgh’s famous Primanti Brothers (sandwiches with the fries on top) http://primantibros.com/home.html

Little E’s Jazz Club is my favorite spot in town for live music. The downtown club/restaurant has a fully stocked bar and restaurant menu (try the Catfish sandwich!), and performances every night. Tell ‘em Jeff sent you!

Oh, there’s one more thing to make it easy to explore the area. All SEPG Attendees will get an Urbanist Pittsburgh map, which includes some of these suggestions and many others: http://pittsburgh.urbanistguide.com

So come on out for the great learning experience, powerful conversations and ample opportunities to form partnerships — and dig that happenin’ Pittsburgh scene! Register here.

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

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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 strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reason #8 to Attend SEPG 2013 in Pittsburgh this year!


As a longtime speaker at SEPGNA conferences and practitioner of the CMMI, I love thinking and talking with people about using the Model for process improvement and performance innovation. I’ve found no better place to do that than at the SEPGNA Conference every year. That’s why I put together this list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPGNA 2013 – to share all the ways you, too, may come to make North America’s premier CMMI experience the number one conference of the year.

So let’s continue the countdown with Reason #8.


Drum roll, please! Reason #8 is ... 

SEPGNA is a great place to have meaningful conversations.

Do you enjoy a good, spirited conversation about process improvement and performance innovation? Of course you do! And you’ll get a lot of that at the CMMI Conference.

Every year, the SEPG North America conference draws a wide variety of engineering, project management, and software professionals, who come from a vast array of disciplines. Some are organizations that are getting started with CMMI, and are interested in hearing user stories that offer applicable lessons. Some are experienced in using the guidance of the CMMI and are looking for ways to take the next step in performance improvement. And some are industry experts who are excited about sharing some new and powerful ways the CMMI is being used by companies small and large around the globe.

As a CMMI Appraiser, I always enjoy to talking about the amazing results I’ve seen companies achieve with the CMMI. I know that if you adopt the CMMI you will likely experience improved performance, increased productivity and fewer project delays. You’ll be on-time and on-budget more often, and your workforce will be happier and more productive.

Whatever your interest, this year, you’ll have plenty of chances to join the conversation, as the CMMI Institute is planning an even richer, more interactive CMMI conference experience. Some of the hottest topics in the industry are slated for discussion, including:

  • Protecting agile values in the presence of demanding customers
  • Utilizing the architectural structure of the CMMI to strengthen what you are ALREADY doing
  • Drawing insights from stories aggregated from dozens of CMMI users
  • Using the CMMI to strengthen and compliment Kanban, DevOps, and Agile

With this year’s theme of Connect. Explore. Apply. Achieve, the 25th annual SEPG North America conference promises to give companies even more to think about. There is a full slate of high-quality, proven speakers, workshops and break-out sessions to choose from, with opportunities to discuss both principle and practice that we can all take home to our organizations.

What better place for conversations about the power of process improvement than at SEPGNA, with people like you and me, who get it?

So come on out to Pittsburgh and join the conversation! Register here.

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

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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 strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reason #9 to Attend SEPG 2013 in Pittsburgh!


Hello, my friends, and welcome to the countdown with the Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPGNA 2013!

If the past is any indicator of the future, this year’s SEPGNA 2013 Conference promises a CMMI experience that will pay dividends for years to come. How will your organization benefit? Let me count the ways.

Recently we posted our #10 Reason: To help you get better at what you do. Today, we’re sharing Reason #9 to attend SEPGNA 2013.


Drum roll, please! Reason #9 is …

It’s a great place to form successful business partnerships.

Engineering and software professionals tend to be straight-forward people. We make no bones about the fact that we are all trying to make our organizations as successful as possible. That’s why we look for opportunities to create strategic relationships with compatible companies, so that we have them in place when we need them. And there’s no better place to form these relationships than at SEPGNA!

Care for some proof? Two years ago, at the SEPGNA Conference in Portland, I had a discussion with another CMMI Institute Partner about his service offerings and our service offerings.

Having discovered that our offerings were complimentary, we struck an informal agreement to refer some business to each other when it made sense for our clients. Nothing fancy, just a handshake.

Since then, I’ve referred him a number of times. In turn, he has introduced us to several companies, one of which was an information technology company with whom we were already in discussions. His referral helped them make a decision that was right for them – and we subsequently earned their business and conducted some CMMI Training with them.

We connected with more Partners to form alliances for sharing work at last year’s Conference in Albuquerque. So far, this has led to several new opportunities to help spread the word about CMMI and conduct SCAMPI A or SCAMPI B Appraisals.

For full details about the Conference logistics and to register for the Conference, visit the SEPG North America Conference site (http://sepgconference.org )

Need more reasons to attend this year’s SEPGNA? Check back soon for Reason #8.

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

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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 strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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

Monday, August 26, 2013

SEPG North America 2013 coming to Pittsburgh!


It’s that time again! The SEPGNA 2013 Conference is coming to Pittsburg, PA on October 1st and 2nd. And I know that many of you – whether you are just starting to think about adopting the CMMI for your organization, or already have extensive experience with the Model – may be wondering whether this year’s CMMI experience is for you.

Wonder no more! As veteran attendee and sometimes speaker at SEPGNA conferences, and longtime practitioner of the CMMI, I feel so strongly about the value of the Conference that I’ve developed a list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPGNA 2013. I will be counting down the reasons in the weeks ahead, starting today with Reason #10.


Drum roll, please! Reason #10 is …


It’s all about helping you get better at what you do.

As you know if you’ve attended the Conference in the past, SEPGNA is the premier software process improvement conference. Hundreds of professionals come from around the world come to learn, network and explore solutions to their performance problems. I like to call it “the greatest show on earth!”

This year, the show will be even better! The new host, the CMMI Institute, has been working hard to make sure this year’s Conference has something for everyone who attends, wherever you are in your professional journey. Following a theme of Connect. Explore. Apply. Achieve, the Program Committee has created two days of content focused on positively impacting your performance. The re-imagined format is designed to help you explore using the CMMI to improve performance through first person case studies, interactive workshops, and powerful presentations that can help you to get started with CMMI or take your organization to new levels of success.

Whether your interest is multi-model, practical process improvement, high maturity, agile, DevOps or any other discipline, you will find ample opportunities to dive into the principles and practices that can help your organization better harness the power of performance improvement with the CMMI. Click here to check out the great speaker line-up.

The variety of learning opportunities alone is incredible. You can expect to come away with real life, practical and implementable ideas. For full details about the Conference logistics and to register, navigate around the SEPG Conference site (http://sepgconference.org )

SEPGNA 2013 is an amazing opportunity to spend two days focusing on how you can get better at what you do. For some, this will be reason enough to attend this year’s conference. Others may be preparing for their SCAMPI A or SCAMPI B Appraisals and just want to learn more about it.  Still others may appreciate more of our Top 10 reasons to attend, so be sure to check back soon for Reason #9!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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 strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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

Monday, July 29, 2013

CMMI Adoption increases for the 3rd year in a row

According to the CMMI Institute's 2013 CMMI Profile Reports, there were more appraisals conducted in 2013 than in any other previous year.  Here's the data:




Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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 strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Small Organizations continue to dominate the CMMI market!


According the CMMI Institute's latest "CMMI Maturity Profile Report," small organizations with less than 500 employees are dominating the market with CMMI Adoption.  The most interesting piece here is that almost HALF of all organizations adopting CMMI are less than 100 people!  I've written about this in the past when I wrote about how the CMMI is more beneficial for small, agile organizations than for large ones.  Small organizations are looking for the value and opportunity CMMI brings to their business, and more and more are adopting the model.  This has certainly been my experience also - most of our new clients are on the "small" side.  Here's the data:





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

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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 strategyperformance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BROADSWORD SELECTED TO SPEAK AT SEPG

Jeff Dalton to Share "Agile Resiliency" Performance Improvement Architecture

WATERFORD, MI, July 18, 2013 -- Jeff Dalton, president of Broadsword, has been selected to share his Agile Resiliency Architecture for achieving performance and process improvement results at SEPG North America 2013.  The conference takes place on October 1-2, 2003 from 7:30 - 5:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Mr. Dalton will present "Agile Resiliency:  How CMMI Will Make Agile Thrive and Survive."

Hosted by the CMMI Institute, the SEPG Conference Series is the premier, global conference series improving software and systems process management.  This year, SEPG NA has been re-imagined to help software and engineering professionals explore using the CMMI to improve performance and the bottom line through first-person case studies, interactive workshops and powerful presentations by experienced speakers.  Mr. Dalton's presentation is designed to introduce participants to the concept of using the CMMI and it's Generic Practices as the primary tool that can make Agile stronger by building a resilient Agile architecture.

Mr. Dalton is a popular author, speaker and performance improvement consultant whose talks on "Agile Resiliency" have been heard by audiences across North America, Europe, and the internet.  He has written extensively on the subject, including in Cutter IT Journal's November 2012 issue.

"For more than a quarter of a century, software organizations have launched one attempt after another to establish a useful framework for effective continuous improvement," Jeff Dalton said.  "The success of both CMMI and Agile methods has had a positive effect on the software industry, but each has yet to be successful driving the industry-wide levels of adoption we need to claim victory.  So we asked:  why not combine the best of each?"

Engineering and software professionals interested in attending the SEPG NA 2013 Conference are invited to register for the event at:  http://sepgconference.org/register-sepg.

ABOUT JEFF DALTON

Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation.  As the pioneer of using Agile methods to implement CMMI-based solutions that improve software development and organizational processes, Mr. Dalton is a Certified Lead Appraiser and author of "AgileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute's SEI member award for outstanding representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI Communities through his popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser."  He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time.  Mr. Dalton can be reached at Appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Broadsword is an SEI Partner, CMMI Institute Partner and Performance Innovation firm that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting and coaching solutions.  Working with great clients like Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware and L-3 Communications, Broadsword's methods and successes are proven throughout North America and the World.

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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Save the Date! SEPG 2013 in Pittsburgh!



The CMMI Institute is pleased to announce that SEPG North America 2013 will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1-2, 2013. We are thrilled to welcome the community to our home city for two days of high-quality learning and networking. With a more compact schedule designed to maximize each moment, the conference will deliver high-value, practical information to end users and practitioners and offer excellent opportunities to connect with others in the performance improvement community. 

SEPG North America 2013 aims to provide "structured informality," encouraging spontaneous discussions amidst a strategically planned schedule of discussion-rich lightning talks, keynotes, and brief presentations. New this year, the program will primarily feature invited speakers who will deliver powerful, compelling presentations. We anticipate that the program committee will round out the line-up with a smaller number of speakers selected from an open call for participation. 

As we speak, the CMMI Institute is forming the program committee that will build the technical program. We are working quickly to be able to announce information on speakers, registration, and more at www.sepgconference.org in the coming weeks.

Developed with community feedback in mind, SEPG North America 2013 will bring together users, Partners, and the CMMI Institute to demonstrate to users CMMI's measurable, powerful impact on business performance and to help us cultivate the next generation of adopters.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

CutTime Productions Has Key Sponsorship Renewed

Broadsword Extends Its Support for the Introduction of Classical Music to New Audiences

Detroit, MD - January 16, 2013 - CutTime Productions, LLC, an artistic venture committed to connecting curious music lovers with the beauty and power of classical music, today announced the extension of their strategic partnership with Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), an engineering strategy and performance improvement firm that uses Agile methods to implement CMMI-based solutions that improve software development and organized processes.

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

"On behalf of curious music-lovers, particularly young people who haven't learned to appreciate the beauty and power of classical music, we are grateful for the continued generosity of our partner, Broadsword," Robinson said.  "Broadsword's support helps CutTime Productions reach more audiences nationally with our music and methods, encouraging a wider variety of listeners to open up to classical music."

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

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

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm that is the leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative CMMI consulting and coaching solutions.  Working with great clients like Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing Chrysler, Compuware, and L3 Communications, Broadsword is an SEI Partner and CMMI Institute Partner.  Broadsword's methods and success are proven throughout North America and the world.

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

Friday, January 11, 2013

CMMI Training in Fairfax, Virginia, Feb 11-13

Broadsword, in Partnership with CC Pace, Presents "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3"

Fairfax, VA -- Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), an Agile process innovation firm with offices in Bethesda, Md., and CC Pace, a Fairfax, Va.-based Agile IT Services firm, are pleased to announce a joint presentation of "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3" in Fairfax, Va., February 11-13, 2013.  This 3-day CMMI training course provides attendees with a detailed overview of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), the leading framework for improving software development and engineering performance. Completion of this course is recommended for anyone with an interest in software process improvement and engineering strategy, 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 Appraisal training or CMMI Instructor training. The instructor is Jeff Dalton, a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author, and CMMI consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Click to register for "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3."

ABOUT BROADSWORD
Broadsword is an SEI and 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.

ABOUT CC PACE
CC Pace is a leading provider of Agile software development, Agile training and IT consulting services. Founded in 1980, CC Pace has performed a wide range of training and coaching services for thousands of professionals and has over 30 years of consulting experience. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, CC Pace is a privately held company, serving both commercial and government clients. More information can be found at www.ccpace.com.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thank you for another great year!



Dear Friends of Broadsword,

Thank YOU for making 2012 the BEST year ever for our company.  We continue to grow every year, helping engineering and technology organizations be the best that they can be.

This year we've added another new consultant and won new business in Hong Kong, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Washington, Virginia, and Maryland.

We're jumping right in for 2013 with new clients in the automotive industry - Detroit is BACK!

Happy New Year, and thank you for allowing us to be part of your success!

Jeff, Patty, Laura, Cathy, Julie, Tim, Jon, and Rob.



ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Broadsword is an SEI and 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.