Tuesday, March 22, 2016



IT Solutions Provider Commits to Agile Training to Align with State of Michigan’s Methods

MARCH 22, 2016, COLUMBUS, OH – Advocate Solutions (Advocate) – a premier provider of objective professional services that drives value in State Government organizations through strategic thinking, project execution, and risk mitigation – announced today that it has selected Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword) to provide its members with training in aligning Agile methods with the SUITE Methodology used by the State of Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB). Advocate will provide this training to all its Michigan staff which they believe will enhance their ongoing commitment to helping clients achieve the client’s vision by delivering high-profile mission-critical projects & programs with the utmost discretion, a quiet effectiveness, and a vigilant eye on the realization of client business objectives.

Broadsword, a process improvement and performance innovation training and consulting firm, developed the Scrum + SUITE Learning Experience to help DTMB employees learn to integrate Agile values and Scrum techniques with the SUITE Methodology. In 1- and 2-day workshops, participants receive practical, hands-on training in being more Agile while using SUITE.

“Through our partnership with the State of Michigan, Advocate will continue to lead the way in providing Michigan unparalleled expert services integrating key aspects of Scrum with our disciplined and structured approach to projects and programs,” said Andy Trestrail, Practice Director for Advocate Solutions. “Going forward, the State can be confident it will lead the way in agility when working with Advocate.”

To date, Broadsword has delivered 15 Scrum + SUITE Learning Experience workshops for the State of Michigan and its vendors. Over 250 class participants have acquired new skills and cutting edge techniques that can help them take a lighter, leaner approach to solving business problems incrementally and iteratively.

“One of the great challenges of adopting Agile at State of Michigan is how to integrate with the vendor community,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword. “Advocate’s commitment to Agile training is a great indicator of their desire to partner and succeed with the State of Michigan.”


Established in 1995, Advocate provides public sector clientele nationwide with a broad range of management consulting and advisory services. Advocate has been instrumental in assisting Public and Private sector clients in establishing strategic advantage through active management of their IT portfolios, mission critical projects, quality processes, and organizational change. Advocate specializes in helping clients with high-profile, mission-critical, politically-sensitive challenges and works to drive value while protecting client interests. More information is available at www.TeamAdvocate.com.


Broadsword is a Process Improvement and Performance Innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching and CMMI training solutions. Working with great clients like ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world. Broadsword is based outside of Detroit, MI and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.