Monday, May 20, 2019

What is SSOT in Agile Software Development?

[Dear Readers, I've been having fun on Quora lately participating in community discussions, and reposting responses to my blog.  Enjoy!]

What is SSOT in Agile Software Development

SSOT = Single Source of Truth. 
It’s not an Agile thing, it’s a data warehousing/DBMS concept that has been around for decades, although lately we’ve been seeing Agile practitioners referring to it as “agile.”  While the creation, maintenance, and operations of the SSOT could be performed in an agile way (and should be), SSOT was not borne Agile movement.
It’s simply the “trusted data source,” or the source data for an organization’s various databases that is subject to a sufficient level of scrutiny, process, and testing to ensure reliability.  In the SSOT, each data element can only be stored one time, eliminating redundancy and chance for errors.
Like good leadership, team cohesion, good customer relationships, and experimentation, it’s been around a lot longer than the Agile manifesto has been around.

Jeff Dalton is author of Great Big Agile: An OS for Agile Leaders, and is a CMMI SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, AgileCxO Assessor, and Leadership Coach.






Tuesday, April 23, 2019

APPAREO AND BROADSWORD PARTNER TO FORTIFY HIGH PERFORMANCE WITH CMMI

Aerospace Leader Demonstrates Commitment to Transforming Engineering Performance 


Fargo, ND—April 23, 2019 — Appareo Systems (Appareo) and Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword) today announced a strategic partnership to pursue Appareo’s vision for high performance using Broadsword’s AgileCMMI framework and the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®). Appareo is a product development and technology company that specializes in software and hardware for industrial and commercial electronics. Broadsword is a leader in performance innovation and process improvement. Their partnership represents Appareo’s ongoing commitment to improving performance.

The CMMI defines the elements required to build great products or deliver great services and integrates them into a comprehensive, implementable model. Broadsword will provide CMMI workshops, coaching, and consulting solutions to help Appareo achieve its capability goals.

“Continuous improvement is a key tenant of Appareo operations,” said David Batcheller, President and CEO of Appareo. “As an ISO 9001- and AS9100- certified organization, we are committed to using CMMI to help us address every avenue for improvement, manage scope and communications, and meet our customer expectations for project delivery more predictably and reliably. We chose Broadsword for their clear vision and proven approach, which we think will help us reach our goals.”

Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said “By making the commitment to initiate a continuous improvement architecture and system based on the CMMI, Appareo will maintain their position as an industry leader that strives to deliver defect-free, high-value products that meet customers’ requirements, and wins more competitive business. We’re proud to be a partner in helping Appareo’s improve performance, and look forward to their continued success.”

ABOUT APPAREO

For more than 15 years Appareo has been building a reputation as innovators dedicated to delivering reliable products. With in-house engineering, manufacturing, technology, and testing capabilities, Appareo develops products from concept to completion. The company is certified by all the major aviation and manufacturing regulators. Appareo is privately held, with world headquarters in Fargo, N.D., and design offices in Tempe, Ariz. and Paris, France. Visit appareo.com.

ABOUT BROADSWORD

Broadsword (www.broadswordsolutions.com) 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 agile CMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching, and CMMI training solutions. With offices outside of Washington, D.C., Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America, and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.



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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

GLOBAL INFOTEK, INC. ACHIEVES CMMI MATURITY LEVEL THREE FOR DEVELOPMENT

Full Spectrum Cyber Technology Leader Demonstrates Commitment to Process and Performance Improvement

RESTON, Virginia – JANUARY 16, 2019 – Global InfoTek, Inc. (GITI), and Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword), announced that GITI has successfully demonstrated its commitment to continuous improvement and driving performance excellence with the achievement of Maturity Level Three in the CMMI for Development v1.3 (CMMI-DEV v1.3 ML3). 

GITI, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, is a leader in designing, developing, and deploying advanced technologies to address the nation’s pressing cyber needs. The achievement of Maturity Level Three shows that GITI has taken full advantage of the operational efficiencies of the CMMI. The rating comes as a byproduct of GITI’s partnership with Broadsword, a leading process innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner, which performed the appraisal. 

“Achieving our CMMI Level 3 is a major milestone, which reflects GITI’s commitment to provide high quality services and solutions,” GITI President and CEO Karen Emami said. “Refining our quality processes to leverage our Agile Lifecycle Model allows us to institutionalize continuous improvement and provide greater value to our customers." 

Broadsword President Jeff Dalton said, “In successfully achieving the rating of CMMI ML3, GITI continues to reinforce their position as the expert in providing consistently innovative, unique, high-tech and high-touch customer service. Broadsword is honored to help GITI improve performance and transform in a positive way.” 

CMMI Level 3 maturity is one element of GITI’s continued emphasis on performance excellence, and supports the company’s delivery of pioneering technologies, operational effectiveness, and business best practices to rapidly provide low-cost, agile solutions to Government customers. 

ABOUT GLOBAL INFOTEK, INC. 

Reston, VA-based Global InfoTek Inc. is a woman owned business with an award-winning track record of designing, developing, and deploying best-of-breed technologies that address the nation’s pressing homeland security and defense needs. For more than two decades, Global InfoTek has merged pioneering technologies, operational effectiveness, and best business practices to rapidly provide low-cost, agile solutions to the company’s Government customers. In addition to its Reston office, Global InfoTek has operations in San Antonio, Texas and Rome, N.Y. For more information about Global InfoTek, visit: http://globalinfotek.com

ABOUT BROADSWORD 

Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm, CMMI Institute Partner, and AgileCxO.org Transformation 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 Global Infotek, Boeing, Fiat Chrysler, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world. Broadsword has offices outside of Washington, DC, Detroit, MI and San Diego, CA and can be reached at https://broadswordsolutions.com.

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SAWDEY SOLUTION SERVICES FORMS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH BROADSWORD TO PURSUE CMMI MATURITY LEVEL 3

Innovative Information Technology Leader Demonstrates Commitment to Process and Performance Improvement 

DAYTON, Ohio – JANUARY 16, 2019 – Sawdey Solution Services, Inc. (Sawdey), an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, announced today a strategic partnership with Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword). Broadsword will assist Sawdey in pursuing its commitment to continuous improvement, using the Capability Maturity Model Integration® for Services (CMMI-SVC), version 1.3. 

Broadsword – a performance innovation firm that leverages evidence-based frameworks such as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), ISO 9001 and Scrum – will assist Sawdey in reviewing and enhancing its processes to increase the quality of services, and will help Sawdey prepare for their CMMI Maturity Level Three appraisal. 

“The decision to adopt CMMI Maturity Level Three for Services demonstrates Sawdey’s ongoing dedication to building an infrastructure for continued process improvement,” Sawdey’s President, Connie Sawdey, said. “Our partnership with Broadsword will help us grow while maintaining consistency and quality of service, enabling us to exponentially transform our already great technical and business culture to ensure even better results for our customers.” 

Sawdey Solution Services has been recognized as a Top Veteran Owned Small Business, Minority Owned Small Business of the Year, Dayton Business of the Year, and one of the Top 5 fastest growing companies by the Dayton Business Journal, which also named Connie Sawdey the Top Defense Contractor.

Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said, “Sawdey’s commitment to industry-recognized models is exemplary. They continue to lead the company forward by initiating a continuous improvement program based on CMMI, an approach that will allow Sawdey to compete and win in a highly competitive market. Broadsword is excited to help such a successful organization be even more powerful and productive by embracing the CMMI.” 

ABOUT SAWDEY 

Sawdey Solution Services has built a nationwide and global footprint providing innovative cross-disciplined professional services, engineering, and cyber solutions to Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Federal, and commercial customers. Operating successfully since 2001, Sawdey is a Woman-Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Business. The company continues to grow our mission focused business in the multifaceted Federal Services marketplace. Our corporate mission is to provide our customers with premier professional services…far exceeding expectations. And, provide our employees with the best experience in a people focused, continuous process improvement environment. 

More information is available at www.sawdeysolutionservices.com

ABOUT BROADSWORD 

Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm, CMMI Institute Partner, and AgileCxO.org Transformation Partner that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance technology and engineering performance. Working with great clients like Sawdey, Boeing, Fiat Chrysler, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world. Broadsword has offices outside of Washington, DC, Detroit, MI and San Diego, CA and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Assured Information Security (AIS) Awarded ML2

Cyber Security Firm Integrates Performance Improvement Model and Strengthens Agile Values using Broadsword’s agileCMMI Methodology

ROME, NY, January 15, 2019 – Assured Information Security (AIS), a cyber and information security firm that provides government and commercial customers with industry leading cyber security capabilities and services, confirms its high-quality software development capabilities with the award of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Development v1.3 at Maturity Level Two (CMMI-DEV v1.3 ML2).

CMMI is a process improvement framework for software and engineering systems developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and administered by the CMMI Institute. 

Maturity Level Two indicates that when appraised, AIS was performing at a “managed” level. The achievement of the Level comes as a byproduct of AIS’s partnership with Process Innovation firm Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword), a leader in performance innovation and process improvement. 

As pioneers of the agileCMMI performance improvement methodology, Broadsword provided integrated agileCMMI workshops, coaching and consulting solutions to help AIS achieve its capability goals. agileCMMI uses agile methods such as incremental delivery, continuous build and collaboration, applying the same techniques used when writing software to deploy process and help engineers embrace process.

“Our team worked hard to help AIS achieve a Level Two rating in CMMI, and I am very proud of them for this huge accomplishment,” said Charles Green, Chief Executive Officer of AIS. “CMMI certification provides us with a process for continuous improvement, which will help support and guide us in all aspects of the work done at AIS. We are already looking forward to reaching Level Three in the near future.”

“Taking an agile approach to adopting CMMI will help AIS consistently improve performance at scale, while strengthening AIS’s agile values,” said Broadsword’s president, Jeff Dalton. “We commend their achievement of Maturity Level Two, and look forward to their continued success.”

ABOUT AIS

Headquartered in Rome, New York, with operating locations throughout the United States, AIS performs generation-next groundbreaking work. The company provides government and commercial customers with a diverse selection of cyber and information security offerings that include engineering, research, development, assessment services and products and has grown to become a national leader in this highly dynamic and emerging field. For more information, visit www.ainfosec.com. 

ABOUT BROADSWORD

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 clients like the State of Michigan, 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, Michigan, and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Contact:
Erin Bushinger, Manager of Marketing & Communications
Assured Information Security (AIS)
bushingere@ainfosec.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

DELTA RESOURCES, INC. RESEARCH, ANALYTICS, AND TECHNOLOGY (RA&T) DIRECTORATE AND CONTRACTS ACHIEVES CMMI MATURITY LEVEL THREE


Global Leader in National Security Mission Areas Partners with Broadsword to Drive Performance Excellence

AUGUST 28, 2018, ALEXANDRIA, VA: DELTA Resources, Inc. (DELTA) and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), announced that DELTA has successfully demonstrated its commitment to increasing capability and driving performance excellence with the achievement of Maturity Level Three in the CMMI for Development v1.3 (CMMI-DEV v1.3 ML3).


DELTA is a leader in delivering engineering and information technology services to national security mission areas. The achievement of Maturity Level Three in DELTA’s Research, Analytics, and Technology (RA&T) Directorate and Contracts shows that DELTA has taken full advantage of the operational efficiencies of the CMMI. The rating comes as a byproduct of DELTA’s partnership with Broadsword, a leading process innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner, which performed the appraisal.

"DELTA’s comprehensive process improvement effort (known internally as DELTAForce) has enabled us to exponentially transform our already great technical and business culture to ensure even better results for our customers,” DELTA's Director of RA&T, Michael Miller, said. “These achievements include foundational improvements to DELTA's DevOps evolution, enabling our cloud cyber teams to innovate rapidly at scale. DELTA is now in a capable position to take on and excel on much larger technical efforts that deliver exceptional value to our customers."

Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said, “In successfully achieving the rating of CMMI ML3, DELTA continues to reinforce their position as the expert in providing consistently innovative, unique, high-tech and high-touch customer service. Broadsword is honored to help DELTA improve performance and transform in a positive way.”

CMMI Level 3 maturity is one element of DELTA's continued emphasis on performance excellence, and supports the company’s delivery of technical services in the critical mission areas of C5I and Warfare Systems Engineering and Integration; Shipbuilding and Fleet Support; Critical Infrastructure and Force Protection; and Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing. 

ABOUT DELTA
DELTA Resources, Inc. is a woman-owned business, established in 2000 to provide support services to the Federal government and private sector. With 300+ employees and annual revenues exceeding $50 million, the company maintains a steadfast focus and sustained growth in national security mission areas. DELTA achieves its corporate objectives through a partnership-oriented commitment to excellent customer service and employee development. More information is available at www.deltaresources.com.

ABOUT BROADSWORD
Broadsword is a Process 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 Boeing, Fiat Chrysler, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world.  Broadsword has offices outside of Washington, DC, Detroit, MI and San Diego, CA and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Media Contacts:


Michael Miller, Director of RA&T, DELTA Resources
mrcmiller@deltaresources.com

Jeff Dalton, President and CEO, Broadsword Solutions
info@broadswordsolutions.com

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Monday, June 11, 2018

GLOBAL INFOTEK, INC. FORMS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH BROADSWORD TO PURSUE CMMI MATURITY LEVEL THREE

National Security and Defense Technology Leader Demonstrates Commitment to Process and Performance Improvement

RESTON, Virginia – June 12, 2018 – Global InfoTek, Inc. (GITI), a software engineering and information technology professional services firm that designs, develops, and deploys technologies to empower the Warfighter, announced today a strategic partnership with Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword) to assist GITI in pursuing its commitment to continuous improvement, using the Capability Maturity Model Integration® for Development (CMMI-DEV), version 1.3.

Broadsword will assist GITI in reviewing and enhancing its processes to increase the quality of development and services, and help GITI, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, prepare for their CMMI Maturity Level Three appraisal.

“The decision to adopt CMMI Maturity Level Three for Development demonstrates Global InfoTek’s ongoing dedication to continued process improvement,” GITI’s President and CEO, Karen Emami, said. “Our partnership with Broadsword will help us grow while maintaining consistency and quality of service.”

Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said, “Global InfoTek’s commitment to industry-recognized models is exemplary. They continue to lead the company forward by initiating a continuous improvement program based on CMMI. This approach will allow Global InfoTek to compete and win in a highly competitive market.”

ABOUT GLOBAL INFOTEK, INC.

Reston, VA-based Global InfoTek Inc. is a woman owned small business with an award-winning track record of designing, developing, and deploying best-of-breed technologies that address the nation’s pressing cybersecurity and advanced technology needs. For more than two decades, Global InfoTek has merged pioneering technologies, operational effectiveness, and best business practices to rapidly provide low-cost, agile solutions to the company’s Government customers. In addition to its Reston office, Global InfoTek has operations in San Antonio, TX and Rome, NY. For more information about Global InfoTek, visit: http://www.globalinfotek.com.

ABOUT BROADSWORD SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm, CMMI Institute Partner, and AgileCxO.org Transformation Partner that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance technology and engineering performance. Broadsword has offices in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI and San Diego, CA and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

Media Contact:
Kim Irving
Global InfoTek, Inc.
(703) 652-1600
info@globalinfotek.com

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