Monday, November 29, 2010

Jeff Dalton to speak at Dayton SPIN

Jeff Dalton, President and CEO of Broadsword, will be the featured speaker at the November 30th meeting of the Dayton, OH SPIN. The Software Process Improvement Network, or SPIN, is a community of practitioners who are passionate about improving the state of software engineering.

Jeff's presentation, "CMMI+Agile: Partners in driving radical change" will explore the science around change and how we can conquer it with agility.

For more informatioon about the Dayton SPIN go to
For more information on Jeff Dalton go to

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Broadsword's 2011 Class Schedule is taking shape!

For information about our Road Show class schedule for 2011 click on:

We will be offering two classes this tour:

1. Introduction to CMMI v1.3
2. CMMI v1.3 Upgrade Training

The first two cities in 2011 are Troy, MI and Austin, TX

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The new CMMI v1.3 training class has finally been released!

New CMMI v1.3 Training Classes are scheduled!

The new v1.3 CMMI is class has been released by the SEI and Broadsword is licensed to deliver it!

To all of those who have called and asked about when the CMMI v1.3 class will be ready, we have two on the schedule!  Save 30% if you register here.

January 19-21, 2011 in Troy, MI

"Introduction to CMMI v1.3"

Central Michigan University - Troy Campus

February 16-18 in Austin, TX

"Introduction to CMMI v1.3"

Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas

To see a list of all of our classes for 2011 click here

Register today and save 30% on this important new class!

This 3-day SEI Authorized 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, an Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified 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 CMM 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.      

Why come to THIS class instead of that other guy's?
- Your instructor, Jeff Dalton, is also a Certified Lead Appraiser and will be revealing his Appraisal secrets gathered from conducting appraisals at dozens of clients!
- Jeff was voted #1 Speaker at several international conferences - including the SEI's SEPG conference
- Two Broadsword exclusive modules are included - one on Agile implementation - that no one else offers!
- You may win the FREE iPod!  Register today!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

CMMI+Agile Article in Dr. Dobbs: Ambler calls authors "bravest group of people in the IT industry";jsessionid=FNLIDC1RTORI5QE1GHPSKH4ATMY32JVN

Agile CMMI: Complimentary or Oxymoronic?

Recently the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) published a technical note entitled CMMI or Agile? Why Not Embrace Both!, co-authored by Hillel Glazer, Jeff Dalton, David Anderson, Mike Konrad, and Sandy Shrum. The Agile-CMMI Five (AC5), as I like to call them, are likely the bravest group of people in the IT industry in their daring attempt to bring together two groups of people seemingly at opposite ends of the software-process-religion spectrum. Although it would be easy to denounce the AC5 as a collection of Satan-worshipping kitten torturers (and extremists from both camps have pretty much done that already), the reality is that this publication is a thoughtful discussion of a topic that is important to a large number of organizations within the IT industry.

For the entire text of this article go to:;jsessionid=FNLIDC1RTORI5QE1GHPSKH4ATMY32JVN

Broadsword President Jeff Dalton interviewed on CIO site on Agile and CMMI

Full text of this article is found at:

CMMI and Agile: Opposites Attract

TOPIC: IT Organization Management

The myths surrounding the compatibility of CMMI and Agile have recently been debunked by SEI. Learn how these seemingly opposing strategies can be paired to foster dramatic improvements in business performance!
Despite the perception that CMMI best practices and Agile development methods are at odds with each other, new research suggests just the opposite train of thought. In fact, CMMI and Agile champions can benefit from using both methods within organizations - with the potential to dramatically improve business performance.
Why Now?
SEI published a technical note in late 2008 entitled: CMMI or Agile: Why Not Embrace BothWritten by SEI staff members and industry experts, this technical note thoroughly addressed this topic. As you know, CMMI and Agile methods involve two different technologies; as a result, each technology has its own community of loyal adopters. Mike Konrad, a Senior Member of SEI’s Technical Staff, concurs and states that the natural tendency is to form specific “camps” around different methods. However, according to the technical note, this discord is not healthy for the software engineering profession.
“As the two communities continued to increase in size, it seemed like the appropriate time to address this issue head on in this technical note,” Konrad explains. “Also, it was an excellent opportunity for us at SEI to dispel some myths and set the record straight about these two methodologies.”
According to Jeffrey Dalton, the President of the Michigan-based Software Process Improvement firm Broadsword, different triggers spurred the growth of CMMI and Agile methods. For instance, CMMI is driven by a particular organization’s needs, and adopted in a top-down fashion, whereas Agile is very organic in its adoption process. Therefore, according to Dalton, it was inevitable that there would be a crossover between these two approaches because the adoption was getting larger.
“We are starting to see collisions as the younger folks who practice Agile in an organic manner start to move up in their organizations, and see the influence that CMMI has on Agile’s organic process,” Dalton says. “Previously, there was confusion concerning just how these two methods could co-exist in the same environment - but as it turns out, we know now that these two methods can function together.”
In fact, for over two years now, Dalton has considered the issue of CMMI and Agile coming together. Additionally, as more people started to ask questions about this issue, he decided that it was time to address the issue of these processes coming together more seriously.
Furthermore, Dalton admits that the Agile community does not agree with this viewpoint. To fully embrace the benefits of the CMMI and Agile methods co-existing, the Agile community needs to learn more about CMMI. However, since one tenet of the Agile methods is to embrace change a little at a time, there is the possibility that the Agile community will embrace this synergistic viewpoint in the future - as small changes are made.
Setting the Record Straight
As mentioned previously, the authors, Konrad, Dalton, Sandy Shrum, Hillel Glazer, and David Anderson, released the technical note in an attempt to set the record straight about these two processes. Consequently, Konrad knew that this controversial topic would delight some people while it would anger others—because that is simply the way it is with CMMI and Agile.
“It was an opportunity for us at SEI to dispel some myths and ‘apologize’, in a sense, to some people in the Agile community,” Konrad says. “Further, since each process attempts to embrace technology to get the desired result, we do have more in common than people may think.”
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New blog post on Scrum and CMMI

New post on how Scrum teams might approach the Monitoring and Control of their process (CMMI GP2.8) at