Monday, February 28, 2011

New FREE CMMI Webinars announced!

Broadsword has just announced four new FREE Webinars that will help you with different aspects of CMMI.

April: CMM v1.3 Upgrade to CMMI v1.3 - What you need to know
May:  CMMI + Agile: Driving Radical Change
June  CMMI - Everything you need to know
July: The Secrets of SCAMPI Appraisals

Our speaker will be Jeff Dalton, a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and Certified CMMI Instructor.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Broadsword Celebrates seven Years!

Broadsword is celebrating our eighth year as a leading provider of software process improvement and CMMI services.  We conducted our first CMMI Training class back in 2004 and conducted our first CMMI Appraisal in 2005.  Since then we've presented the "Introduction to CMMI" class over sixty times, and have performed CMMI Appraisals and CMMI Consulting with dozens of clients across North America.  Starting with one client in Detroit, Broadsword now serves dozens of clients throughout North America in all areas of process improvement.  Thank you to all of our great clients and our great consultants for helping to make us a success!

SEPG 2011 Coming Soon!

Coming soon to Portland, OR, the SEPG 2011 conference is the place to be for CMMI Appraisal, CMMI Training, and CMMI Consulting information.  Don't miss out on the greatest show on earth!  The third week in March in Portland, OR is the largest gathering of CMMI professionals on the globe.  Broadsword's President, Jeff Dalton, is speaking on Tuesday on "The Agile SCAMPI."  We will also be hosting a client appreciation dinner on Wednesday night for any of our clients that are in attendance.  Don't miss out!

New clients in New York and Detroit!

We are pleased to announce two new clients who have chosen to join us on the Path to Greatness!  The first is a New York builder of hardware and software for the New York Transit System.  They are using agileCMMI to speed their journey and get the most out of the CMMI and process improvement.  The other is in Detroit and builds diagnostic systems for automobiles.  They are building a global architecture for consistent, predictable processes.  We're proud of our excellent client-base and thank all of our great clients for trusting us with their CMMI and Process Improvement programs.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Broadsword announces 2011 CMMI Training Schedule

Our CMMI Training schedule is complete!  This year we'll be sharing our secrets, tips, and training in our CMMI classes in Michigan, Ohio, and Alabama - as well as our popular on-line webinars.

CMMI has been upgraded to CMMI v1.3.  Come to our CMMI Webinars and learn what you need to know to upgrade.  Attend our CMMI Classes to learn all about CMMI and CMMI Appraisals.

For more information go to or email

CMMI Training Events Hosted By Broadsword Solutions Corporation

FREE Webinar Series: Upgrade to CMMI v1.3 - What you Need to Know!

Friday, April 01, 2011 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

April 2011: Introduction to CMMI Training - Dayton, OH

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)

FREE Webinar Series: CMMI + Agile: Driving Radical Change

Friday, May 06, 2011 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

June 2011: Introduction to CMMI Training - Troy, Michigan

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 03, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)
TroyMI 48083 | Central Michigan University

June 2011 Webinar Series: CMMI - Everything you Need to Know

Friday, June 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM (ET)

September 2011 Introduction to CMMI Training - Huntsville, AL

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)
Location TBD

November 2011: Introduction to CMMI Training - Troy, Michigan

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 1:00 PM (ET)
TroyMI 48083 | Central Michigan University
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Broadsword Announces new Web Site

Broadsword Solutions Corporation today announced the launch if it's new web presence (, the premier site for software process improvement and CMMI related information.

The site, designed by HamiltonMarc Design Studio in collaboration with RobRoy & Company, features premium content, unavailable elsewhere, that can be downloaded free of charge.  

Learn about CMMI, software process improvement, eliminating Process Debt, agileCMMI, and Broadsword's solutions.

Fully integrated with social media sites Twitter, Blogspot, LinkedIn, and Facebook, the site seeks is in the center of the process improvement community.

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Register for our April Webinar: CMMI v1.3 Upgrade: What you Need to know!

Broadsword presents "CMMI v1.3 Upgrade: What you need to Know!" during our monthly webinar series April 1, 2011.

On November 1st,  2011 the current version of the CMMI, v1.2 will be retired, and starting today organizations using CMMI will be focusing on the latest release, CMMI v1.3.
There are many changes to the CMMI with this new release. CMMI v1.3 What you Need to Know  is important to you if you're involved with an SEPG, a process team, and appraisal team, or just working as a process coach, auditor, or engineer, you will want to hear this information.
During CMMI v1.3 - What you Need to Know we will also discuss the new SCAMPIsm v1.3, with it's new sampling rules and model interpretation.
Join us for an hour on April 1st, 2011 for CMMI v1.3 - What you Need to Know!
Register today at:

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jeff Dalton to address the Engineering Society of Detroit

On Tuesday, February 8th, Broadsword's President Jeff Dalton will address the Engineering Society of Detroit and the Michigan User Group (MUG) on the subject of agility and continuous improvements.  The presentation, titled "CMMI+Agile: Driving Radical Change in your Organization" will explore the use of agile methods to bring about enduring change to any engineering organization.  The venue will be the Engineering Society of Detroit in Southfield, MI.  More information can be found at

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

What is he difference between an Appraisal and an Audit?

What is the difference between an appraisal (ala CMMI) and an audit (ala TS9100)?  The answer to that has several parts, so stay with me :)
Part I: Intent
The intent of the authors of these documents (the CMMI-DEV model and the TS Audit Specification) is different.  CMMI is not a spec, it is a collection of "lessons learned" or "best practices" that are suggested by the authors, who were a collection of companies, consultants, and research scientists.  TS is a strict collection of work products and procedure requirements.  TS was intended as an audit method to ensure that organizations were "doing what they say they are doing" and that they comply, at the deliverable level, to the audit requirements.  The CMMI was intended as a tool for helping companies "see" how a great company behaves, and to use it as a way to incrementally make themselves better.   It assumes that companies get to decide what is best for them.  In a way, CMMI is one-level of abstraction higher than TS in it's requirement to adhere to certain behaviors, with CMMI being "more trusting" of the TS of your professionals.

Part 2: Collaboration
The SEI specifically states that since CMMI is something that is collaborative in nature (with the participants being management, practitioners, and the Lead Appraiser) it does not have an "audit" component, but is appraised for further opportunities for improvement by a joint team led by the Lead appraiser, whose job it is to ensure that the appraisal method is followed with full integrity.  To support Part I (above), it is the Lead Appraiser/Appraisal Team's job to simply identify strengths and weaknesses, not to "pass" an organization.  OEMs and the DOD have mis-applied the intent so that the line between "audit" and "appraisal" has been blurred.  But that doesn't mean they are the same thing.

Part 3: Behaviors vs. Documents
The TS audit seeks documents that 1) say what you are going to do and 2) show that you did them.  The CMMI seeks evidence that people understand the behaviors that are desired by management, and that they are using those behaviors, and continuously improving them.  Along the way they collaborate with their lead appraiser for advice and assistance in interpreting the model itself.  The documents are merely one form, among several, of demonstrating what behaviors have been used and what the results are.

Part 4: Interpretation of Evidence (this is probably the most important difference)
For a TS audit, documentary evidence is paramount.  Do the documents exist?  An Auditor is following a checklist . For a CMMI appraisal, the documents are merely one consequence of process, and it is vital that the Lead Appraiser and Appraisal Team have a great depth of understanding about how the organization works, what their business needs are, and what they are trying to accomplish.  They synthesize this to try to determine if what is being done is useful and meets the needs of the organization, and their findings will reflect that.  It's not pass or fail, but strengths and weaknesses.  The fact that OEMs and the DOD are trying to force a Pass/Fail mentality does not mean that it should be treated that way.

If you follow a process and a plan, and you incrementally make the improvements you need to make, then the appraisal will come when you are ready.  This is one reason why it's hard to "jam" it into a short schedule as you might a TS audit.  You need to convince the appraisal team (and the certified lead appraiser) that it truly is useful and an infrastructure exists for continuous improvement . . . . and that they are all being used by everyone!

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