Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Three Broadsword Senior Consultants to speak at SEPG 2012

Waterford, MI:  Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) today announced that the firm was honored by having three senior consultants selected to speak at the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) SEPG North America 2012 Conference on March 12-15, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.

2012 is the 7th consecutive year that Broadsword has been selected to speak, but this is the first year to have three speakers chosen.

Broadsword was notified of the acceptance of Julie Calfin, Laura Adkins, and Jeff Dalton as expert speakers to deliver four speeches (and one training class) on topics related to the Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.  The submissions process was conducted as a double-blind review, and the speakers were selected based on expertise, not name or company affiliation.

Jeff has been voted "Top Speaker" at multiple SEPG conferences, and was keynote speaker the the International Conference on CMMI in Lima, Peru in 2010.  He will be leading the firm's popular "CMMI+Scrum Learning Experience."

"We are honored and humbled to receive industry verification the Broadsword's expertise, as a company, is regarded so highly, and we look forward to sharing that knowledge," said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.  "I am very proud of the entire team."

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation: 
Broadsword is an SEI Partner and Process 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 L3 Communications, Broadsword’s methods and success is proven throughout North America and the world.

Broadsword is based in southeastern Michigan and can be reached at


Contact: Jeff Dalton

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Broadsword Forms Strategic Partnership with Guident Technologies to accelerate engineering performance

Herndon, VA:  Guident, a leading integrator of business intelligence, management consulting, and systems engineering services to the government and commercial marketplaces, today announced a strategic partnership with Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) to assist Guident in creating process and process efficiencies that that will benefit its customers using the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

Read more about the Guident-Broadsword Partnership here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Broadsword forms strategic partnership with Evanhoe and Associates, Inc.

DAYTON, OH:  Evenhoe and Associates, Inc. - specialists in IT, AIT, RFID, and AIDC and data collection, integration, and presentation - and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword) today announced a strategic partnership to assist Evanhoe in radically accelerating engineering performance using the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

Read more about Evanhoe and Broadsword's partnership here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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This Thanksgiving don't be a turkey - and avoid too much stuffing!

Dear Readers,

This year, as Mrs. Appraiser and I head out east to join all of our brother, sister, and little appraisers, I'm reminded to give thanks for all that we have.

We live in a place where we have smart engineers, software developers, analysts, project managers, and testers all doing their best to create some of the best products in the world.  But this year do yourself a favor - and don't be a turkey!

Ever since I was a little appraiser I loved the white meat.  "Just some white meat" I would say as my dad carved out a "partially implemented" piece that was sized just for me.  Mom would insists on a little stuffing, vegetables, and cranberry sauce so that I could "satisfy the goal" of growing up healthy.

But I really just wanted the white meat.  "Just enough, not too much" I would always say.

As we all prepare to head out for the holiday, keep in mind the basics of "Just Enough" process:

- always err on the side of "too little" and not "too much" process.  Engineers will know what to do if there isn't a flowchart.

- keep it simple.  Engineers are smart, they don't need step-by-step instructions.  They need guidelines.  Even if they did need them, you would probably get them wrong anyway.

- keep your documentation short, but consistent and easy to read.  Most people won't read it anyway.

- limit the amount of time and scope you allow people to work on "the process" ("limited WIP") so that it is not possible to over-engineer the solution.  Because if you let them, engineers will produce a process that is un-implementable.

- think of your process as a "product."  As a product, it will need resources, a plan, a design, and architecture, sponsorship, budget, and many other things to be successful.  A "process binder" is not a process system!

- Consider banning the words "process" and "CMMI" from your vernacular.  Want another word?  Try "E-N-G-I-N-E-E-R-I-N-G."

I remind you of these things because MOST organizations miss them.  Don't be a turkey this year and get filled up with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and potatoes.  Just ask for the white meat.  It's healthy and does not have much fat.

If you've taken my CMMI Training class then you've heard many of these things from me.  But if you're working with a CMMI Consultant that is not giving you the straight story, send me a note and I'll post a response.

Have a great holiday!

Jeff Dalton 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 has taught thousands of students and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

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