Friday, October 31, 2014

Broadsword Presents Webinars on Agile Resiliency and CMMI

WATERFORD, Mich., Oct. 31, 2014 — Engineering and software professionals will expand their knowledge and learn actionable tips and strategies about performance improvement, agile and the CMMI by attending one of Broadsword’s two new webinars scheduled in November. Both of the free online events will be presented by Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.

The first webinar, “Agile Resiliency: Scaling Agile so that it Thrives and Survives,” will be held Thursday, November 6.  To register online, go to:  Agile Resiliency Webinar

Agile Resiliency” is Broadsword’s proven strategy for scaling agile by strengthening and reinforcing agile values, methods, and techniques. In the webinar, Dalton demonstrates how integrating the architectural strengths of the CMMI with an agile approach can help make agile resilient enough to scale and thrive.

Attendees will learn actionable tips for using the “Agile Resilience Architecture" to help drive quality and performance improvement across the board, including how to bring greater clarity and strength to Scrum ceremonies.

In the second webinar, “CMMI: Everything You Need to Know,” attendees will gain an understanding of the popular Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), and learn to answer the “CMMI questions” as an engineering strategy for addressing common business problems such as late projects, over budget projects, and unhappy customers.

CMMI: Everything You Need to Know will be held Thursday, November 20.  To register online, go to: CMMI Webinar 

Jeff Dalton 

Jeff Dalton is Broadsword's President, Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of "agileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He is former Chairman of the CMMI Institute's Partner Advisory Board and past President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN). In 2008, Jeff coined the term Process Debt to describe the crushing, over-bearing processes too many companies employ to achieve a CMMI rating. He is a recipient of the prestigious Software Engineering Institute's SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI communities together through his popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser." He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time. Contact Jeff at

About Broadsword

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CMMI Institute announces Global Conference Series!

Today, we are pleased to announce the CMMI Institute Global Conference Series for 2014-2015 in cities that span the globe.

The CMMI Institute Global Conference Series connects organizations and individuals committed to building capability and elevating performance with the best practices, case studies, and shared learning that will equip them to face challenges and reach their goals. Check out the individual events or explore the whole series at the CMMI Institute Global Conference Series website, then mark your calendar and book your room. 

Mark your calendars for these exciting events: 
Interested in being a presenter at one of the CMMI Institute conferences?

If you have a case study that highlights how you improved your organizational capability and performance, we want to hear about your experience.  Submit by visiting the Call for Participation on the conference website, fill out the form and select the conference you plan to attend.

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CMMI Institute email subscribers can access a special 10% discount on the Early Bird registration rate for the CMMI Institute Global Congress.

Register by 30 November 2014 with the promotional code "EmailSpecial" to unlock the SUPER Early Bird rate. Register Now and Save>

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10-11 December 2014
Shenzhen, China
JW Marriott Hotel

Presented in partnership with  ZenithUS and with support from the City Government of Shenzhen

26 - 27 March 2015 
London, England
Location TBA

Presented in partnership with UNICOM.   Event formerly known as SEPG Europe.

12 - 13 May 2015
Seattle, USA
The Westin Seattle Hotel

Event formerly known as SEPG North America

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Monday, October 6, 2014

How can we get value from Requirements Development within Agile teams?

WATERFORD, MI. October 6, 2014 – For many, the language used in the CMMI practices just doesn’t seem very “agile.”  But there is a solution.

“I try to adapt my language to local conditions when working with agile teams, and my favorite word tends to be ‘stuff,’” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword.

To help translate the practices in Requirements Development into “stuff that needs to happen,” Dalton suggests that agile teams implement a three-tiered architecture that brings clarity to their requirements process and a cascading “definition of done” that helps ensure that the requirements provide a solid foundation for estimation, design, and development.

Dalton describes the details in the latest episode of “Just the FAQs,” a monthly series written and edited by Dalton and Pat O’Toole that answers frequently asked questions about the CMMI, SCAMPI and process improvement.

To ask questions, offer ideas and provide input, readers are encouraged to contact the authors at and

For more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation, software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program, visit