Thursday, February 26, 2015

Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like only yesterday when a customer gave us our name in 2005, saying we “cut through the noise and politics like a Broadsword.” From that point forward, engineering and software organizations continued to engage us because they knew we brought a practical, agile, and incremental way to improve performance without disrupting their business – and they told us so. For example:

“Our experience working with the Broadsword team was exemplary. They quickly understood our business and helped us to lay out a plan to achieve our CMMI Level 3 goal.” ~ President, PI Innovo

So we kept cutting through the noise and politics to help put more companies on the path to greatness. Now we look up to discover it’s our 10-year anniversary!

To mark the happy occasion, we’re throwing a year-long party.

That’s right, a whole year of hanging out and sharing the good times! We will introduce you to Tim, Ross, Julie, Laura and all the great people we know, and all the great things we’ve been doing together. We’ll laugh. We’ll talk. And we’ll show you how to learn to use the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a model that helps you build better software and run better projects. It’s going to be the jam of the decade!

So come along! We’re letting the good times roll by giving more companies more access to our proven AgileCMMI solutions, Broadsword’s original approach to helping organizations like yours get better at what they are ALREADY doing.

It all starts right here, with the people, products and services that Broadsword is proud to make available to you. We’re handing out plenty of door prizes in 2015, so plan on bringing home lots of valuable take-aways in the weeks and months ahead.

Why throw a bash that lasts all year? Well, you hardly need a reason to party when you see CMMI as we see it - as an ongoing celebration, a model for being joyful in the quest for becoming a great company.

So grab that special software lady or an engineering buddy or two, and join us for a glass of birthday cheer that lasts all year. It’s our CMMI birthday, and we’re bringing the party to you!

Here’s your first door prize. Find out your true baseline and get back some data about how your team aligns with CMMI by taking our complimentary Micro Assessment. Get started with CMMI success! Click here:

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec! 

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified 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.

Visit for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation, software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rob Macdonald Joins Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Contact: Jeff Dalton 
Telephone: 888.715.4423

Rob Macdonald Joins Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Brings entrepreneurial marketing communications background to rapidly growing firm

DETROIT, MI, February 3, 2015 — Today Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), an organizational performance improvement and engineering strategy company, announced that Rob Macdonald has joined Broadsword. His employment is effective immediately.

Macdonald, who has been a president, vice president and director of several organizations that he founded or co-founded, will lead the company’s inbound marketing efforts, as well as expand Broadsword’s solutions portfolio to help the firm’s clients improve their internal communications.

With over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations, including running his own consulting firm, Macdonald has a record of accomplishment in multiple business roles such as strategy, business development, marketing, content creation and training. He joins the Broadsword’s growing team of performance innovation consultants.

“Rob is a great addition to our leadership team,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword. “Having worked with us for several years as a consultant, Rob has leveraged his creativity and leadership skills to bring innovative and timely solutions to our company. With his passion for operationalizing marketing, Rob will help make our outreach efforts more consistent and predictable, setting us apart from our competition and allowing us to deliver the knowledge and content that our clients value.”

Prior to joining Broadsword, Macdonald successfully led inbound marketing and internal communications projects and programs for companies in the IT, legal, insurance, nonprofit, academic, engineering, marketing and management consulting industries, among others.

“Broadsword is a different kind of organizational performance improvement company,” Macdonald said. “I am looking forward to bringing my creativity, energy and business experience to further position Broadsword as an industry leader in using performance improvement strategies, techniques and tools for our customers.”

Macdonald holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is past president of the American Marketing Association, Baltimore Chapter and co-founder of the first public charter school in Baltimore. His award-winning column appears in the Baltimore Business Journal.


Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner and organizational performance improvement 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. Broadsword serves clients throughout North America with offices in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI, and San Diego, CA. They can be reached at

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