Tuesday, March 22, 2016



IT Solutions Provider Commits to Agile Training to Align with State of Michigan’s Methods

MARCH 22, 2016, COLUMBUS, OH – Advocate Solutions (Advocate) – a premier provider of objective professional services that drives value in State Government organizations through strategic thinking, project execution, and risk mitigation – announced today that it has selected Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword) to provide its members with training in aligning Agile methods with the SUITE Methodology used by the State of Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB). Advocate will provide this training to all its Michigan staff which they believe will enhance their ongoing commitment to helping clients achieve the client’s vision by delivering high-profile mission-critical projects & programs with the utmost discretion, a quiet effectiveness, and a vigilant eye on the realization of client business objectives.

Broadsword, a process improvement and performance innovation training and consulting firm, developed the Scrum + SUITE Learning Experience to help DTMB employees learn to integrate Agile values and Scrum techniques with the SUITE Methodology. In 1- and 2-day workshops, participants receive practical, hands-on training in being more Agile while using SUITE.

“Through our partnership with the State of Michigan, Advocate will continue to lead the way in providing Michigan unparalleled expert services integrating key aspects of Scrum with our disciplined and structured approach to projects and programs,” said Andy Trestrail, Practice Director for Advocate Solutions. “Going forward, the State can be confident it will lead the way in agility when working with Advocate.”

To date, Broadsword has delivered 15 Scrum + SUITE Learning Experience workshops for the State of Michigan and its vendors. Over 250 class participants have acquired new skills and cutting edge techniques that can help them take a lighter, leaner approach to solving business problems incrementally and iteratively.

“One of the great challenges of adopting Agile at State of Michigan is how to integrate with the vendor community,” said Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword. “Advocate’s commitment to Agile training is a great indicator of their desire to partner and succeed with the State of Michigan.”


Established in 1995, Advocate provides public sector clientele nationwide with a broad range of management consulting and advisory services. Advocate has been instrumental in assisting Public and Private sector clients in establishing strategic advantage through active management of their IT portfolios, mission critical projects, quality processes, and organizational change. Advocate specializes in helping clients with high-profile, mission-critical, politically-sensitive challenges and works to drive value while protecting client interests. More information is available at www.TeamAdvocate.com.


Broadsword is a Process Improvement and Performance Innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner that is the world-leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their AgileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching and CMMI training solutions. Working with great clients like ADNET, Boeing, Chrysler, Agilex, and L3 Communications, Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America and the world. Broadsword is based outside of Detroit, MI and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Important Announcement: CMMI Institute Joins ISACA

The CMMI Institute has been acquired by ISACA, the standards organization responsible for COBIT and CISA, the cyber security certification leader.

Below is the statement from ISACA:

We are living in a time of dynamic change in our industry. Our respective roles have evolved and are now absolutely critical in helping organizations ensure world-class capability. ISACA must evolve as well to best serve you.

With this commitment in mind, we are pleased to share some exciting news with you today. ISACA has acquired CMMI® Institute, a global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process and technology. CMMI Institute is the organization behind the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a globally adopted capability improvement framework that guides organizations in high-performance operations. It provides tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps.

By joining forces, we broaden our reach in helping organizations optimize their use of technology, increase value for their stakeholders and improve business performance. For you—our member–that means we can better help you raise levels of enterprise wide performance.

This acquisition is a smart investment for ISACA and our members, and will benefit the individuals and enterprises that ISACA and CMMI Institute serve. We will continue to run the organizations separately, with CMMI Institute operating as a subsidiary. However, we will work closely to identify and maximize opportunities to work together in ways that will benefit our members—including new IP generation and potential expansion of current and future programs.

We invite you to learn more here, where you will find a full news announcement, more information about CMMI Institute and an FAQ. If you have additional questions, please send them to news@isaca.org and we will be glad to address them.

We hope you share our enthusiasm for this news and will take advantage of the innovative products and resources that will come as a result of this new relationship. We will keep you updated as they become available. 2016 is sure to be a big year.

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