Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Where can we find an agile and lean version of the CMMI Training Class?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, We heard your CMMI training class is a little different from other CMMI training classes because you take an agile and lean approach to the CMMI Institute's "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v.1.3". Where can we sign up? ~ Galen D.

Galen, you heard correctly! As an organizational performance innovator, this CMMI Appraiser designed an agile and lean version of the CMMI Institute-authorized training class, "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3," just for people like you. We're conducting the class on August 14-16 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and I'd love for you to experience it with us!

REGISTER NOW >> 

As you may already know about CMMI, (Capability Maturity Model Integration), the Model is a high-performance framework for engineering and software organizations that will give you the tools you need to focus on doing the things you signed up for - writing great software and building great products.

If your company is conducting a CMMI SCAMPI A Appraisal, this is a required course for Appraisal Team Members.

What will you learn in the CMMI training class?

In the class, you’ll learn how to use the CMMI as a guide to help you ...

  • Establish a useful level of control over your processes
  • Improve the speed of software delivery, engineered products, and technology services
  • Change and improve the behaviors within your company needed to deliver high-quality services and products

What's in it for you?

  • Learn about ways to improve performance and remain agile
  • 21 PDUs towards your PMP certification
  • More than a 30% discount
  • Fun and entertaining learning experience with hands-on games, exercises, and lectures

What do you get to take home?

  • CMMI Institute Authorized training materials
  • Broadsword exclusive training materials
  • A copy of CMMI: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement
  • CMMI v1.3 quick-reference card
  • CMMI v1.3 Reference Poster
  • Certificate of Completion

In "Introduction to CMMI" you will not only learn, but learn to apply what you’ve learned, so that you always know how things are going and how they can be made better.

Will you join us?


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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What does it mean to "labor in freedom"?


Dear Readers,

Happy Independence Day!

This Fourth of July, we're pausing in our mission of helping companies improve organizational performance to reflect on all we have as Americans.  Once again we are deeply humbled by the heroism of countless servicemen and women who gave their lives to ensure the rights and freedoms that we enjoy every day.

For many engineering and software professionals, this includes the freedom to build great companies that solve real problems.  Truly, what could be more important to the health and viability of our nation?  As Albert Einstein said, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”

That’s why Broadsword is so passionate about helping companies adopt CMMI and agile as tools that can help them be as great as they can be.  We want you to “labor in freedom” and be free of burdensome process debt, free of unhappy customers, and free from life-draining overhead and excessive, rigid compliance.

So let’s all enjoy our precious free time on this, our nation's 240th birthday.  As we celebrate the holiday with friends and family, as we wave flags, sing patriotic songs, and attend picnics, parades and fireworks celebrations, let’s take a moment to appreciate how the values that helped build this great country can also help us build great companies.

To your freedom!

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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Announcing CMMI training August 14-16

Hey, CMMI Appraiser

I’m part of an executive leadership group that is made up of several very different software and engineering companies. Many of us are interested in CMMI training, but it's complicated. We’ve got an aerospace engineering firm with an Agile team approach, a Department of Defense contractor with a Waterfall approach, and an automotive industry supplier with a CMMI-based approach. Is there one CMMI training class that can meet all of our needs? ~ Ethan M.

Hey, Ethan,

You’ve come to the right place. Our CMMI training is a good fit for just about every type of company and every variety of leader and staff person. All you need is a desire to learn.


With learning as your goal, you’ll find can use the CMMI as one of the tools that helps you set the right goals and objectives, ask the right questions, and establish the type of environment for operating like a great company.

So if you and the executives in your group love learning, here’s an interactive learning experience that will feel just right:

Announcing "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3," a CMMI Institute-approved CMMI training class that Broadsword is conducting on August 14-16, 2017, in Knoxville, TN.

Register HERE for "Introduction to CMMI-DEV," August 14-16, 2017, in Knoxville, TN.

"Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3" is designed to help engineering and software professionals.  Some are CMMI-focused and looking for guidance on being lighter and more flexible.  Some are on Agile teams that are still seeking the kind of results they’ve been hoping for.  And some represent Waterfall organizations that are considering new perspectives.

If you’re coming "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3," be prepared for a different kind of CMMI training experience.  You’ll play games, do exercises, tell stories and listen to your peers.  With real life examples, lessons and proven techniques, you take away – and retain – valuable information to be used on the job, immediately.

Register now.

We hope to see you there!

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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Announcing Capability Counts 2017 Presentation: 20-Day Countdown to SCAMPI A

Dear Readers,

The good times are about to roll!  CMMI Institute’s Capability Counts 2017, our industry’s premier conference for performance improvement, Agile and CMMI, kicks off next week in the Washington, DC area, with in-depth learning opportunities for using the CMMI to improve organizational performance and increase capability!

As you know if you’ve been reading our blog this month, Broadsword is delivering eight presentations at the event I like to call “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  One presentation in particular you won’t want to miss is Cathy Henderson’s “20 Days Out – NOW WHAT?  Countdown To SCAMPI A” on Tue, May 16th, 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM.


Cathy and I had a chance for a little Q&A recently:

CMMI Appraiser: Why “20 Days Out”?

Cathy: To use a juggling metaphor, the 20-day mark is the critical point that represents all of the balls being in the air at once. At 4 weeks before the scheduled SCAMPI A, organizations are conducting Appraisal Team Training and the Readiness Review; they are collecting appraisal evidence, scheduling interviews, and of course still maintaining their day jobs! There is a lot going on, and folks need a good strategy to be successful. My presentation shares this strategy.

CMMI Appraiser: What is the big problem organizations typically are facing when they get to the 20-day mark?

Cathy: Most organizations are not very well prepared at that critical point. Unprepared organizations put stress on their teams and have to scramble to the finish line, if they can make it without postponing.  It’s not a good way to market the valuable processes designed to make their organization better.

In “20 Day Countdown to SCAMPI,” any organization that is preparing for an appraisal will understand the best method to plan and monitor tasks while avoiding major pitfalls that may affect the success of the SCAMPI... and sanity of their teams!

CMMI Appraiser: What solutions have people tried, but failed?

Cathy: People try to prepare for the SCAMPI at the same time they are deploying processes and training project teams. They do this because they have underestimated the planning piece and associated dependencies, a mistake that often leads to failure.

CMMI Appraiser: What are some leading indicators that a CMMI appraisal is heading toward a disaster?

Cathy: If an organization has not finished deploying standard processes, then projects cannot produce outputs, and appraisal teams cannot collect evidence. That’s a danger sign.

CMMI Appraiser: What are some leading indicators that a CMMI appraisal is heading toward success?

Cathy: There has been a plan with tasks, milestones, and it has been monitored as well as shared with the Lead Appraiser. Now you’re on the right track!

CMMI Appraiser: What is an “a-ha” moment people will get from your presentation?

Cathy: Look to the CMMI Model and the processes developed to guide you towards a successful SCAMPI.

As a bonus, here’s my Best Kept Secret: If you have applied PP, PMC, GP 2.10 and M&A to your SCAMPI planning process, you are on Easy Street!

CMMI Appraiser: Thank you, Cathy! I hope our readers will join us for your presentation next week for Capabilty Counts 2017. For those who haven’t purchased a ticket, there’s still time to register here.

See you at Capability Counts 2017!

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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What are the Gamers' Alley sessions at Capability Counts 2017?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, What are the Gamers'Alley sessions at Capability Counts 2017? ~ Software and Engineering People Everywhere

Hey, all you good people of the software industry! One of the reasons I'm so passionate about Capability Counts 2017 is all the great opportunities we'll have to learn from (and with) one another. Like "Gamers' Alley," for instance. Ross Timmerman, from Broadsword’s Performance Innovation Team, is presenting two sessions of Gamers’ Alley at the conference. Gamers' Alley is an innovative, hands-on learning environment for experiencing breakthroughs in performance ...

But let's let Ross tell it.

Take it away, Ross Timmerman!


CMMI Appraiser: Welcome, Ross! Please enlighten our readers. What is Gamers' Alley?

Ross: Gamer's Alley is a fun and fast-paced way to learn about key concepts at the core of CMMI and Agile without really knowing that you're doing that while you play. It's noisy, chaotic, messy and intense all at the same time, much like working on a project.

CMMI Appraiser: What are some of the big a-ha moments people get at Gamer's Alley?

Ross: One big a-ha moment is when the gamers grasp the massive power of reflection and working together to get better early and often. It's so different than doing lessons learned at the end of a multi-year project. Another big a-ha moment comes when the concept of understanding value from the perspective of the user (customer), and then intentionally delivering value to the user (customer) as rapidly as possible creates questions about the value of thousand line project plans for multi year projects. Change happens so fast that we can't predict what will happen in a month much less a year.

CMMI Appraiser: What is the most astonishing thing you've seen happen at Gamer's Alley?

Ross: The most astonishing thing I see are the quiet, deliberative, engineering types throwing all that off, and diving in with wild abandon. Let's face it, work should be fun. If it's not, maybe we should buy some Legos!

CMMI Appraiser: Thanks, Ross! I hope everyone will come check out Gamers' Alley for this fun way to learn about improving performance.

See you at Capability Counts!

Register here.


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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Who Else Needs CMMI Training?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, we're looking at adopting the CMMI and getting CMMI training as a way to give us more control over the way we do our work. Can CMMI really help in this direction? If so, as QA, I'll sign up. Also, can you tell me who else from our organization needs CMMI training? ~ Cathy B, QA

Hey, Cathy - yes, the CMMI can and will give you more control over the way you do your work. Without CMMI, you can feel like you're just being dragged along ...


You can take control of the way you do your work by signing up for “Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3,” a three-day CMMI Institute-authorized training class on June 6-8 in Arlington, Virginia.

When: June 6, 2017 @8:30am – June 8, 2017 @1:00pm
Where: Arlington, Virginia (outside of Washington, DC)
Cost: $1300 (that’s more than 30% off!)
How to register: Click here!

As to your question "who else from our organization should take CMMI training?" the class is open to all IT leaders, software engineers, software developers, project managers, business analysts and line managers.

Your teammates NEED to take CMMI Training when …
  • Your company is interested in improving software and engineering performance
  • Your management wants an approach to remedy consistently late or over-budget projects
  • Your team needs a way to make its work sustainable and scaleable
Your teammates are REQUIRED to take CMMI Training when …
  • You intend to participate in a SCAMPI Appraisal team
  • You wish to become a CMMI Lead Appraiser
The CMMI is designed to give you more control over how things are going and what you need to do to get better.  So take the first step to taking control of your work.

Hope this helps, Cathy. Register now, and we'll see you in class!

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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about running a successful CMMI program.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The #1 Reason I'm Going (Back) to Capability Counts This Year: To Build Stronger Relationships with Key CMMI Institute Leaders

Hey, CMMI Appraiser - will we get a chance to meet some of the CMMI Institute leaders at Capability Counts this year? ~ CMMI program sponsor in Maryland

Dear Readers, 

Get those bags packed!  It’s almost time to head out to the Washington, DC area for Capability Counts for indepth learning about using the CMMI to improve organizational performance! But before we go, I have one final thought to help you make the best use of your time at Capability Counts 2017.

Today our countdown of the Top 5 Reasons to Attend has worked all the way down to #1. 


Drum roll, please! The #1 Reason to Attend Capability Counts 2017 this year is …

To build stronger relationships with CMMI Institute leaders.

Whether you’re new to the CMMI Conference, or are a regular attendee of our industry’s premier event on process improvement and the CMMI, introducing yourself to your hosts is not only the polite thing to do, it is one of the best reasons for going to the Capability Counts. Especially this year, when key CMMI Institute leaders will be in attendance.

Space on this blog is limited, so I’d like to call attention to five of the many important and influential people that you’ll want to be sure to meet at the Conference. They are:

1. Kirk Botula, CEO of CMMI Institute. Kirk is a team-builder, visionary and just an all-around terrific guy. Meeting with Kirk will give you peace of mind that the CMMI is alive and well and has a strong future. You’ll get insight into his vision for how the CMMI will grow, evolve, sustain and be successful over time.

2. Dan Torens, COO. Dan’s in charge of managing product releases and executing strategy, and can help end-users get a feel for how the CMMI Institute operates, how its future products will be released and what some of the major internal projects might be.

3. Rawdon (“Rusty”) Young. Rusty is a key player and an invaluable resource. He is involved in the hands-on creation of new products and next-generation releases of the CMMI. Talk to Rusty about your questions on CMMI, DMM, and SCAMPI.

4. Katie Tarara, Manager of Partner and Client Services. As every CMMI Partner learns, there is no better person to connect with at the CMMI Institute than Katie. Katie is all about listening. She loves to reach out to Partners and end-users for their suggestions and ideas on making the CMMI Institute even better.

5. Chavonne Hoyle, Director of Marketing. Chavonne is the Institute’s chief buzz-builder and also has responsibility for the conference. You’ll find Chavonne a joy to know!

As key representatives of the CMMI Institute at Capability Counts, Kirk, Dan, Rusty, Katie and Chavonne are a big part of the face of a product lines that we use every day. If you are a CMMI user – or are considering adopting the Model – you’ll want to get to know them and tap into their vast expertise. If you are a CMMI Institute Partner, it’s important to meet with these leaders, so you can join us in working more closely with them on reinforcing the brand. Capability Counts is the perfect place to do that.

While I don’t have space to write about ALL of the great people at the CMMI Institute, I’d also encourage you to connect with everyone on the CMMI Institute team.

Other great folks you don’t want to miss at Capability Counts this year are the leaders of the many general sessions and workshops of the Conference. These CMMI users are on the front lines of process improvement and performance acceleration, so you get practical, relevant and valuable learning experiences straight from the ones who know!

From Broadsword, you’ll have an opportunity to meet our speakers:

Jeff Dalton: Featured Presentation – Stability, Agility, and The Capable Organization; AND Holacracy – Abolish Hierarchy while Leveraging CMMI to Radically Change Your Organization

Ross Timmerman: Gamers’ Alley

Julie Calfin: The Great Service Multiplier - How Our Consulting Firm Doubled Revenues and Reduced Costs by Implementing CMMI-SVC

Laura Adkins: The Buy-In Effect – How Getting Alignment Can Get Your CMMI Adoption UnStuck

Tim Zeller: Agile Performance Management

Cathy Henderson: 20 Days to SCAMPI A – How to get to the Finish Line and Keep Your Sanity

And that’s it, my friends! Those are my Top 5 Reasons to Attend Capability Counts – and there are many more reasons that you are sure to discover on your own. I’m looking forward to hearing about YOUR experience.

Register here.

See you in our nation’s capital!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI nstructor, 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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation, software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The #2 Reason to Attend Capability Counts 2017: To Improve Organizational Performance

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, what can I tell my boss about why she should send us to Capability Counts this year? ~ CMMI sponsor in Florida

Dear Readers,

Time flies, and if you don't convince your boss soon about why she should send your team to Capability Counts this year, the opportunity may soar away without you! Capability Counts 2017 (a/k/a SEPGNA, a/k/a The CMMI Conference) is coming up fast, on May 16-17, 2017.

If your boss has expressed concern that it might not be worth your while to attend, that's actually a good sign. She just needs a better understanding of the value, which is not unusual, I've found. Whether you are just starting to consider adopting the CMMI for your organization, or already have extensive experience with the Model – you want to know whether this year’s CMMI experience is right for you.

Tell your boss to be concerned no more! As a veteran attendee, regular speaker at Capability Counts and other industry conferences, and longtime practitioner of the CMMI, I feel so strongly about the value of the Conference that I’ve developed a list of Top 5 Reasons to attend Capability Counts 2017, and we’ve been counting them down.  Today we're down to the penultimate reason!


Drum roll, please! Reason #2 is …

To improve organizational performance.

As you know if you’ve attended the Conference in the past, Capability Counts is the premier organizational performance improvement conference. Hundreds of professionals come from around the world come to learn, network and explore solutions to their performance challenges. It’s such an amazing event that I like to call it “the greatest show on earth!”

This year, the show will be even better! Our host, the CMMI Institute, has been working hard to make sure this year’s Conference has something for everyone who attends, wherever you are in your professional journey. The Program Committee has created three days (including the PreConference sessions on Monday, May 15th) of content focused on positively impacting the way you do your work.

The format is designed to help you explore using the CMMI to improve performance through first-person case studies, interactive workshops, and powerful presentations that can help you to get started with CMMI or take your organization to new levels of success.

Whether your interest is multi-model, practical process improvement, high maturity, agile, DevOps, Services, Acquisition, or any other discipline, you will find ample opportunities to dive into the principles and practices that can help your organization better harness the power of performance improvement with the CMMI. Check out the Capability Counts schedule.

The variety of learning opportunities alone is incredible. You can expect to come away with real life, practical and implementable ideas. For full details about the Conference logistics and to register, navigate around the Capability Counts site.

The Capability Counts is a terrific opportunity to spend two days focusing on how you can  get better at what you do. For some, this will be reason enough to attend this year’s conference. Others may be preparing for their SCAMPI Appraisals, want to learn how to scale Agile, or just want to learn more about CMMI.  Why will YOU go?

The countdown continues!  Be sure to check back soon for Reason #1.

Register here:

We hope to see you at Capability Counts 2017!

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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The #3 Reason to Attend Capability Counts 2017: To Be an Agile Gamer!

Hey, CMMI Appraiser – What does Capability Counts 2017 offer Agile teams?
~ Agile Scrum Training teammate, State IT organization

Hello, my friends!

In my stops in software and engineering organizations all around the country (and planet), I’ve been talking a lot about Capability Counts 2017, which is being held near Washington, DC this year. So, in honor of the historic cadence of nation’s most sacred document … allow me to borrow a phrase from Thomas Jefferson.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

  • Capability Counts 2017 was formerly known as SEPG NA, The CMMI Conference and (by this CMMI Appraiser, anyway) “The Greatest Show on Earth!”
  • The industry's premier event for Organizational Performance Improvement will be held in Alexandria, VA on May 6-8, 2017
  • We would love to see you there!

And now, on with the countdown. As we do every year here on Ask the CMMI Appraiser, we’re listing the Top 5 Reasons to Attend Capability Counts 2017. If you missed it, reason #5 was “To Build Capability!

Reason #4 was “To Take Advantage of All Our Nation’s Capital Has to Offer.”

Drum roll please!

The #3 Reason to Attend Capability Counts 2017 is …


To Be an Agile Gamer!

Yes, back by popular demand, “Gamer’s Alley” promises to be a highlight of the conference once again this year. If you’ve never heard of Gamer’s Alley, it’s a great way for anyone interested in Agile methods to acquire and develop skills while playing agile games.

How does Gamer’s Alley work?

Gamer’s Alley works by offering a fun, competitive environment, where engineering executives and professionals can learn new agile skills in the ultimate learning experience.

Do you love a test of wits? Do you get fired up over the idea of having a coach helping you win? My friend, this is the session for you. You’ll learn more about collaboration, iterative delivery, and continuous improvement in a hands-on environment that leverages CMMI and Agile methods. Your coaches and facilitators are experienced Game Masters who are also CMMI and Agile coaches and instructors. Make sure you stop by and check out concurrent events including the XP Game, the Collaboration Game, and more! There will be prizes and plenty of fun.

Do you have to know what Agile is to participate in Gamer’s Alley?

There are experience restrictions at Gamer’s Alley! This is where you get experience, in a safe, controlled atmosphere. Whether you’re just starting your capability journey, learning how to use CMMI in an Agile environment, or a seasoned veteran, you’ll take away valuable lessons that you can use right away.

Register here for Capability Counts 2017.

Need more reasons to go? Stay tuned for Reason #2!

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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 www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The #4 Reason to Attend Capability Counts 2017: To Take Advantage of All Our Nation’s Capital Has to Offer

Hey, CMMI Appraiser - Should we send our team to Capability Counts 2017 this year? 
~ a small business client that provides IT Services to the Federal Government

Hello, my friends!

Absolutely you should send your team to the big annual industry event I like to call "The Greatest Show on Earth"! We'll be there, celebrating our umpteenth (yes, that's an official statistic) time that we'll be presenting our strategies, techniques, tips and tactics about organizational performance innovation, Agile and CMMI to the most passionate group of engineering and software executives and professionals on the planet, and we'd love to have you join us. To help you decide, we're counting down the Top 5 Reasons to Attend Capability Counts 2017, and today we’re down to Reason #4.

If you are just joining us for the countdown, here’s what you missed:


And now, we're on to Reason #4. Drum roll please!



The #4 Reason to Attend Capability Counts 2017 is …

To Take Advantage of All Our Nation’s Capital Has to Offer

As you may know, each year a different, unique American city plays host to the annual Capability Counts conference. This year’s picturesque setting is Alexandria, VA, located just across the Potomac from our nation’s capital and a stunning destination in its own right. Rich in history and bustling with energy, this northern Virginia hotspot has something for everyone:

  • Before the White House, there was Mount Vernon. Less than ten miles from Alexandria, visit the home of our nation’s first president.
  • An incredible selection of restaurants, many featuring outdoor dining
  • Hop onto the Metro and make your way into D.C. to visit some of the new monuments that may have opened since your last visit, like the MLK Jr Memorial and the National WWII Memorial
  • Gorgeous public gardens
  • Abundant historical military sites, including Fort Stevens, the Lee Mansion, and the Lincoln Cottage
  • Take a spring evening stroll along the Potomac, and stop for a cocktail or dessert at a riverfront bistro
  • Tour the Newseum in nearby D.C. to learn about the history of our nation’s press
  • Take part in one of Alexandria’s many walking tours, featuring costumed guides and local experts
  • Visit King Street, Alexandria’s charming shopping destination

…and much more. There are many compelling amazing reasons to attend this year’s conference; between the excellent technical learning, influential networking opportunities, and historic location, you’ll find yourself immersed in knowledge and opportunity.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Register today

Still undecided? Stay tuned for Reason #3!

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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 https::/broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Countdown to Capability Returns! Top 5 Reasons to Attend Capability Counts 2017. Reason #5: To Build Capability

Hello again, my friends!  Are you ready for our industry’s premier event? Yes, it’s almost time for Capability Counts 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, on May 16-17 – and I for one can’t wait!

To help the time go by faster, as I do every year, I’ll be counting down the Top 5 Reasons to attend. So let’s get started with Reason #5.


Reason #5: Acquire valuable information about building capability

There’s a very good reason I call this event, “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Formerly known as SEPG conference, and f/k/a CMMI Congress, Capability Counts 2017 offers attendees a banquet of information about building capability:


  • Opening Keynote presentation from Greg Williams, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA
  • 80+ speakers will share their knowledge of CMMI adoption and capability improvement experience
  • 7 Tracks with captivating sessions - customize your schedule to fit your business needs

There’s a lot here for you. Learning experiences range from formal presentations to tutorials to workshops to informal conversations and social interactions. We’ll share strategies and tactics, tips and techniques, best practices to adopt, and pitfalls to avoid.  Also we will be reprising the popular "Gamers' Alley" track.  And we’ll have the truly unforgettable experience of building our capability, together.

Yes, Capability Counts 2017 offers the best of the best in performance improvement and building capability. But what did you expect?  When so many great people get together around their shared passion for process improvement, performance innovation and CMMI, cool things happen.

Will you join us?

Register for Capability Counts

Need more reasons to go? Stay tuned for Reason #4!

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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 https::/broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Get Your DISCOUNT CODE for Capability Counts 2017

Capability Counts DISCOUNT CODES are here!

Thinking of coming to Capability Counts 2017 in Alexandria, VA on May 16-17?

This conference, formerly known as "SEPG," will be a collection of several hundred process improvement and CMMI experts from around the world - and you definitely want to be there!



Your CFO will be happy to hear that The Appraiser can give you $200 smackers off the registration fee!

Message me at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com for your code.

Register for the conference here.

Hope to see you at Capability Counts 2017!

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Capability Counts 2017 is coming to Washington, DC May 16-17!

Capability Counts 2017 is coming!

Join us May 16-17 in Alexandria, VA to hear over 50 speakers, play games, take classes, and network with other practitioners that are passionate about increasing professional capability!


Once again, this year Broadsword will be prominently featured at the conference. Here is a rundown of who’s speaking from Broadsword, when, and on what topics:

Monday, May 15th
Jeff Dalton (8:30-11:30AM) Pre-Conference Half-Day Tutorial: Agile Learning Experience

Tuesday, May 16th 
Ross Timmerman (9:00AM): Gamers’ Alley

Julie Calfin (9:45AM): The Great Service Multiplier - How Our Consulting Firm Doubled Revenues and Reduced Costs by Implementing CMMI-SVC

Jeff Dalton (11:15AM): Holacracy – Abolish Hierarchy while Leveraging CMMI to Radically Change Your Organization

Darian Poinsetta (3:30PM): Finally! A model for evaluating agile performance – The Agile Performance Holarchy

Wednesday, May 17th 
Laura Adkins (10:30AM): The Buy-In Effect – How Getting Alignment Can Get Your CMMI Adoption UnStuck

Ross Timmerman (1:15PM): Gamers’ Alley

Tim Zeller (1:15PM): Agile Performance Management

Jeff Dalton (2:45PM) Featured Presentation: Stability, Agility, and The Capable Organization

So come to Alexandria , Virginia and learn alongside hundreds of executives and professionals like you who are focused on the fact that CMMIAgile and Performance Improvement are all about the transformation of the culture of your company. I’ve got a lot of exciting strategies, tactics and insights to share in my presentation, and I’d hate for you to miss out.

Register now!

We hope to see you at Capability Counts 2017!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Can we get PDUs for CMMI training?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser – we enjoyed your webinar and would love to know when the next CMMI training class is going to be held in the DC area. Also, can we get PDUs for your class? ~ webinar attendees from Virginia

Hello, Virginia!

I’m glad you enjoyed the webinar and are hungry for more information about the CMMI. You are in luck! With a certain holiday in February fast approaching, your CMMI Appraiser decided to give engineering and software professionals something you all seem to LOVE:

More opportunities to learn!



"Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3" is an interactive learning experience that is designed for managers, systems engineers, software developers, project managers, or process professionals –whether they are with CMMI-focused companies that are looking for guidance on being lighter and more flexible, or Agile teams that are still seeking the kind of results they’ve been hoping for. This three-day CMMI Institute course provides attendees with a detailed overview of the Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV).

And yes, you can receive 21 PDU's towards your PMP Certification for this course!

"Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3"
February 22 8:30am – February 24 2017 1:00pm.
Mclean, VA

Cost: $1300 (that’s more than 30% off!)

Register for "Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3"

Bonus Content! You won’t get this anywhere else!

In addition to the CMMI Institute Authorized course material, class participants will be presented two Broadsword exclusive course modules. These modules, “The Secrets of SCAMPI Appraisals” and “Agile Resiliency: Making Agile Stronger with CMMI”, have proven to be a highlight learning experience, and are only offered here.

What's not to love? Hope to see you in class!

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

Friday, January 20, 2017

What is the future of Agile?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser - In your opinion, what is the future of agile? ~ Flore D

Hey, Flore, I am talking about the future of agile -- and the future of organizations that embrace agile -- on a live webinar presented by ISACA. You're welcome to join me!

Register here.


Attendees can expect to receive valuable take-aways from this hour-long webinar as we explore a model-based approach to building agility and capability, including a practical demonstration of how the CMMI strengthens your organization. You'll understand what needs to be done to guide your organization to thrive and survive in a leaner, more agile future.

See you on the Webinar!

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hey, CMMI Appraiser - Where can I find you on Twitter? ~ Paul C.

Dear Readers,

Did you know that Ask the CMMI Appraiser is on Twitter?



If you're one of over two thousand of our followers, you're already getting our daily tweets packed with CMMI knowledge.  You know we're different because we help you focus on the fact that Process Improvement, Agile, and CMMI are all about the transformation of the culture of your company.

Join the movement! Click to follow us on Twitter right now @CMMIAppraiser.  What could be easier -- or more fun?

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