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Scaling and Strengthening Agile


Everybody is talking about Agile. Throughout the world, IT and Software Engineering organizations are embracing agile methods to take advantage of the benefits of incremental and iterative delivery. Large corporations and the Federal Government are increasingly directing software developers to “be agile,” but business practices related to marketing, procurement, project management, and systems definition are anything but. These organizations all heavily outweigh software development both in budget and in influence.

While more software developers are living in an agile world, the business continues to live in a waterfall. It’s not a conflict that will be easily resolved, but there is opportunity to take control of the debate. Agile Resiliency is about strengthening and reinforcing Agile values, methods, and techniques so that it can scale and thrive in this conflicted environment by integrating with the architectural strengths of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a proven and widely adopted framework used to deploy a continuous improvement infrastructure. 

While the CMMI has been successfully deployed for years in support of more “traditional” engineering projects, it is methodology agnostic, so its strength can also be leveraged to strengthen Agile methods. Why not embrace both?

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Broadsword offers Agile, CMMI, A-SPICE, ISO, and Organizational Change consulting, appraisals, workshops, and training – but that’s only the beginning. We provide an agile environment in which you can be successful, learn, and be part of making a great company even better.


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. Jeff is the former Chairman of the CMMI Institute's Partner Advisory Board and President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN). Jeff was the Keynote Speaker for the PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium. 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.


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