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Broadsword News

  • 2 April 2014, 4:39 pm
    What Can We Learn About Process Architecture from Justin Bieber?
    Why does a pop music hit - even a Justin Bieber tune - sound "right?"  It's because the sound engineer adjusted each setting to create the right "mix."

    The same is true of CMMI and Process Architecture.

    In the most recent article in the "Just the FAQs" CMMI series, Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword Solutions, explains why the process "mix" must be adjusted for each organization's specific project, team and objectives.  Dalton disagrees with process consultants who insists that CMMI Maturity Level 3 means that everyone must do everything the same way, every time.

    "The CMMI is a little like the knobs on a sound engineer's mixing board," says Dalton.  "In fact, the CMMI's mixing board is a lot bigger, with more than three-hundred and fifty knobs in Maturity Level Three, each one of the affecting not only the outcome, but also one another. The potential for tailoring (and results) is staggering!"

    "Just the FAQs" is a monthly CMMI-related series written and edited by Jeff Dalton and Pat O'Toole.  Please contact the authors at jeff@broadswordsolutions.com and pact.otoole@att.net to suggest enhancements to their answers, or to provide an alternative response to the question posed.  New questions are also welcomed.


  • 1 April 2014, 4:40 pm
    CMMI Institute Extends Software Development Framework to Address Security
    Security by Design with CMMI for Development V1.3 is available now

    PITTSBURGH – April 1, 2014 – The CMMI Institute, the leading center for global best practices and organizational benchmarking, announced today it has extended the CMMI for Development framework to address security concerns in software and systems development.  This increased emphasis on security will help developers to protect their work from attack.
    Security attacks against major companies have become regular headlines.  In many cases, hackers are taking advantage of weaknesses resulting from inattention to basic security measures.  An August 2013 study of Ponemon Institute and Security Innovation found that most software development organizations do not consider security in the development process, leaving the end applications and products vulnerable.  While this absence may appear to keep costs down, any savings realized by disregarding security during development is lost many times over when costly updates are required after product releases, or worse, when a breach occurs and requires significant effort to remedy.
    Another Ponemon Institute 2013 research study, sponsored by Symantec, found global security breach costs ranging from $1.1 to $5.4 million per breach.  
    CMMI adoption results in cost savings by increasing speed to market and reducing costs connected to defects and rework.  CMMI for Development is a framework of practices designed to improve quality and reliability in development processes, and many users have included security efforts in CMMI adoptions.  Today's news addresses security in a new way, with a set of practices explicitly designed to include security concerns in CMMI adoption and appraisals.
    With the release of a technical report entitled, Security by Design with CMMI for Development V1.3:  An Application Guide for Improving Processes for Secure Products, the CMMI framework is extended to include guidelines for including security requirements as a quality criteria in the development process.  Specific new process areas include Organizational Preparedness for Secure Development, Security Management in Projects, Security Requirements and Technical Solution, and Security Verification and Validation.  By integrating security into systematic management of the development process, companies will reduce security risks and costs for themselves and their customers.  
    "We understand that security issues concern every level of the technology centered enterprise," said Kirk Botula, CEO, CMMI Institute.  "At the institute, we are actively seeking ways to help CMMI users tailer the frameworks to best meet their organization's business goals.  We are pleased to help organizations to develop operational resiliency against attacks by creating sustainable methods for developing secure products."
    Security by Design with CMMI for Development V1.3, along with a usage guide and a recording of a global webinar, is available for download at www.cmmiinstitute.com/securityextension
    Broadsword Solutions is a proud partner of the CMMI Institute.  Through its work related to CMMI adoption and appraisal, Broadsword helps organizations to build operational resiliency by creating sustainable processes.  The resources announced today will allow Broadsword's clients to achieve new levels of success and security.
    Broadsword is a Process Innovation firm that provides model-based performance improvement solutions for engineering and information technology organizations throughout North America.  Our tools and solutions are customized for each client and are based on Carnegie Mellon University's Capability Maturity Model Integration. Broadsword is a CMMI Institute Partner that provides technologies, tools, training, appraisals, and end-to-end solutions for performance innovation in the automotive, defense, aerospace, and government sectors.
    Broadsword has offices in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and San Diego, and can be reached at www.broadswordsolutions.com.

  • 12 March 2014, 12:42 am
    Expert Targets Skills and Training in "Just the FAQs"
    Pat O'Toole reveals the dimensions of skills and competencies in this month's episode of “Just the FAQs.” In the article, O'Toole differentiates "training" from  fundamental, product, process and supplemental skills.

    “I don’t care if my people have been “trained.” I care that they have the skills and knowledge to perform the work for which I am paying them,” he said. O'Toole is Principal Consultant with Process Assessment, Consulting and Training, LLC (PACT).

    Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword, collaborates with O'Toole on "Just the FAQs." The monthly article series answers questions about the CMMI, SCAMPI and process improvement.

    Please contact the authors at pact.otoole@att.net and jeff@broadswordsolutions.com to ask questions, offer ideas and provide input.