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IIBA Denver Chapter
Join us for the August meeting in Boulder this Wednesday!  
Date: Wednesday, August 21 , 2019  Calendar
5:30 - 6:00 - Check In, Networking
6:00 - 6:20 - Announcements and Group Q&A Session
6:20 - 7:50 - Presentation and Break-out Session 
 
Topic: Tips and Tricks for Communicating with Upper Leadership

Speaker: Danielle Rourke, CBAP®

Does communicating with upper leadership cause a lump in your throat? Feel like you are not getting the information you need? Do you feel tongue-tied (or finger-tied with written communication)? Then please join us as Danielle Rourke shares helpful techniques for communicating with upper leadership.

Danielle Rourke has over 10 years of IT and business analysis experience in telecommunications, tax and audit, agricultural and food processing, and higher education. In every organization she serves, Danielle communicates regularly with managers, directors, and CEOs. Danielle is currently the Associate Director of Student and Academic IT Services of the Business Analysis and Solution Architecture group at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.

Location:  
George Reynolds Branch - Boulder Public Library
3595 Table Mesa Drive
Boulder, CO 80305

Cost:

IIBA Denver Chapter members and first time guests: free
Non-members: $12 at the door (cash suggested)

Please note that there are two types of membership.
1) IIBA International membership
2) IIBA Denver Chapter membership ( IIBA International membership also required.) We are using Meetup to manage registrations. You will need to register with Meetup if you haven't already.

SAVE THE DATE FOR SEPTEMBER
  
Message from the Chapter Board  
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I want to send a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful Volunteer Denver Chapter Officers for continuing to serve the IIBA - Denver Chapter. Your time and effort are GREATLY appreciated!!
So, have you been wondering about how YOU might also be able to help out??
There are multiple opportunities and levels of commitment that can be adapted to fit into your schedule (check out this link for more ideas):

  1. Come early to meetings to help set up, or stay late to help clean up.
  2. Suggest a topic, present a topic, or line up a speaker for a Chapter meeting.
  3. Head up a CBAP or AAC Study Group. Link
  4. Approach your company about sponsorship. There are various levels to choose from, including single or recurring in-kind (meeting event contributions) or financial sponsorship plans. Check out this link for more details.
  5. Build skills, showcase strengths, and give back by signing up to be a Denver Chapter Officer - we have current openings in Communications, Education & Events.
Volunteers make our chapter strong, and is a great way to get involved with our Chapter and build solid working relationships with other local business analysts. You can email us at  info@denver.iiba.org   with questions and ideas about volunteering. Some positions do not require IIBA Denver Chapter membership.
 
Also if you are planning to get certified, see Felicia's article at the bottom of this newsletter. She has many great tips. 
Sponsorship  Opportunity 
 
by Alissa Johnson, VP Marketing

If your company is interested in sponsoring a chapter meeting and being recognized  by our chapter, please contact the VP of Marketing . Your company will be recognized in the newsletter, on our chapter website, and at the meeting.
View from the BABOK 
By Julie Ramsey

This month we have two techniques explained and expanded - section 10.22 - Functional Decomposition from the BABOK® version 3 and 7.13 - Relative Estimation from the Agile extension to the BABOK v2.  
 
Membership
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership   

Welcome new Denver Chapter member!

Danielle Rourke
 
Denver Chapter A ctive Member Count: 48
 
Not a member yet but interested in joining?
It's a great way to network, share business analysis knowledge and experience, and learn about new techniques and processes. Best of all, membership is just $25/year! Join now!
 
Benefits of being a local chapter member:
    • Attend chapter meetings free
    • Participate in Denver Chapter elections (as candidates or as voters)
    • Get to wear a snazzy name badge at the meetings
IIBA member, but
not a Denver Chapter member, your cost = $10 per meeting. IIBA member
and a Denver Chapter member (annual membership fee of $25) your cost =
free.
Take advantage of this deal today!
 
You do have to be a member of the IIBA International Organization in order to join the IIBA Denver Chapter. Join IIBA through their website at www.iiba.org .

Did you know your IIBA Membership benefits   include a Digital Library ?  
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CBAP - This is your year! 
by Felicia Arambula, CBAP 
   
So, you decided you want your CBAP and think you may qualify. Your next thought may be "Ugh, how do I get all my hours together and get all my studying done?" I had the same thought. I couldn't get myself to sit down and get the party started. The whole process was so daunting to me. How does one put this all together and pass the test and keep up with a job and take care of a home life?
 
It's a lot of work, but you can do it! You're a BA. You are a master at organization and figuring out the best way to tackle complex tasks at hand. I have full confidence in you and you should too.
 
After the blood, sweat, and tears I shed during my journey, these are the lessons I learned.   
 
IIBA®, BABOK®, CBAP®, CCBA®, ECBATM, ECBA+TM, are registered trademarks of the International Institute of Business Analysis. Link 
Newsletter Editor: Barbara Griffith
Associate Editor: Debbie Rasor, CBAP, CSPO
  
If you have a contribution to make to the IIBA Informant, please email us at editor@denver.iiba.org

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Produced by the Denver Chapter of the IIBA  
IIBA is a non-profit organization for Business Analyst professionals.  The goal of the local Denver Chapter is to support IIBA by (1) advancing the role of the Business Analyst as a recognized profession, (2) support opportunities for members to network with, and gain knowledge from, seasoned BA practitioners as well as industry and government leaders, (3) provide access for members to a formal "knowledge base" as well as forums for sharing expertise, expressing professional opinions and building a reputation within the industry, (4) provide pathways to learn about business analysis best practices, and (5) obtain and sustain a level of financial security, sustainability, and autonomy at the local level.
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