IIBA Denver Chapter
Message from the Chapter Board
by Susan Futey, CBAP, ECBA, VP Membership
As we prepare for the holiday season and look back on 2017, I want todecorated_wreath.jpg recap the fall events and highlight how you, the chapter members, have helped these events succeed.

We asked you for feedback via comment cards at the end of each chapter event. Thanks for providing valuable and actionable feedback. We asked, "What is the primary reason you attended today's event?" Your top two answers were "Presentation Topic" and "Conversation with other attendees".

We hear you!

Presentation Topic

Analysis in an Agile Environment has been a hot topic lately and we plan to have future topics with that theme. If you were not able to attend our recent events, you can read up on the presentation topics in the Agile Extension to the BABOK Guide v2 found on

Agile Techniques, specifically Story Mapping and Behaviour Driven Development were reviewed and discussed in several small group breakout sessions at the September Event. Agile Business Analysis at Multiple Planning Horizons was the November Event topic and the small groups learned how to apply the agile principles during strategic, initiative, and delivery planning. See more about these Events on the chapter website.

Conversation with other attendees
Food is available at events beginning at 5:30 pm providing time to network and have conversations with peers over a light meal. The event agenda always includes a Group Q&A session before the main topic allowing us to learn from each other given our different experiences. The enthusiastic conversations during these fall events were highlights of each session.

Join the fun
Consider getting more involved with the chapter for continuing success. The following openings are ready for an engaging volunteer . . . will that be you?
  • Meeting Coordinator
  • Study Session Coordinator
  • VP Events
We need you!
Chapter Sponsors
Our sponsor ECSTeam is now CGI. With 68,000 professionals operating in 400 offices in 40 countries, CGI fosters local accountability for client success while bringing global delivery capabilities to clients' front doors. Founded in 1976, CGI applies a disciplined delivery approach that has achieved an industry leading track record of on-time, on-budget projects. Our high-quality business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services help clients leverage current investments while adopting new technology and business strategies that achieve top and bottom line results. As a demonstration of our commitment, our average client satisfaction score for the past 10 years has measured consistently higher than 9 out of 10.
Chasity Rohl  
Senior Staffing Manager

The Business Tech Center 
We would like to the thank the Business Tech Center for their involvement with the IIBA Denver Chapter. The BTC currently has an exclusive offer for IIBA members - get 15% off the rental rate! 

Or, contact Pam Brockhouse at 303-996-2849 or
View from the BABOK   
by Sandi Byron, CCBA
by Barbara Griffith, CCBA 

Congratulations to the IIBA newly certified people in Colorado!   
  • Stacy Kish, ECBA, Englewood, November 15th
  • Lindsay Erickson, CCBA, Englewood, November 21st
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership

Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
Richard Kapalko

Denver Chapter Active Member Count: 78
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)
  • Participate in members-only offers such as volunteer opportunities at BA World
  • Get to wear a snazzy name badge at the meetings
I IBA 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  IIBA Membership benefits   include:
If you have any questions about membership or renewal, please feel free to send an email using the Contact Us link on the IIBA Denver Chapter website 
November Meeting Recap
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP, Newsletter Editor

At the November chapter meeting, Grant Warden continued our
series on Agile. We learned about agile planning horizons from the BABOK Agile extension v2. A planning horizon represents a view of work within an organization with a level of granularity appropriate to the planning time frame and the nature of the feedback loops. The  Agile Extension defines three horizons: Strategy, Initiative, and Delivery. After a brief lecture, we split into three groups. Each group discussed one of the planning horizons then presented how the team members could use the horizon in their own work.
Thanks to our Volunteers! 
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership

This month, I would like to recognize the team of volunteers thankyou_basket_hdr.jpgon the Chapter Membership Committee: Alan Cavin, CBAP; Evelene Kirby, and Peter Hanson, PMI-PBA.  These three individuals have volunteered their time and effort to coordinate the registration process at the start of each chapter event. Next time you see Alan or Evey or Pete at the registration table, be sure to say hello and thank them for their service!
Denver Chapter Mentor Program 
by Heidi McLaughlin, CBAP, VP Education

The Denver IIBA Chapter is dedicated to providing members with various resources to enhance their knowledge and expertise. One resource is our mentor program, which allows individual members to partner with each other with the goal of sharing ideas on strategies, techniques, issues, or anything else that influences their roles as Business Analysts. 

We can each benefit from collaboration and sharing with other members. If you would like more information on how to participate, please contact Heidi for more details. 
Call for Speakers 
by Heidi McLaughlin, CBAP, VP Education

We are looking for speakers to speak at our chapter meetings on topics relevant to business analysts. If you have an interest in being a speaker, being part of a panel of speakers, or if you know someone who would make a great speaker, please contact Heidi for more details. Some topics that have been suggested are listed below, but of course our interests are not limited to this list.
  • BABOK Review
  • Agile Extension to the BABOK
  • Process Mapping
  • BA Diagramming & Modeling
  • Elicitation 
  • Enterprise Analysis
Newsletter Editor: Debbie Rasor, CBAP
Associate Editor: Barbara Griffith, CCBA
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