IIBA Denver Chapter
January chapter meeting 
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • 5:30 - 6:00 - Check In, Networking Calendar
  • 6:00 - 6:15 - Group Q&A Session
  • 6:15 - 6:45 - Announcements and Chapter Business
  • 6:45 - 8:00 - Presentation
Topic: Start the New Year off right with IIBA

Speaker: Group Discussion

APEX Systems
3900 East Mexico Ave
1st floor
Denver, CO 80210

Cost :

The meeting cost is free for members of the Denver Chapter and members must first be IIBA International members and must pay local chapter dues. Meeting cost for non-members is $10. 

We are using Meetup to manage registrations. You may need to register with Meetup if you haven't already.
Group Q&A:
Before the main presentation, please plan to be a part of our group Q&A session. During this 15 minute session, we'll open the meeting for any Business Analysis questions, or questions related to the evening's topic. This is your chance to leverage the massive collective experience of the chapter to address questions or problems you are facing as a BA and would like to get the groups input. You may also be the one with just the right piece of information or advice for a question raised to the group.
Message from the Chapter Board  
By Susan Futey, VP Membership

December is here, a time when many of us look back on the year and decorated_wreath.jpg evaluate our accomplishments. Do you dread this evaluation activity? Why do we do it? We do it so we may continue good work as BAs, recognize where we have opportunities, and plan to improve our skills. Think of it as a head start on the new year.
IIBA members
You have a learning resource available to you on the international website,, the 'Self-Assessment Tool'. This tool will help you understand your level of competency relative to standard levels of performance.
Where to find the tool?
After logging in to the site, select the 'Learning & Development" tab. Under 'Business Analysis Resources' you will find a link to 'Business Analysis Competency Model'. Scroll down the page until you see 'Self-Assessment Tool'. From this page, you may download a PDF of the tool or take the assessment online.
What does the tool ask me?
You are asked to score yourself on 30 questions based on the 6 knowledge areas in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) version 3. Your answers to these questions will provide you with a rating of your competencies that you perform in your daily practice of business analysis.
Keeping score
Each question is scored on a 5-point proficiency scale. The online experience calculates and displays your score after each Knowledge Area assessment section. Record your ratings in the supplied worksheet.
I completed the assessment, now what?
Once you complete the self-assessment, you will be guided through the process of creating and implementing your career action plan. IIBA suggests that you gain feedback on your plan, and have the support of your Mentor or Manager, before acting on any steps in your plan.
What actions can I take to meet my goals?
Read next month's Denver Chapter newsletter for more information about the self-assessment tool. Here is a sneak preview of a few suggested actions:
  • Attend professional development webinars.
  • Join a professional chapter network visit for more information.
  • Get mentored.
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.
Meeting Sponsors
Thank you APEX Systems for providing the meeting space and refreshments for the January meeting! Apex provides staffing solutions for a full range of IT services; from large, multi-location call centers to a specialized Front End Developer to change the face of your website. We have placed over 12,000 technical professionals in support of over 400 clients in the business services industry since 2010. Our flexible skill-focused recruiting model provides both national support for high volume requirements and customized support for small scale, niche requirements. Our consulting services provide further value with a range of options such as workforce management and support service center planning.
Thank you TechSystems for providing the meeting space and refreshments for the December meeting in Westminster!
View from the BABOK 
This month we have three techniques explained and expanded by Grant Warden. Thank you Grant!
The techniques for this month are: 10.13 - Data Flow Diagram and 10.14 Data Mining and Agile Technique 7.7 - Personas. 
Membership News  
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership 

Season's Greetings to our Denver Chapter members! 
Denver Chapter Active Member Count: 63
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 .  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

Many thanks to those who joined us in the DTC in November. Judy Cacco spoke on business analysis essentials for problem projects. The presentation lead to a lively discussion.
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