IIBA Denver Chapter
You are invited to the January chapter meeting
Date:  Wednesday January 15th
Time: 5:30 to 8:00
Topic: Prescriptive Analytics
Speaker: Alexandra Mannerings, Director of Data and Strategy, Data Prep U
Denver IBM Offices  
4700 S Syracuse Street, Room 533, Denver, CO 80237
Our thanks to IBM for sponsoring us providing this month's meeting space!  
5:30 - 6:00 - Check In, Networking
6:00 - 6:15 - Group Q&A Session
6:15 - 6:30- Announcements and Chapter Business
6:30 - 8:00 - Presentation and Break-out Session
Prescriptive Analytics, the Final Frontier of business analytics, doesn't involve Klingons but rather actionable insight that directly inform business decisions. Many businesses assume that this requires complex computers, complex machine learning models, data scientists and at least one PhD. Alexandra argues that all useful business analytics can--and should--arrive at prescriptive insight. She will explain the analytic journey, showing how everyone , can harness simple and approachable techniques to improve how we understand data-driven decision-making.

Using her BSc in Biology from Emory University and PhD in Veterinary Science from the University of Cambridge, Alex served as director of analytics for the Colorado Hospital Association. Alex passionately believes in empowering the data scientist in each of us. She currently serves as the Director of Data Strategy at Data Prep U, a local start-up that provides education and custom training for companies of all sizes.

When she isn't wrangling data, Alex can often be found with her children at a local construction site and elsewhere, exploring how people build and grow.
Costs: First time guests are welcome without charge, and that IIBA Denver Chapter membership* includes attendance at general meetings. We ask that non-members provide $12 to cover essentials for the evening. Currently we are able to accept cash while we actively investigate other options. See you there! 
*Are you an member in good standing with IIBA International? Are you up to date with local chapter dues? Good for you! And thanks for being an Denver Chapter member! 
Message from the Chapter Board  

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From the IIBA Denver Board
At this time of year, we take time to reflect upon the good things...especially our partnership with you.

We wish you a very Happy Holiday season, and peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming NewYear. Thank you for your continued support of our Chapter.

Looking for ways you can help out in the New Year? Consider whether your company may be able to provide a monetary donation of any amount, or to sponsor the food and/or room for a monthly meeting. We have various levels of bene(ts that sponsors receive for their sponsorship. In addition, IIBA Denver Chapter is always looking for volunteers to help, with tasks ranging from small to large.

We would love to hear from you! Convey your interest directly to

REMINDER:  There will be no meeting in December.   Enjoy your holidays and we'll see you next year!
Thanks to our Sponsor!  
November Meeting Food & Facility Sponsor 

Many thanks to Apex Systems for sponsoring our November meeting.  We appreciate your ongoing support.  
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View from the BABOK 
by Alissa Johnson

This month we present BABOK section 10.26, Item Tracking

Items are used to address stakeholder concerns, such as actions, assumptions, constraints, dependencies, defects, enhancements, and issues. The concern is initially assessed to determine if it is viable, and if so, is classified as a specific item type tracked from the initial recording of the concern and its degree of impact to its agreed-upon closure.

Link:  BABOK 10.26
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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.
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Happy Holidays Denver Chapter members!

Denver Chapter Active Member Count: 39

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 $35/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 = $12 per meeting. IIBA member and a Denver Chapter member (annual membership fee of $35) your cost = free.
Take advantage of this deal today!

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Thank you Alissa!
by Debbie Rasor

Alissa Johnson has been writing BABOK summary articles for our newsletter for a long time. This issue links to her final article. Thank you so much Alissa all your work making BABOK information accessible to our members!  
We are in need of an additional writer for the newsletter. This person would write summary articles for the BABOK quarterly. If you have the interest and time, contact me.
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