IIBA Denver Chapter
Save the Date for our next Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
5:30 - 6:00 - Check In, Networking
6:00 - 6:15 - Group Q&A Session 
6:15 - 6:45 - Announcements and Chapter Business 
6:45 - 8:00 - Presentation  
Topic: The Analyst Role in an Agile Environment
Aaron Sever is an IT Project Manager for Progressive Insurance who specializes in leading Agile project teams.  He has over 25 years of IT experience and holds PMP, PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Scrum Master, and ITIL v3 Foundation certifications.  Aaron earned his MBA and Master of Science in Management from Colorado Technical University and has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  Aaron is a member of the PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter, currently serving as Director of Insight.  Aaron lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two daughters.  He is an avid runner that enjoys participating in races along the Front Range.
Business Tech Center
8301 East Prentice Avenue, #400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
303-996-2849 (call for directions if needed)
There are two levels of membership: 1) IIBA National and 2) IIBA Denver Chapter with IIBA National. The meeting cost is free for members of the Denver Chapter. The cost is $10 for non-members of the Denver chapter.  First time guests are free.

Starting this month we are using Meet Up to manage registrations. 
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 Phil Baker, President ski-jumper-sm.jpg

State of the Union... IIBA Denver style.
Naturally with the new year, comes much reflection. With a membership base hovering around 80 members strong, the chapter possesses a wealth of business analysis knowledge unrivaled in Denver. The upcoming year will bring forth much growth in terms of numbers... more on that later.   With growth will come change and one of those changes relates to the time, location and frequency of our chapter meetings.
Over the last couple years, we have set up shop in the DTC for all of our chapter meetings, while we certainly plan on continuing to meet at this location, we also would like to accommodate all of the chapters members.
What do these accommodations look like? That's the question for the chapter as a whole to answer. Would a location closer to downtown be a better option? Perhaps a different day and or time? These are the types of questions that we would like all of the members who want to attend, but for whatever reason, have not been able to. Please, let us know through this survey or talk to us about it.
I'm very excited about the upcoming year and the change that it will bring. We have some great guest speakers on tap, several relevant case studies we will delve into and exciting networking opportunities.  In the past, the chapter has provided several outlets for learning and success.  and this year will do just that and more. I think that the membership will appreciate the guest speakers, topics and ideas we have on tap for the year. In the meantime, this resources link provides a list of free BA training online.

Also this month, if you are thinking it is time to give back to the chapter, we have volunteer openings for VP of Education, VP of Events, and study group coordinator. Let me know if you would like more information on these.  And starting this month we will be trialing taking chapter meeting registrations through Meetup instead of through Constant Contact. Let us know how it is working.

I look forward to the year ahead.

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
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by Barbara Griffith, CCBA 

Congratulations to the IIBA newly certified people in Colorado!   
  • James Pyke, Edwards, January 26th
Happy Birthday Denver Chapter! 
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP, Newsletter Editor  

At the January meeting we celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Denver Chapter with cake. Thanks to all who have helped continue the chapter for over a decade!

At the January meeting the topic was on new year's resolutions for BAs. The five key resolutions discussed were:
  • Experiment with a new technique
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Grow your professional awareness
  • Contribute professionally
  • Celebrate your successes
Which professional resolutions have you started on this year?
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership

Welcome new Denver Chapter member!
John Fedorczyk
Victoria McCreery
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)
  • 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 
Thanks to our Volunteers! 
by Phil Baker, President
I would like to thank Heidi McLaughlin for her years of volunteer service to the chapter. We would especially like to recognize her past role as VP of Education for multiple terms in office. Heidi spearheaded the chapter's mentoring program, found chapter speakers, wrote newsletter articles, volunteers_thankyou_hdr.jpg and gave many chapter meeting presentations. Thank you Heidi!
BA articles and training
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP, Certification Application Director

Trying to get into your first BA Role?
Former chapter member Laura Brandenburg of Bridging the Gap has a great article on various jobs that can lead you to a BA role.

Business Analysis in top 50 best jobs
A G lassdoor survey finds Business Analyst job in the top 50 for the first time.  
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