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IIBA Denver Chapter
Join us THIS week Wednesday!
Wednesday, January 17, 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: Five New Years' Resolutions for Every BA 
 
Join your colleagues at the January chapter meeting with "a new year" theme. We'll discuss 5 new years' resolutions every BA should have on their radar to start the year out right.

Also we'll have a group discussion of education topics that BA's should familiarize themselves with.
 
Location: 
Business Tech Center
8301 East Prentice Avenue, #400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
303-996-2849 (call for directions if needed)
 
Cost
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.
  
    
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 James Allison, VP Finance

It's a New Year and with 2018 comes new opportunities and IIBA snowman_snowy_dec.jpg is here to help you get those professional resolutions off to a good start.  For the last 11 years, the Denver chapter has been helping Business Analysts advance in their careers. Come celebrate our 11th anniversary with us at our meeting this Wednesday.

What benefits and opportunities does the Denver IIBA Chapter and IIBA offer and how can we help you to meet those New Year's resolutions?
1) Professional Development: IIBA supports Business Analysts at all levels with professional development.  Whether you're just out of school, a seasoned professional, somewhere in between or thinking about a career change as a Business Analyst - we offer activities that promote your professional development such as:
a. Our bi-monthly meetings where we present different topics of interest relevant to Business Analysts and provide opportunities to network with other professionals and recruiters.  Our members have indicated their interest in Agile topics and we have been listening.
b. During our meetings we have open Q&A time slots for analysts to question our peers.
c. Attending IIBA Denver Chapter meetings earns 1.5 hours of CDUs (Continuing Development Units) credits.  Perfect for those needing to maintain their existing certifications and/or are seeking new certifications as business analysts or project managers.
d. Other professionals interested in certification to study with.
e. Opportunities to serve with other Business Analysts on the IIBA Denver Board and committee. Serving on the board is a great way to hone in on your Business Analyst skills, to deepen relationships with other BA's, and to help out your fellow professionals.  We are currently looking for volunteers to help out
i. Volunteer Coordinator
ii. Certification Study Group Director 
iii.  Vice President of Events
iv.  Meeting Coordinator
2)  What to expect at a chapter meeting:
a.  Job search and candidate search:

i.  We set aside time at each meeting for our members, recruiters and guests to seek or announce new job opportunities. 

ii. Twice a year we have a specific meeting for networking to bring together BA's, job seekers and recruiters in an informal environment.
b.  Guests attend their first meeting for free.  After that it's $10 a meeting or free if you become a member.
 i.  If you haven't attended one of our meetings we hope that you'll take us up on our offer this year to come to one of our meetings for free.
c.  Recruiters are welcome at our meetings; you can meet several candidates looking for work at our meetings throughout the year.  Recruiters can become sponsors and gain more access to IIBA's resources and talent pool, including advertisement and more.
d.  Food, fellowship and soft drinks at every meeting. That's some of the resources that we offer.  Come to our meetings; see our newsletters and website at https://denver.iiba.org for the many other resources that we offer.
Our Sponsor
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   
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by Barbara Griffith, CCBA
 
Congratulations!
by Barbara Griffith, CCBA 

Congratulations to the IIBA newly certified people in Colorado!   
  • Eric Howell, CBAP,  Broomfield, December 15th
  • Barbara Waters, CBAP, Edwards, December 18th
  • Venkata Mujje, CBAP, Denver, December 30th
IIBA Core Standard 
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP, Newsletter Editor 

The Denver chapter is happy to share news from the international chapter about standards.

Discover how you can leverage business analysis best practices to de liver ongoing value for your organization. Learn how you can achieve better business outcomes at the strategic, tactical and operational level. This publication summarizes the foundational concepts of business analysis found in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). Link to it here.  (You may need to be a member to link to it for free.)  
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership

Welcome new Denver Chapter member!
Kyle Lumpkin
Denver Chapter Active Member Count: 80
 
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 www.iiba.org.  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 
BA articles and training
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP, Certification Application Director

BA Blueprint Training
Former chapter member Laura Brandenburg of Bridging the Gap is offering free access to her webinar. The 3-part Business Analyst Blueprint training gives you the foundation to succeed as a business analyst, allowing you to identify the skills you need to stand out and thrive, how to properly identify opportunities for growth, and a blueprint to put it together. It is only free for a short time. Link to it here.

Trends in BA and PM
Learn about trends in business analysis and project management by internationallly-known speaker Elizabeth Larsen. Link to it here.
Thanks to our Volunteers! 
by James Allison, VP Finance

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This month I'd like to recognize Debbie Rasor our Newsletter Editor and Certification Application Director for her efforts in the IIBA Denver Chapter.  Every month Debbie works hard to put together the Denver chapter's newsletter.  A task that requires lots of communication with IIBA Denver board members and volunteers.  She puts hours of effort into getting everyone on the same page and she helps keep our group unified and on track so that we can serve our members.
 
In addition, she always brings energy and great insight into each of our meetings. Help me applaud her efforts and thank her in person at our next IIBA meeting this Wednesday or at a future meeting.
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
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Newsletter Editor: Debbie Rasor, CBAP
Associate Editor: Barbara Griffith, CCBA
  
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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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