IIBA Denver Chapter
Join us for the November meeting in South Denver
Topic: Influence Without Authority  
Speaker: Grant Warden, CSM, PMI-ACP, IIBA-AAC

It is our pleasure to welcome Grant as our November speaker.

Grant Warden has had an agile career path and a lot of opportunity to influence without having formal authority. He started as a Financial Planner and National Trainer. Then he took a detour and taught English for 3 years in Germany. After returning to the US, Grant began a second career in the mortgage industry, eventually serving as a Business Analyst documenting business operations and requirements.

In 2015, Grant started pursuing Agile methodologies, finding that that its focus on rapid delivery and maximum value resonated with him. Since then, he has been focused on Agile change management and leadership transformation. Grant serves as a full-time ScrumMaster and Agile Coach and he actively participates in the Denver area Agile communities. He has a passion mentoring and collaborating with others.

You can also find Grant in the wide Colorado outdoors for his other passions - road cycling and bagging Colorado 14ers one at a time.

5:30 - 6:00 - Check In, Networking
6:00 - 6:30 - Introductions and Chapter Business
6:30 - 8:00 - Presentation and Break-out Session
Location: Apex Systems, 3000 E. Mexico Ave, Denver CO
Watch for signs. We will be on the first floor.

Many thanks to Apex Systems for providing our meeting space and refreshments. We appreciate your continuing support for IT professionals and customers in the Denver metro area! See Apex for more information and to connect,

We also plan to share using WebEx and a shared bridge.

Meeting Number: 735 735 845  Password: Nov2019ii3a 

Or use the link below
(Voip only) 

Coming in person? It will be wonderful to see you! Remember that 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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Hello there Colorado BAs!

End-of-year opportunities for you are described below. 

Special Limited-Time Rebate on Exam Fee 
IIBA is enhancing the exam process in January 2020. To celebrate this step in the spirit of continuous improvement, IIBA is extending a 20% exam rebate when you write your exam before December 31, 2019. Are you planning to take an exam for certification soon? If yes, then take advantage of this great savings before the end of the year!

Exam Provider Changes
Starting January 15, 2020 all IIBA certification exams will be delivered through PSI Exams. There is a blackout period for exams (January 1 - 15, 2020) as the organization transitions to this new robust exam provider. See the chapter info page for more details on the exam provider change.

Chapter Board openings
Board of Director positions are available. What strengths can you share with this talented group of analysts along the front-range? 
* Can you bring your organizational skills into planning chapter events?
* Can you bring your communication skills into publicizing the benefits of chapter involvement?
* Can you bring your networking skills into building a cohesive chapter membership?
We have board openings in Communication and Education.

We would love to hear from you! Send your volunteer interest directly to
There will be no meeting in December. 
Thanks to our Sponsor!  
November Meeting Food & Facility Sponsor 

Many thanks to Apex Systems for sponsoring our November meeting.  We appreciate your ongoing support.  
If you would like to learn more about opportunities with Apex, look for details at  
View from the BABOK 
by Julie Ramsey

This month we present BABOK section 10.25, Interviews, and Agile 7.16, Spikes. 

Interviews are used both to gather information and to build relationships within organizations. Spikes are time-boxed efforts to research and understand the amount and types of effort needed to accomplish a given body of work. 

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.
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP-Membership
Hello 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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