IIBA Denver Chapter
You are invited to the November Chapter Meeting!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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 and Break-out Sessions

Speaker: Grant Warden
Topic: Agile Business Analysis at Multiple Horizons
In constant and rapidly changing environments, organizations are required to sense and respond to local opportunities and problems without the need to involve the whole organization, while also looking forward at emerging threats and opportunities. These planning horizons provide a framework for the shift in focus that occurs when moving between understanding the long-term strategic needs of the organization and the immediate needs of a customer.
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.
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
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Professional associations like IIBA Denver are always part of my work life.  Here are a few reasons why.

Professional Development - A professional group is a great place for my questions and ideas.  My colleagues offer new perspectives that  I may not have considered.  We mentor each other, no matter our experience level, from newbie to seasoned pro.  A local community also provides a place to process together the resources provided by IIBA International.

Giving Back -  I'm grateful for what my profession provides, and I want to give back where I can.  Professional groups (including IIBA Denver) offer a way to do just that. Mentoring, facilitating a group exercise, coordinating study groups, even setting up and checking folks in at the meeting... every bit makes a difference.

Networking - Professional meetings and social gatherings allow me to mingle regularly and stay in contact.  Sure, memos and phone calls are okay.   But there is really no substitute for personal contact when forging relationships.  This can really pay off when you need referrals or recommendations or job leads.  

How about you?  Do you have a favorite story involving a professional group?
Chapter Sponsors
Our sponsor ECSTeam is now CGI. With 68,000 professionals operating in 400 offices in 40 countries, CGI fosters local accountability for client success while bringing global delivery capabilities to clients' front doors. Founded in 1976, CGI applies a disciplined delivery approach that has achieved an industry leading track record of on-time, on-budget projects. Our high-quality business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services help  clients leverage current investments while adopting new technology and business strategies that achieve top and bottom line results. As a demonstration of our commitment, our average client satisfaction score for the past 10 years has measured consistently higher than 9 out of 10.
Chasity Rohl 
Senior Staffing Manager

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   
by Sandi Byron, VP Membership
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, Membership VP

Welcome new chapter Members!
Monica Garlin
Michelle Johnson
Sheryl Lampert

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)
  • Participate in members-only offers such as volunteer opportunities at BA World
  • 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 
September Chapter Meeting 
by Debbie Rasor, Newsletter Editor

At the September chapter meeting, Susan Futey presented an overview of the new BABOK agile extension version 2. After that we voted on a dozen techniques described in the agile extension. The top two chosen were 7.20 - Story Mapping and 7.2 - Behaviour Driven Development. The approximately 25 attendees broke into 4 groups and discussed each of these techniques. Then each group gave a presentation of what we had learned.  We received feedback that attendees like the small group format, the break-out sessions worked well, and it was a very helpful session on agile.
  • Story Mapping provides a visual and physical view of the sequence of activities to be supported by a solution. It uses a two-dimensional grid structure to show sequence and groupings of key aspects of the product on the horizontal dimension, with detail and priority of stories on the vertical dimension. Story Mapping is a decomposition technique which allows for the evolutionary understanding of a solution starting with an end-to-end view and drilling down to the detailed user stories.
  • Behaviour Driven Development uses a customer readable, domain specific language to specify the intended customer behaviour which satisfies the customer need. It increases speed of delivery by developing only what is needed and creates opportunity for user acceptance test automation. BDD is a technique used to make needs clear and is designed to improve communication and understanding across all stakeholders.
Thanks Susan Futey for organizing this highly interactive presentation!
Thanks to our Volunteers! 
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IIBA Denver runs on the support and involvement of our members.  And this month's Volunteer of the Month, Susan Futey, exemplifies that ideal.  You may have met Susan and her team as they greet you at the door each general meeting.  In addition to her duties as VP of Membership, Susan was a main player in organizing our workshop on the Agile Extension for the BABOK in September.  Susan's willingness to take the initiative in organizing the materials set the stage for making the September meeting a success.  She also facilitated the presentation and captured audience feedback after the breakout sessions.  Thank you, Susan, for everything you do!
Denver Chapter Mentor Program 
by Heidi McLaughlin, 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, 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
Newsletter Editor: Debbie Rasor, CBAP
Associate Editor: Barbara Griffith, CCBA
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