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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
April 17, 2017  
In This Issue
Spring Networking Event
Membership News
Thanking our Volunteers!
March meeting recap
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Spring Networking Event

Spring Networking Event - Please join us!!  Wednesday, April 26:

5:30 - 6:00 - Registration
6:00 - 6:30 - Light Announcements and Chapter Business
6:30 - 8:00 - Networking, Fun!
University of Colorado - Business School    
1475 Lawrence Street, 5th Floor Commons Area 
Denver, CO 80202
  Note this is the 4th week rather than the 3rd Wednesday. 


Join the IIBA Denver Chapter for a Spring networking event! This is a great opportunity to meet fellow business analysis professionals in the front range area and interact on a social basis. 
Who should attend?   Anyone who works in the BA space is welcome: business analysts, system analysts, project managers, quality assurance, process analysts, agilists, enterprise analysts, or anyone who wants to network and learn more about the IIBA. Bring your business cards and join us for a great time. .

Cost: There is no cost to attend. Sandwich buffet with soft drinks provided. Be sure to RSVP so we can order the right amount of food.

Event sponsored by: University of Colorado Denver- Information Systems Association. Thank you CU-Denver ISA!!       
The Information Systems Association is University of Colorado Denver's growing community of Information Systems students that facilitates the engagement in higher education. To set up an a recruitment event with CU-Denver ISA members, please contact:
Nicholas Pauly, President
(719)-602-9422 or Nicholas.Pauly@ucdenver.edu

May Chapter Meeting
Wednesday May 24th:
5:30 - 6:00 - Check in, networking
6:00 - 6:30 - Announcements and Chapter business
6:30 - 7:30 - Presentation
7:30 - 8:00 - Group QA session 
Speaker: Dick Cochran will speak on How To Build Trust To Increase Your Effectiveness

Business Tech Center
8301 East Prentice Avenue, #400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111  
Note this is the 4th week rather than the 3rd Wednesday.



Food & facility sponsor is Progressive.
President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
ECS Team - Sponsor
ECS Team continues as an annual sponsor for 2017. ECS Team,  a national professional services firm, provides seasoned  consultants w ith deep expertise in a wide range of technologies to deliver  innov ative  solutions. We do this while leveraging your existing technology by working side-by-side with your staff. This approach shortens time-to-market, decreases costs and lowers project risks. For more information, please contact:
Chasity Rohl
Senior Staffing Manager
May Food & Facility Sponsor

The Business Tech Center Is Our Business Space Sponsor
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! 
To learn more, click here for a map and pictures of our meeting facility or contact Pam Brockhouse at 303-996-2849 or info@TheBusinessTechCenter.com.
View from the BABOK®
by Barbara Griffith, CCBA  
7.2 Verifying Requirements

BABOK V 3 emphasizes that it is the stakeholders who ultimately determine whether quality has been attained. V 3 also stresses the concept that modelling notation must be used correctly and consistently and also introduces the attribute of being atomic to the list of elements. Atomic means that an element is self-contained and can be understood independently of the requirements. The term concise is also used, although this is somewhat subjective. That requirements and design should also be prioritized and understandable are also new attributes introduced in V 3.
Elements of requirements and design common to V 2 and V 3 include being complete, consistent, feasible, unambiguous, and testable.
For verification activities, there is not so much change between V 2 and V 3. Both versions stress comparing each requirements model against all the others for consistency and to ensure that no elements of one model are missing in another.
Both versions stress using acceptance and evaluation criteria, but V 3 adds item tracking, metrics, reviews and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). V 2 stresses checklists and structured walkthroughs. Both models include all stakeholders as having importance for requirements verification, and both models have verified requirements as their output.
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
Lacey Kaufman
Scott Rist
Kindra Wilcox, CBAP
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)
  • Participate in members-only offers such as volunteer opportunities at BA World
  • Get to wear a snazzy name badge at the meetings
IIBA 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.   
Thanking our Volunteers!
by Monte Malenke 
This month, I would like to recognize Sandi Byron once again as our
Volunteer of the Month! Sandi has stepped back in as the VP of Marketing last year, and has lined up important sponsors that makes such a positive impact on the operation of the chapter. Beyond that, Sandi always has an unlimited supply of ideas and energy to help implement those ideas, which makes such a difference with even the smallest of details at our chapter meetings and elsewhere. She is always ready and willing to help with just about anything and is that special type of person that helps make volunteer organizations like our run. Thanks so much for everything you put into the chapter Sandi - I really appreciate your investments!
March Meeting Recap
by Debbie Rasor  
At our March chapter meeting, Laura Brandenburg spoke on
Business Analysis is Not Just a Job Title: How to Leverage Your Career Experience to Become a Business Analyst.

Get involved! 
by Stephanie Vinton, Volunteer Coordinator
Do you want to support local Business Analysts, the profession, increase visibility to your company, or gain recertification credits? The Denver chapter is looking for help in this manner:

Chapter Meeting Coordinator  
Do you like taking care of logistics? Use your skills to organize the details of our bi-monthly chapter meetings, such as making sure the food is ordered, picked up, and cleaned up for our meetings. And send out meeting notices. This role is not responsible for finding speakers or meeting rooms. If you would like learn more about possibly becoming our next Chapter Meeting Coordinator, please contact Stephanie or Monte.

Certification Study Group Coordinator  
The Denver Chapter is looking for a volunteer to coordinate a new study group for certification. Past study groups have been remote using conference calls and webinar technology. The group participants took turns presenting the subject matter so the volunteer coordinator is not responsible for all the material. IIBA has published exam blueprint information.

Facilitator for Mentorship Program
Are you good at coordinating people? We could use a dedicate resource to help match prospective mentees and mentors. Contact Heidi McLaughlin. 
Denver Chapter Education News
by Heidi McLaughlin, CBAP, PMP, VP Education
Chapter Mentor Program 
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 
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
Upcoming Chapter Meetings / Events
April Networking Event - Wednesday, April 26th
May Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, May 24th) - Dick Cochran will speak on How to Build
Trust To Increase Your Effectiveness
July Chapter Meeting
- Wednesday July 19th - Save the Date! 

See more details in future newsletters.

Newsletter Editor: Debbie Rasor, CBAP ®
Associate Editor: Barbara Griffith, CCBA ®
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Produced by the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
President (president@denver.iiba.org)
Monte Malenke
Finance Committee (finance@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Finance and Treasurer: James Allison 

Education Committee (education@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Education: Heidi McLaughlin, CBAP, PMP
Marketing Committee (marketing@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Marketing: Sandi Byron

Membership Committee (membership@denver.iiba.org)  
VP-Membership Services: Susan Futey, CBAP
Volunteer Coordinator: Stephanie Vinton (volunteercoordinator@denver.iiba.org)

Communications Committee (communications@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Communications: Linda Meserve    

Webmaster ( webmaster@denver.iiba.org)
Edgar Montes

Events Committee (events@denver.iiba.org)  
VP-Events: Phillip Baker 
Meeting Coordinator: open
The International Institute of Business Analysis 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.