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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
August 16, 2016 
In This Issue
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
July Chapter Meeting Recap
Get Involved!
New Certification Assessments
Agile Alliance Collaboration
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Save the date!

Join us at the September chapter meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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: Chuck Boudreau
Presentation Title: The COIN: A Simple Way to Produce a Future-State Design Quickly with a High Degree of Clarity and SME Engagement
Chuck helps organizations design and improve processes quickly and collaboratively using agile design methods. A self-described "Millennial in a fifty-something-year-old body", he collaborates with business leaders and subject matter experts to design cross-functional, enterprise-caliber business processes.  

Business Tech Center
8301 East Prentice Avenue, #400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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.  
President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
It's hard to believe that school is already back in session for the
Monte Malenke 
kids, but I trust everyone has had a great summer and is enjoying what's left with fall just around the corner. Our next chapter meeting is in September with our fall networking event planned for October. We will be sending out the date for the fall networking event soon once we can confirm the location and sponsor.

Do you work with other Business Analysts that have not been involved with the IIBA Denver Chapter? If so, would you consider inviting them to the September chapter meeting? Our chapter offers a lot of value to the Business Analysis community, which we should share with our colleagues for their bene fit, and for the chapter which could benefit from their expertise and knowledge. First time attendance is free, making it easy to try out and get to know our chapter members - and enjoy some free food!

I look forward to seeing you at the September chapter meeting - enjoy the rest of your summer!
ECS Team - Platinum Level Sponsor
ECS Team is a Platinum Level annual sponsor for 2016. 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

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
View from the BABOK®
by Ramkumar V Ramachandran
BABOK Section 5.3: Prioritize Requirements
The purpose of prioritizing requirements is to sequence them in relative order of importance. Requirements and Design in the form of text, diagrams, prototype or matrices could be prioritized.
Prioritization is an ongoing process wherein we might reprioritize a requirement based on additional inputs that becomes available from stakeholders.

Typical factors that influence prioritization are the benefits of a requirement, the penalty of not
implementing the requirement, the cost of implementing the requirement, risk involved in the potential value that is not delivered, inter dependencies between the requirements, time sensitivity of a requirement and the need for regulatory compliance. Requirements are prioritized based on the business constraints, strategic direction, domain knowledge, scope of the solution and relationship between requirements.

To prioritize requirements a backlog could be used to compare the available list of requirements for prioritization. Financial analyses would help provide an estimate on the value of a requirement and how the timing of delivery would affect the value. Stakeholder interviews would help in gaining an insight on their priorities. Risk analysis would help to understand the risks for the basis of prioritization.

The output of this task is a list of prioritized requirement and designs. This enables the implementation of requirements in the desired order of importance.
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome back to the Denver Chapter!
Susan Futey
Janet Bishop
Active Member Count: 87

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.   
July Chapter Meeting Recap
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
At the July Chapter meeting, chapter member Judy Cacco
Judy Cacco
facilitated a very interactive presentation where we discussed topics in small groups then presented our discussions to the large group. Examples of topics were how to get good information from specific important SMEs when they don't show up for meetings and how to implement an agile strategy for your organization. 35 people participated (2 on the phone).  You can find handouts from the meeting here.
Thanking our Volunteers!
by Monte Malene, Chapter President 
T his month I want to recognize Stephanie Vinton as our volunteer Thank You of the month! Stephanie has been our Volunteer Coordinator and has been very proactive in working with the Membership Committee to develop new processes and practices to better define how our committees function and improve those processes. Stephanie always has some great ideas to contribute and a willingness to help make them a reality. If you have any interest in getting involved in the chapter, even for just a single event or project, please contact her at VolunteerCoordinator@denver.iiba.org. Please join with me in thanking Stephanie for her investments into the chapter! 
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:

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. IIBA has published exam blueprint information.

Two chapter VPs 
Two chapter VP positions are open: VP Finance and VP Communications. These are two year terms starting in July 2016. Contact Stephanie at volunteercoordinator@denver.iiba.org. 
New Certification Assessments
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
IIBA international has announced the last date to take the existing CCBA/CBAP tests. The last date is Thursday, September 22. The start date for the new CCBA and CBAP certification tests is Friday, September 30th. You can get information more on the certification cutover here.  Start dates have not been published for the new ECBA (Level 1) and CBATL (Level 4) tests.

Get more information by joining a certification chat on Friday, September 2nd at 10 am MDT. Register here. 
Agile Alliance Collaboration
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
The Denver chapter is pleased to join IIBA in announcing a collaboration with Agile Alliance. The goal of this strategic alliance is to support BA practitioners and their organizations in utilizing Agile approaches. You can get more information here. 
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
September Chapter Meeting - Register here
Autumn Networking Event
- Date/location to be announced
November Chapter Meeting (Nov 16) - Topic to be announced

See more details in future newsletters.

Newsletter Editor: Debbie Rasor, CBAP ®
Associate Editor: Barbara Griffith, CCBA ®
If you have a contribution to make to the IIBA Informant, please email us at editor@denver.iiba.org

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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: open

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: open   

Technology Committee (technology@denver.iiba.org)
AVP: open
Webmaster: Linda Meserve

Events Committee (events@denver.iiba.org)  
VP-Events: Gary Weis
Meeting Coordinator: Nicole Wilker (meetingcoordinator@denver.iiba.org)
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.