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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
December 17, 2016 
In This Issue
January Chapter Meeting
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
Thanking our Volunteers!
November meeting recap
IIBA Research
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Calendar

Join us at the January Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

       
Presentation Title: Requirements Elaboration and Specification Workshop

Over the past year in our chapter meetings, we have learned methods to improve your elicitation, how to cultivate winning relationships, how to influence your sponsors/stakeholders, and how techniques on how to gather requirements quickly. Here's your opportunity to put your learning to the test. This chapter meeting will be a hands-on workshop on requirements elaboration and specification best practices. You will have the opportunity to practice in small groups eliciting and writing requirements from stakeholders. In this workshop, the board members will be the "stakeholders". After the small group sessions, your group will re-join the full group to discuss what your group's requirements are and we'll compare the elicited requirements between the groups. Afterwards the stakeholders will tell us if we missed asking about any requirements.

Sponsor: Günther Douglas is the food sponsor this is event.

Special Event: This month we will be enhancing the networking aspect of the meeting to make up for not having held an October networking event. Please bring an unwanted business book to swap for another business book. Attendees that bring a book will have first choice of the available books. The remaining books will be available for attendees who do not bring a book. Leftover books will be donated to Goodwill.
 
Location:
Business Tech Center
8301 East Prentice Avenue, #400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111  
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.  
  
President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
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It's hard to believe it is almost Christmas, but all the colored lights,
decorations and festivities bring the holiday season to life us as we celebrate the greatest gift of all. As the year comes to a close, it is a chance to not only celebrate, but reflect. I hope it has been a year
of blessing and growth for you, both professionally and personally.

Our chapter has seen several changes as people complete their commitments to the chapter and others begin new ones. With Grant Warden completing his term as the VP of Communications Committee, I'm pleased to announce Linda Meserve as his successor, starting in this new role last month. Linda has been deeply involved in the chapter as our webmaster and web conferencing guru, but is now transitioning to this new position as Edgar Montes steps up to take over as our webmaster. Edgar has already been making important contributions to our website assisting Linda, but now is officially our webmaster. Many thanks to Linda and Edgar!

I w ould also like to thanks ECS Team for being our Platinum sponsor for 2016, which made a tremendous difference for the chapter this past year. If you are looking for work, be sure to visit
www.ecsteam.com and work with Chasity Rohl, the Staff Management Team Lead and Director at ECS Team. Thanks Chasity! Our next chapter meeting is on January 18th, and we have a special evening planned that should be very rewarding and educational to Business Analysts at every level, so mark your calendar now and be sure to register for the meeting if you plan to attend. See you there!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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
303-565-2785 

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.
Food Sponsor
 
We would like to thank Günther Douglas, for sponsoring our food in January.

Günther Douglas, Inc. excels in bringing technology and people together. Our company was founded on the belief that Denver deserves a local, personalized recruiting firm that focuses on customer service and provides only the best candidates and job opportunities available throughout the country. You enjoy the same caliber of talent as the big firms with exceptional results, deep relationships and better value.     
View from the BABOK®
by Sandi Byron, VP Membership
6.2 Define Future State
The Strategy Analysis Knowledge Area has 4 components: Define
Current State, Define Future State, Assess Risks, and Define Change Strategy. Last month's newsletter presented "Define Current State" which is the starting point for any change by understanding why we need it. This month, we will look at BABOK section 6.2 "Define Future State".

In this task, the BA will help the project team "determine the set of necessary conditions to meet the busine
s s need". A change for which a future state analysis is done can be as simple as removing or modifying a component of an existing application, more complicated as in changing a major process, or as complex as revamping the corporate technology infrastructure. The description of the future state can take many forms but should describe the new, removed, and changed components.

The goal is not to come up with a complete and comprehensive description of the desired outcome but rather to:
1) Provide enough information so that others can consider competing strategies for the future state. 2) Provide a clear definition of the results to satisfy the stated business needs.
3) Provide the details of the scope of the solution space.
4) Provide enough details for an assessment of the value of the future state.
5) Enable the key stakeholders to come to a consensus as to the goal
s.

The input to this task is the business requirements which state the problems, opportunities, and/or constraints that the future state should address. And the outputs for this task are a list of the business objectives, the future state description, and the assessment of the
potential value.

The 11 elements related to this task are the business goals and objectives (remember to make them S.M.A.R.T.), the scope of the solution space (defines the kinds of options that will be considered for use in possible solutions), any constraints that may limit options, the organizational structure and company culture, capabilities and processes that may need to be developed or changed, the current technology and infrastructure, the current policies, the existing business architecture, any internal assets, any identified assumptions, and finally, analysis of the potential value of the change(s).

There are many techniques to help with this task which can be found in the BABOK (see section 6.2 on page 117 for the list).

Finally, the stakeholders for this task are the sponsor, the Customer, the domain SME, the end user, the implementation SME, operational support personnel, the project manager, any regulators, suppliers, and testers.

Next month, we will discuss the Assess Risk task.
    
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
James Allison
Toni Baruti
Alissa Johnson
James Okeefe
Angela O'Loughlin
Active Member Count: 86

  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 am recognizing Edgar Montes as the volunteer of the thankyou_basket_hdr.jpg month, for his past contributions to supporting our website, and now for picking up the vitally important role of webmaster. It is so encouraging to see folks like Edgar step up and invest into the chapter so we can all benefit and grow in our profession. Please congratulate Edgar with me in his new role!
November Meeting Recap
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP, Editor
At the November chapter meeting, Michelle Kahler spoke about how to p erform a quick and dirty workload analysis. She told explained how key questions are:  "How Many?", "How Long?" and "How Right?". She presented a demo of a workload analysis tool that looked simple but is a powerful analysis tool. It is used to develop a baseline. Thank you Michelle!! 33 people attended with 1 on the phone.

The white elephant gift exchange and the pumpkin pie were a big hit

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. 
IIBA Research
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
The Denver chapter is pleased to share IIBA international's new research study on the role of business analysis. Key findings are:
  • Macro business and technology trends are impacting the capabilities that organizations will need to generate better business outcomes
  • Organizations are expanding their expectations of their business analysis capabilities  
  • To provide the value-driven insights and outcomes desired, practitioners need to exhibit skill sets beyond those traditionally associated with the discipline
  • To expand its role and reach, the business analysis community needs to do a better job communicating its value to organizational leaders
  • To help accelerate this shift, organizations are looking at different models to drive more value-driven analysis
To learn more about it, y ou can also view a webinar. 
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
January Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, January 18th) - Register here 
March Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, March 15)  - Chapter member Laura Brandenburg will return to speak on Business Analysis is Not Just a Job Title: How to Leverage Your Career Experience to Become a Business Analyst.

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: open
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.