March Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 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
Speaker: Laura Brandenburg, CBAP
Presentation Title: Business Analysis is Not Just a Job Title: How to Leverage Your Career Experience to Become a Business Analyst.
One of the most common questions I receive is "How do I become a business analyst if I'm a ______?" And in the blank goes anything from software engineer to tester to manager to customer service representative.
Each individual's path into business analysis is unique, and depends heavily on their skills and career experience. In this webinar, you'll learn about the core skills to becoming a business analysis, and see how transferrable skills show up in common job functions.
You'll leave prepared to speak more confidently to the business analysis skills you have, based on your past experience in related roles under different job titles. You'll also learn what steps to take to grow your business analysis responsibilities no matter what role you are in or what title you have.
About Laura Brandenburg:
Laura Brandenburg, CBAP, is an internationally-recognized leader known for helping mid-career professionals start business analysis careers. She is the author of How to Start a Business Analyst Career and the founder and CEO of Bridging the Gap, a leading provider of virtual training for business analysts.
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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 who attend the in-person meeting.
by Monte Malenke, President
We received very positive feedback about the requirements elicitation and elaboration workshop we did for the January chapter meeting from everyone who attended, so will probably plan to do at least one workshop style chapter meeting each year. There were also a few suggestions as to how to improve it such as have smaller workshop groups, which we
ll do next time. If you have some ideas for our next workshop, please let anyone on the board know.
I am very pleased to announce that Phillip Baker has stepped up to fill the board position of Events Committee Vice-President! Phillip is moving into the Business Analysis world as a new member of the chapter, and has some experience in event planning and marketing. Please join with me in welcoming Phillip to the board and thanking him for his support of the chapter and our local Business Analysis community!
We still would very much like to fill the role of Chapter Meeting Coordinator. This person primarily needs to just monitor a chapter meeting planning checklist we have created, and touch base with folks having responsibility for different aspects of each meeting. Ordering and getting the food to the meeting is also a primary responsibility, but is quite easy to do now that we have established an order with our current food vendor.
Make 2017 the year you get involved and contact me at President@denver.iiba.org if you would like to learn more.
See you at the next chapter meeting in March!
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by Barbara Griffith, CCBA
6.4 Define Change Strategy
In BABOK V3, 6.4 "Define Change Strategy" unites concepts that were spread over two sections in V2. The defining the change strategy means to develop and study alternatives for implementing change, and then come to a decision about which strategy to follow. Elements of the definition will include the context of the change, possible alternatives, the business justification, how much investment and resources would be needed to implement a particular strategy, who the key stakeholders in the change would be, what the transition states would look like, and what value the enterprise would gain.
Both a current and one or more desired future states would be evaluated. Risk analysis would be very important, not only for the current state (in case the plan for change is questioned as to its need and/or value) but for each desired future scenario.
The inputs for defining the change strategy include the stakeholder engagement approach, the current state description, the future state(s) description, and the results of risk analysis. Both the solution scope and the strategy for implementing the change are outputs of this process.
In V2, the elements of V3 6.4 were spread over two sections, 5 and 7. "Assess Capability Gaps" (5.2), "Determine Solution Approach (5.3), and "Define Solution Scope" (5.4) all fell under Enterprise Analysis. "Assess Organizational Readiness" (7.3) and "Define Transition Requirements" (7.4) were discussed under Solution Assessment and Validation. The new grouping of inputs, outputs and tasks in V3 makes sense, as big changes to an enterprise are often tightly connected and need to be viewed as a whole. Often more than one transition state must be planned for.
Because of the prominence of risk as a concern, the techniques recommended for this activity include SWOT Analysis, Business Cases, Balanced Scorecard, Benchmarking and Market Analysis, Vendor Assessment, and Financial Analysis. Stakeholders are almost everyone: the customer, the domain and implementation subject matter experts, the end user, operational support, the project manager, the regulator, the sponsor, the suppliers and the testers.
This area represents a more holistic approach to enterprise change in V3 vs. V2. The business analyst must strive for a big picture of a large process, and great care must be taken to engage all stakeholders and not to miss anything significant.
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
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!
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
If you have any questions about membership or renewal, please feel free to send an email using the
link on the IIBA Denver Chapter website.
Thanking our Volunteers!
by Monte Malenke
This month, I would like to recognize Susan Futey once again as our Volunteer of the Month! Susan has continued to serve the chapter so faithfully for many years, and as such is an important part of making the chapter work. I
m sure everyone has met Susan as they check into our chapter meetings, making sure her team gets you checked in and that you have your name badge, and know where to go and answer any questions you have. Susan, thanks once again for being such an encouragement and tremendous help to the chapter
job very well done!
January Meeting Recap
by Jay Galecki
In the January meeting, the attendees gathered in smaller groups for a requirements gathering exercise. With one person serving as stakeholder for customer, the rest of the group posed questions about system and project needs for a hypothetical situation. Attendees in the group attempted to form an epic and subsequent requirements based upon conversation with the stakeholder.
After requirements were gathered and an epic was formed, the teams discussed their results and techniques with other teams. Having an opportunity to work with other business analysts allows an opportunity to learn from many others' perspective and experience. Keep an eye out for this exercise on the calendar of other meetings!
by Stephanie Vinton, Volunteer Coordinator
o 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
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.
Call for Speakers
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.
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
- Enterprise Analysis
Upcoming Chapter Meetings/Events
March Chapter Meeting
(Wednesday, March 15th) - 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. Register
April Networking Event - TBD
May Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, May 17th) - TBD
See more details in future newsletters.
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Associate Editor: Barbara Griffith, CCBA
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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.