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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
January 15, 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Thank You!
Professional Development
CBAP Study Group
Membership News
Thank You!
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January Chapter Meeting - This Wednesday!

IIBA Chapter January Meeting

Wednesday, January 20:
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: Heidi McLaughlin, Chapter VP Education     
Presentation Title: Ten Ways to Improve Your Requirements Elicitation
Requirement elicitation and collaboration are key responsibilities of the Business Analyst role, yet many BAs go into these activities on auto-pilot or perform them without fully considering aspects which can greatly increase the success of the analysis effort and the project as a whole. Heidi will talk about requirements elicitation and collaboration and ten ways to improve your preparation and execution of these activities.

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

Meeting Call-in Number:
If you can't attend the meeting in person, you can call-in and listen to the meeting announcements and presentation. See the letter to registrants for details.

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
Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season with family and friends. Now that the new year is here and everyone is back to work, we at the IIBA Denver new_years_fireworks.jpg Chapter are back at it also.  

I'm excited to have our own VP of Education, Heidi McLaughlin as our January presenter for our first chapter meeting of the year. Heidi also has lined up speakers for the next couple of meetings, which we are looking forward to announcing as we get closer to those meetings.

If you would like to get involved with the Denver Chapter, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Vinton as VolunteerCoordinator@denver.iiba.org, or me at President@denver.iiba.org.

I look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks on January 20th for our upcoming Chapter meeting!    
ECS Team - Platinum Level Sponsor
ECS Team is a new chapter Platinum Level 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

Bridging the Gap Is an Ongoing Sponsor

Bridging the Gap, a leading provider of virtual business analysis training founded by a long-time chapter member, is a Gold Sponsor for Denver IIBA. Laura Brandenburg, CBAP® is passionate about business analysis and about helping you find your place within it.

Laura is the author of How to Start a Business Analyst Career, Professional Development for Business Analysts, and How to Earn Your CBAP or CCBA in 3 Months.

Bridging the Gap offers business analysis courses to people who want to get started in a business analyst career or make sure they succeed in their current business analyst position. There are also exclusive discounts for those involved with the Chapter - check out the sponsorship page for more information. 

Laura has posted an excellent article with more information on why the CBAP is a great investment toward your Business Analysis career. To view the article, click here.
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, visit our website at TheBusinessTechCenter.com
or contact Pam Brockhouse at 303-996-2849 or
View from the BABOK
by Barbara Griffith, CCBA®
4.1: Prepare for Elicitation

In the BABOK version 3, the "Elicitation" knowledge area is now named "Elicitation and Collaboration." The task 4.1 is Prepare for Elicitation and the output is an "Elicitation Activity Plan."

Recommended techniques common to both  version 2 and v3 include brainstorming, document analysis, estimation, and interviews. In v2, the recommended techniques include Focus Groups, Interface Analysis, Observation, Prototyping, Requirements Workshops, and Survey/Questionnaire which are not on the list in v3 (which is not to say that these techniques have been dropped or are forbidden). The new list for v3 includes some techniques based on recently available technologies including data mining and mind mapping.
There is also a recommendation in v3 for risk analysis and management - not for the project itself, but to identify and mitigate risks to the elicitation process. Various events or factors could either disrupt the elicitation process or affect the quality of results, and the business analyst is advised to foresee and manage any risks to the elicitation process. The business analyst is also encouraged to estimate the time and effort that elicitation will need.
The stakeholders listed for v2 include potentially all stakeholders and the Project Manager. In contrast, v3 specifies the Domain Subject Matter Expert, the Project Manager, and the project Sponsor.
V3 strongly encourages business analysts to plan for stakeholder engagement. v3 focuses on this in a previous task section, and the output of that prior task, the "Stakeholder Engagement Approach", is one of the inputs to task 4.1. v2 also encourages detailed stakeholder analysis (task 2.2 "Conduct Stakeholder Analysis"). In both v2 and  v3, detailed stakeholder analysis is prescribed in order to understand the attitudes, potential contribution, and roles of stakeholders, and also to help ensure that no stakeholders were overlooked.
The outputs for v2 - 3.1 and v3 - 4.1 are quite similar. Both outputs are plans that address the designated participants, the logistics, the resources needed, the selected techniques, and any supporting materials.
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
There are two new CBAPs in Colorado. Congratulations all! Congratulations
  • Lindsay Meets, CBAP, November 2, 2015 
  • Cefton Springer, CBAP, January 9, 2016 
Professional Development
by Grant Warden
Integral to the mission of the Denver IIBA Chapter is professional development. We strive to create multiple opportunities for our members to enhance their skills and knowledge. Those opportunities include our general meetings, mentor program, volunteer program, CBAP Study Group, and a new web site.
We have six general meetings each year, and are committed to  providing quality speakers with presentation topics that provide high value to members. In the last year we've had subjects including story maps, business process modeling, BABOK 3.0, and user experience, all of which delivered topical "hands on" techniques and strategies our members could apply in their workplace.
Our mentor program provides a way for members to connect with each other in a collaborative way to share different experience in order to improve skills, tools, and knowledge. Our volunteer program provides a forum for members to get involved with a committee or other aspect of managing chapter business in order for them to better understand chapter operations, as well as learn more about IIBA to advance their careers.
Throughout the year we sponsor ongoing CBAP Study Group classes at no charge to members. Part of our mission in advancing the profession is to promote the BABOK and certification. On each call we have a CBAP scheduled to participate to help guide the discussion and lend helpful tips related to practical application of the subjects.
Our new web site provides another critical platform for professional development. Not only do we list chapter news and events, but have created a job board for members to find current openings in the area that are specific to our professional skills and experience. We also post presentation materials on our web site so members can review them as necessary to strengthen their understanding of how to apply the material in practical terms.
All of these channels combine to provide a broad and diverse professional development platform for our members.
CBAP Study Group - Winter 2016
by Mary Anne McSweeney
I nterested in studying for the CBAP or CCBA Certification exams while they are still based on BABOK version 2?

We have heard from IIBA international that it will continue to base the CBAP and CCBA exams on BABOK v2 until the 3rd quarter of 2016. As we know, BABOK version 3 is a longer text with new information, so it may be worthwhile to study up and take the exam now!
New Accelerated Schedule: Instead of meeting once a month, we will be meeting twice a month
to prepare for taking the test before it changes to BABOK v3. The group will meet for 6 sessions - two Wednesdays per month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
This is a virtual study group, so there is no need to drive anywhere to meet as we will be connecting via web conferencing. The goal of the study group is to cover the complete BABOK in preparation for taking the CBAP or CCBA exam.
Sessions consist of a review of BABOK content for each session and group discussion to resolve specific questions and insights we have. Attendees will facilitate each of the 6 sessions. Materials are provided by IIBA.
Give yourself, your company and your clients a huge benefit by getting certified! As soon as we have at enough participants ready to meet, we can schedule a new study group.

If you are interested, please send an email to CBAPStudyGroup@denver.iiba.org, including:
  1. Your name
  2. Email
  3. IIBA member number
  4. Indication of whether or not you are an IIBA Denver Chapter member
  5. Phone
  6. Any special areas of desired interest or focus
Note: In order to participate, you must either be a Denver Chapter member, in addition to your IIBA membership, or pay the $25 Study Group fee. The cost to join the Denver Chapter is $25/year.  
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
John Bannister
Shaughnessy Speirs

Active Member Count: 82

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, President
This month I'd like to recognize Jay Galecki who has been an editor Thank You of our newsletter since 2013. He is leaving his position this month to pursue other volunteer opportunities. Jay has been a huge part of making sure the newsletter gets out every month and has written many articles.

I have appreciated his work to get content from the board and others each month, and working with Debbie Rasor to keep the quality and consistency of the newsletter up. Many thanks to you Jay for such tireless and consistent service for the chapter. We will miss working with you each month but are glad you will continue to be part of our chapter - thank you!  
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
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:

Corporate Programs
There is currently an opening for Corporate Programs in the Marketing Committee. If you are interested, contact marketing@denver.iiba.org.  

Meeting Technology Coordinator
We are looking for someone to run the live, call-in access to our chapter meetings. This person coordinates with the meeting presenter and is the point of contact with our web/telephone participants during the meeting. It's helpful if you have a cell phone to use for texting to contact the participants during the meeting and you will need a computer to share the meeting slides. It is helpful if you have PowerPoint as that is what is used by most of our presenters.  Contact Stephanie Vinton at volunteercoordinator@denver.iiba.org.
Upcoming Chapter Meetings

March 16 - Morag Barrett will speak on the topic of Cultivating Winning Relationships.
May 18 - Michelle Kahler will speak on  the topic of How to Influence Your Sponsors for Success.

See more details in future newsletters.

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

If you are interested in advertising BA-related services in the IIBA Informant, please email us at info@denver.iiba.org.

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: Felicia Arambula 

Education Committee (education@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Education: Heidi McLaughlin
Marketing Committee (marketing@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Marketing: Sandi Byron
Director - Corporate Programs: open

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-Communication: Grant Warden  

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

Events Committee (events@denver.iiba.org)  
VP-Events: Gary Weis
Meeting Coordination: 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.