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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
July 15, 2016 
In This Issue
July Chapter Meeting
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
Volunteer of the Month
New Certification Assessments
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July Chapter Meeting is this Wednesday!
Calendar

Join us at the July chapter meeting

Wednesday, July 20, 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: Judy Cacco
  
Presentation Title
To the BABOK and Beyond! - Situational Adventures of BAs
 
Biography: Dr Judy Cacco logs over 14 years as a Business Systems Analyst, and as a result, leverages her  experiences to share the BABOK® techniques as well as present some of the "personal challenges"  that BAs encounter from time to time.   She is currently the Principal Mediator for the Pathfinder Mediation Group, negotiating vendor contracts, mediating contract issues, and setting up Service-Level Agreements. Judy has been a member of IIBA for 12 years, a member of our Denver Chapter since the first year, and has served as chapter VP-Education and Chapter President.

Topic:  This presentation will cover an overview of BABOK techniques and extend to several scenarios where BAs encounter issues not addressed in the BABOK. Judy will present some of the interpersonal scenarios we encounter as BAs and provide tips on how to deal with these issues.

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.

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 @ 712-432-1212 with ID 642-869-993. Connect to this meeting at this link. If you have problems during the meeting and need help, contact the webinar coordinator using the in-meeting messaging tool. 
  
President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
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I hope everyone is having a great summer enjoying the outdoors and warm evenings! I look forward to seeing everyone at the July chapter meeting as we welcome our past president Judy Cacco as our speaker. Judy brings a lot of energy and experience so you won't want to miss her presentation and a chance to catch up with your colleagues, and do some networking.

We are planning our fall networking event for October.  This free event is a great way to get to know other Business Analysts in the community and network.  Stay tuned for a date!

If you have been thinking about how you can invest into your career and the Front Range Business Analysis community, we would love to have you get involved in helping lead the IIBA Denver Chapter. A great way to get involved would be as our next VP of Finance. This position requires a minimal amount of time investment and should be an easy transition to maintain what Felicia Arambula has up and running. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Vinton at VolunteerCoordinator@denver.iiba.org, or me at President@denver.iiba.org
if you are interested.

I look forward to seeing you at the July chapter meeting -- enjoy 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
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
View from the BABOK®
by Sandi Byron
BABOK Section 5.2: Maintain Requirements
Requirements that represent ongoing needs must remain valid over time.

There are 3 main purposes to the Maintain Requirements section of the BABOK. First is to retain requirement accuracy and consistency during the project life cycle. Second is to continue that accuracy. Lastly, it is to support reuse of requireme nts in other solutions.
 
Requirements should be consistently represented, reviewed and approved for maintenance using a standard process, and easily accessible throughout their life cycle.
 
The standard maintenance process should define how requirements are named and defined, indicate proper access rights, and ensure quality. An Information Management Approach will indicate how requirements will be managed for reuse. Requirements that are written without direct ties to a particular tool or organizational structure tend to be more reusable and less likely to be revised during a change.

There are two inputs to Maintain Requirements section: the requirements themselves and the designs which when maintained become the outputs. 

The maintained requirements must be easily available to stakeholders. The stakeholders are: domain subject matter experts, implementation subject matter experts, operational support, regulators, and testers.

The BABOK lists 8 techniques used for Maintain Requirements: Business Rules Analysis, Data Flow Diagrams, Data Modeling, Document Analysis, Functional Decomposition, Process Modelling, Use Cases and Scenarios, and User Stories. 
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
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Happy Summer to all of our 88 Denver Chapter members!

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.   
Volunteer of the Month
by Monte Malenke
This month I want to recognize Barbara Griffith as our volunteer of the Thank Youmonth! Barbara joined the Communication Committee several months ago to help Debbie Rasor, our Newsletter Editor. Barbara has been a consistent, great help here and is part of a very important function in the chapter to keep our newsletter communications going out in a high quality manner.
 
Please join with me in giving Barbara a big thank-you! You can send note thanking her at Editor@denver.iiba.org or to offer a helping hand with an article idea. We appreciate you Barbara! as our volunteer of the month!
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:

Marketing Committee Rep 
The Marketing committee is seeking one volunteer to expand our efforts to market toward new members. This role would work closely with other IIBA committees (membership, communications) to plan and execute strategies to attract new members, such as membership drives or social media campaigns. Please email marketing@denver.iiba.org if you are interested.

Two chapter VPs 
Two chapter VP positions are open: VP Finance and VP Communications. These are two year terms starting in July 2016. Contact 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 has been announced. The last date is Thursday, September 22. The start date for the new Level 2/Level 3 certification tests is Friday, September 30th. You can get information more on the certification cutover 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
July 20 - Judy Cacco will speak on the topic To the BABOK and Beyond! -Situational Adventures of BAs.
September 21 - To be announced
November 16 - To be announced

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: 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.