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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
June 16, 2017  
In This Issue
Next Chapter Meeting
President's Letter
Chapter Elections
View from the BABOK
Leadership Skills
May Meeting Recap
Membership News
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July Chapter Meeting - save the date!
Wednesday July 19th:
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: To be announced

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8301 East Prentice Avenue, #400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Book Swap: Don't forget about our ongoing book swap. Do you have any business-related books that you would like to donate? Maybe there is one you would like to read.



President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
Chapter Elections
by Monte Malenke, President
ECS Team - Sponsor
ECS Team continues as an annual sponsor for 2017. 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 info@TheBusinessTechCenter.com.
View from the BABOK®
by Sandi Byron    
Section 7.4 Define Requirements Architecture
In this section of the Requirements Analysis and Design chapter, the BABOK covers the concept that as a group, the requirements must support each other if the objective is to be fully achieved.

The architecture of the requirements represents how the requirements are organized and how the individual specifications and models fit together to form a single cohesive set. The BA might use this architecture to 1) understand which models to create or use for the solution scope and for different audiences and domains; 2) organize the requirements per stakeholder needs, 3) illustrate the interaction between and among requirements and models; 4) ensure that the requirements work together; and 5) make decisions about the trade-offs among requirements given the overall objectives.

The inputs for this task are: the requirements (in any state), the information management approach (from section 3.4), and the solution scope (from section 6.4). The BA will need to be aware of and use any predefined Methodologies and Frameworks used by the organization. Then, the BA may use Architecture Management Software (e.g. modelling software) to manage the complexity and versioning of requirements. The BA may also need to be guided by Legal or Regulatory Information during the creation and review of requirements.

The stakeholders are the domain and implementation SMEs, the PM, the sponsor, testers and any stakeholders who assess the requirement's completeness.

Techniques: Data Modelling, Functional Decomposition, Interviews, Organizational Modelling, Scope Modelling, and Workshops.

The final output of this task is the Requirements Architecture which provides the requirements and the interrelationships among them.
Developing Your Leadership Skills
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
Denver Chapter leadership 
IIBA is very much about making sure BAs are seen as leaders, and in helping create BAs grow personally and professionally. Of course, one way to develop leadership is to become a Chapter officer. This experience is valuable, and often provides a significant learning opportunity that you may not find in your "day job". For sure, it will challenge your influence skills, and hopefully be rewarding to give back to the profession. Consider volunteering with the Denver Chapter and see how you can contribute and grow into a bigger leadership role over time.

Our chapter leadership for 2016-2017 has been James Allison, Phillip Baker, Linda Meserve, Susan Futey, Monte Malenke, Heidi McLaughlin, and Sandi Byron (not pictured).  Thanks to all for volunteering your time and talents for the chapter!
May Meeting Recap
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP 
If you didn't attend our May event, you missed a great presentation.
Dick Cochran and Education VP Heidi McLaughlin 
Dick Cochran spoke on How To Build Trust To Increase Your Effectiveness at the
May event - 28 people attended
. Attendees enjoyed the presentation and gave comments such as:  
  • Dick Cochran was a very engaging and interesting speaker. I will definitely use these techniques at work starting tomorrow. Food was great. Thank you for another great meeting!
  • Excellent presentation. I like the process + especially the questions to ask each type of person. Respect is a good reminder for building trust back up.
  • Excellent presentation. I always enjoy learning different perspectives relating to people skills and interactions.
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership

Active Member Count: 79 

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, Chapter President
For my last volunteer of the month, I must thank Debbie Rasor once thankyou_basket_hdr.jpg again for her never end support of the chapter in her role as the Editor of our newsletter. Debbie has been such an integral part of the chapter for many years and makes such a tangible difference by making sure then newsletter is put together well and gets out on time, along with help from Barbara Griffith.

Our newsletter is one of the most import things we do to communicate with the chapter and we have been fortunate to have you in charge of this with your team. You are special and I appreciate all your investments!
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.

Facilitator for Mentorship Program
Are you good at coordinating people? We could use a dedicate resource to help match prospective mentees and mentors. Contact Heidi McLaughlin. 
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
July Chapter Meeting - Wednesday July 19th.
September Chapter Meeting - Wednesday September 20th.
Fall Networking Event - To be announced.
November Chapter Meeting -Wednesday November 15th. 

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: 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: Phillip Baker 
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.