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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
March 15, 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
President's Letter
New Sponsor
View from the BABOK
CBAP Study Group
Membership News
Thank You!
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March Chapter Meeting - Save the Date

IIBA Chapter March Meeting

Wednesday, March 16

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: Morag Barrett 

Presentation Title: Cultivating Winning Relationships

Morag Barrett is a public speaker and author of "Cultivate the Power of Winning Relationships." She launched her company Skye in 2007, prior to which she was responsible for global leadership and executive development in a US Telecoms company. Since launching SkyeTeam she has had the opportunity to work with clients in a range of industries including Healthcare, Telecoms, Mining, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology. Morag is a contributor to Entrepreneur.com and has been featured in inc.com, business insider, TheStreet.com, American Management Association and is a regular contributor the Association for Training and Development, Society for Human Resources and HR.com among others.

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@ 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 Bryan Lindsay @303.564.3572 or using the in-meeting messaging tool.

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
This month we are excited to have a special speaker for our chapter yellow_spring_daffodil.jpg meeting on Wednesday the 16th, Morag Barrett. She will be speaking on "Cultivating Winning Relationships". Morag brings 25 years of experience in leadership development and managing teams, and a very experienced presenter. Don't miss this!

Our new VP of Marketing, Shaughnessy Speirs, has arranged for General Assembly to be our food sponsor for this month's meeting, so join with me in thanking General Assembly for supporting the chapter!

We will be announcing the date and location for the April networking event in time for the chapter
meeting on the 16th. Be be sure to get the event on your calendar as soon as we announce the details.

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

I look forward to seeing you next month on March 16th at out next 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

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
General Assembly is a New Sponsor
We would like to the thank our new sponsor General Assembly for sponsoring the food for the March meeting. General Assembly (GA) is a global educational company on a mission to empower a global community to pursue work they love. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, GA is confronting a skills gap through best-in-class instruction and providing access to opportunities.

GA works with students online and in person across 15 campuses (including Denver) in 4 continents. GA also works with companies as partners in course development and graduate placement as well as helps companies stay competitive in today's digital landscape. Additionally, GA's focus on affordable and accessible education combined with our education-to-employment approach is helping to create a diverse talent pipeline.

General Assembly is hosting their Introduction to the Denver Startup Community on Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m. This free class is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Denver. Attendees will get the inside scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more. Visit this link to register.  
View from the BABOK®
by Barbara Griffith, CCBA
4.3 Confirm Elicitation Results

BABOK Guide V3's task 4.3 (Confirm Elicitation Results) contains an elaboration of the V2 version (3.4). Again, the focus is wider than in V2. The purpose in V2 is to validate stakeholder stated requirements against the stakeholders' understanding of the problem and the stakeholders' real needs. In V3, the focus is to prevent premature or mistaken commitment of business assets by checking the stated requirements against other available information such as documentation, the stakeholders' knowledge, and against other elicitation results. Variations in the perception of requirements need to be resolved before moving forward.   Modeling is mentioned as a technique that may be helpful in detecting inconsistencies in elicited requirements.

The techniques recommended in V2 include interviews and observation. This is expanded in V3 to add document analysis and workshops. The stakeholders to include in this task include anyone who contributed to elicitation, but V3 also specifically mentions the Domain SME.

The output of this task in V2 were confirmed stated requirements and confirmed stakeholder concerns. For V3 these two categories are collapsed into one: Elicitation Results (confirmed). In V2, the Requirements [Stated and Confirmed] feed into defining the business need (5.1), specifying and modeling the requirements (6.3), prioritizing the requirements (6.1), and defining the transition requirements (7.4). In V3 only two tasks are mentioned as using the output of 4.3, analyzing the current state (6.1) and assessing risks (6.3).
CBAP Study Group Started - 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? The first session started on Wednesday, February 10th.

We have heard from IIBA international that it will continue to base
Develop Your 
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! 
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.
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.

For more information, see the chapter website, https://denver.iiba.org/study-groups  
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
Anna Gengler
Nadine James
Nathan Ripplinger
Julie Viramontes
Active Member Count: 90

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 want to recognize Evelene Kirby as our volunteer of the Thank You month. You have no doubt met Evelene when you check in at our chapter meetings, consistently working the meeting check-in table as a member of the Membership Committee. Evelene is always such a great help and can always be depended on to be there and fill in for Susan Futey or others when needed. Congratulate Evenlene when you check in to the chapter meeting on the 16th - thanks so much Evelene! 
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 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. 
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
March 16 - Morag Barrett will speak on the topic of Cultivating Winning Relationships. Register here.
May 18 - Michelle Kahler will speak on the topic of How to Influence Your Sponsors for Success. Register here.
July 20 - To be announced
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
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: Felicia Arambula 

Education Committee (education@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Education: Heidi McLaughlin
Marketing Committee (marketing@denver.iiba.org)
VP-Marketing: Shaughnessy Speirs

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.