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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
March 13, 2017  
In This Issue
March Chapter Meeting
April Networking Event
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
Thanking our Volunteers!
New Certifications
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March Chapter Meeting this Wednesday!

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

We continue the book swap. Feel free to bring a business book!
Save the Date for the April Networking Event!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

5:30 - 8:00 - Spring Networking Event

More details to follow. 

President's Letter
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


BABOK Section 7.1  
Chapter 7 of the BABOK v3 covers Requirements Analysis and Design. This knowledge area covers "the tasks that business analysts perform to structure and organize requirements discovered during elicitation activities, specify and model requirements and designs, validate and verify information, identify solution options that meet business needs, and estimate the potential value that could be realized for each solution option." It takes the analyst from the initial concept and analysis of the business need through the specific recommended solution. Table 7.0.1 describes how the core concepts are used and applied within the context of Requirements Analysis and Design. This chapter discusses these concepts in its 6 sections:

7.1 Specify and Model Requirements
7.2 Verify Requirements
7.3 Validate Requirements
7.4 Define Requirements Architecture
7.5 Define Design Options
7.6 Analyze Potential Value and Recommend Solution

Section 7.1, Specify and Model Requirements, speaks to the ways in which the BA will analyze, synthesize, and refine the results of the elicitation activities and create models for those requirements. These models may be spreadsheets, diagrams, or other written or pictorial documents and should include metadata (i.e. information about attributes) about the requirements (where applicable).

There is only one input to this task: the elicitation results (whether confirmed or not as this is an iterative process until considered complete).

The sole output is the set of specified and modelled requirements.To get to this output, the BA must verify the requirements (see section 7.2) and validate the requirements (see section 7.3) and to do this, the BA has various guidelines, tools, and techniques at his/her disposal.

Guidelines and Tools
  • Modelling Notations/Standards
  • Modelling Tools
  • Requirements Architecture
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management Tools
  • Solution Scope
  • Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria
  • Business Capability Analysis
  • Business Model Canvas to describe the requirements rationale
  • Business Rules Analysis so that the rules can also be modelled/specified
  • Concept Modelling
  • Data Dictionary
  • Data Flow Diagrams
  • Data Modelling to show how the data will be used
  • Decision Modelling to show the required elements of the decision making process
  • Functional Decomposition to break down the requirements into its constituent parts
  • Glossary
  • Interface Analysis
  • Non-Functional Requirements Analysis for quality of service attributes
  • Organizational Modelling to show roles, responsibilities, and communications
  • Process modelling
  • Prototyping
  • Roles and Permissions Matrix
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Scope Modelling to show the scope boundaries
  • Seq uence Diagram to show the sequence of events in how the processes operate and interact
  • Stakeholder List, Map, or Personas
  • State Modelling
  • Use Cases and Scenarios
  • User Stories
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
Anne Carroll
Sandra Grotewohl
Kathleen Zoller
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 
This month, I would like to recognize Linda Meserve once again as our Volunteer of the Month!
Linda has served as our webmaster so faithfully in the past, and last year stepped up as VP of the Communication Committee. Her involvement in this role, and continuing
thankyou_basket_hdr.jpg to support our web and phone conferencing at our chapter meetings has been simply invaluable. Ha ving the support of people like Linda makes working on the board such a pleasure. Thanks once again for your important contributions the chapter, and always being willing to help!

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
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 - Wednesday, April 26th
May Chapter Meeting
(Wednesday, May 24th) - Dick Cochran will speak on How To Build Trust To Increase Your Effectiveness

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.