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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
May 15, 2017  
In This Issue
Next Chapter Meeting
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
Thanking our Volunteers!
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May Chapter Meeting - please join us!
Wednesday May 24th:
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: Dick Cochran will speak on How To Build Trust To Increase Your Effectiveness

Business Tech Center
8301 East Prentice Avenue, #400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111  
Note this is the 4th week rather than the 3rd Wednesday.



Food & facility sponsor is Progressive.
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
May Food & Facility Sponsor

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 Ramkumar V Ramachandran   
7.3 Validate Requirements

The third task in the knowledge area of Requirement Analysis and Design definition is Validate Requirements. The purpose of the task is to ensure that all requirements and design align to the business requirements and support the delivery of needed value.

Ensuring the requirements align with the business needs and the design satisfies the requirements is an ongoing process. Any differences or conflicting needs from stakeholders could be identified in this task. The input to the task are the specified and modeled requirements and designs. Validation and verification of requirements can happen parallelly. Validation can be initiated before the requirements are verified but cannot complete until the requirements are completely verified.

To validate requirements and design, the assumptions being made are to be identified unambiguously. This enables the effective management of risks associated with these assumptions. Further the evaluation criteria to validate the successful implementation of the solution is to be defined. A baseline estimate can be established based on the current state and the target metrics can be defined to measure achievement of business objectives. While validating a requirement it can be identified as something that is beneficial to the stakeholders but not a desirable part of the solution. In such cases, the future state should be re-evaluated and the solution scope should be changed or the requirement removed from the solution scope.

BABOK v3 suggests that we use business objectives, future state description, potential value and solution scope as the guideline or tool to validate requirements. Acceptance and evaluation criteria can be used as the quality metrics that must be met to achieve acceptance by stakeholders. Any previously documented business needs can be used in this task to validate requirements. A financial analysis can be conducted to define the financial benefits associated with the requirements. A review with the stakeholders would help confirm that their needs are met. KPIs can be defined to measure the performance of the solution meets the requirement. Risk analysis and Item tracking are other techniques that are suggested to foresee and address any problems or issues impacting the benefits delivered by the requirement.

The output of the task is validated requirements and designs that can be proven to provide benefit to stakeholders and align with the business goals and objectives.
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter member!
Melissa Williams

Active Member Count: 83

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 
Heidi McLaughlin is our volunteer of the month, who I would like
to thank for the great speakers and chapter meeting presentations she has organized for quite a while now as our VP of the Education committee. We continue to get great feedback about our chapter meeting speakers, which is due to Heidi's continuing search for interesting, educational, and fun speakers. Thanks so much for all the work you have put into the chapter - you have made a real difference - we appreciate you!
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
May Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, May 24th) - Dick Cochran will speak on How to Build
Trust To Increase Your Effectiveness
July Chapter Meeting
- Wednesday July 19th - Save the Date! 

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: 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.