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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
November 15, 2016 
In This Issue
November Chapter Meeting
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
Thanking our Volunteers!
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Calendar

Join us at the November Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 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: Michelle Kahler, PMP, CBAP, Prosci®
   
Presentation Title: Performing a Quick and Dirty Workload Analysis

Often times it is difficult to understand the current state of a division or office to know if your processes are running efficiently or if you have enough of the right people in place.  Michelle will present a Workload Analysis model developed from lean and analysis concepts that she is using with her current client to help baseline their high level processes and model their workload capacity needs.  By the end of this session, the group will remember the mantra of questions to ask about each task, "How Many?", "How Long?" and "How Right?" that will help them use this tool to improve the efficiency of their own operations.

Biography: Michelle Kahler is an expert practitioner in project management, business analysis, process improvement and change leadership at North Highland, a global management consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta. She is also a career sports enthusiast with a background playing D1 college basketball, pro-women's football and recently a brand new sport for her - Lacrosse! For the past 18 years, Michelle has helped solve complex business problems and expand a variety of capabilities for many public and private sector organizations. She is an active supporter of the PMI and IIBA Denver chapters and meets regularly with colleagues to brainstorm ideas and career development. Michelle very much enjoys developing new relationships and joining forces with friends to achieve business objectives.

Special Event: This month we will be enhancing the networking aspect of the meeting to make up for not having held an October networking event. We will hold a white elephant gift raffle, so bring your white elephants (the more the better) and we'll find them a new home.
 
Location:
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 the webinar coordinator using the in-meeting messaging tool.

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.  
  
President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
As I have mentioned in our last couple of chapter meetings, the IIBA has cartoon_turkey.jpgcome out with new certification levels, beyond just the CCBA and CBAP. The new program creates a new entry level certification, and a new highly experienced thought leader level. These new levels are based on the new version 3.0 of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK). For more information and to sign up to take an exam to achieve a certification level that is right for you, go to:
Check these out and give your career a boost! These new levels are as follows:
 

IIBA is pleased to announce a discount of 50% off of the exam fee for the first 200 to write the exam within each available certification level.

Ou r next chapter meeting is on November 16th, so mark your calendar now and keep and be sure to register for the meeting if you plan to attend so we can plan for food. See you there and Happy Thanksgiving!
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 info@TheBusinessTechCenter.com.
View from the BABOK®
by Barbara Griffith, CCBA
6.1 Analyze Current State

In BABOK V2, Define Business Need (5.1) largely corresponds to
BABOK V3's Analyze Current State (6.1). The inputs are quite similar: for V2 the inputs are Business Goals and Objects plus Requirements [Stated], and for V3 the inputs are Needs and the Elicitation Results (confirmed). The only output in V2  defined for Define Business Need is the Business Need, whereas in V3 Analyze Current State has two outputs, the Current State Description and Business Requirements.
 
BABOK V3 again recommends a much more robust and nuanced analysis of the business need and possible solutions than V2. Special attention is directed to the organization's structure and culture, as well as the technical aspects of the problem to be solved. Business analysts are introduced to the capability-centric view vs. the process-centric view as ways to view the enterprise. The capability-centric view uses existing capabilities to produce a new outcome. The process-centric view looks for ways to improve the performance of current activities. It is strongly recommended that no part of the current state should be considered in isolation, as everything fits together and affects all aspects of the enterprise and its business and stakeholder needs.
 
Furthermore, the list of possible techniques for this task is greatly expanded in V3. New techniques include a Business Model Canvas, Data Mining, Document Analysis, Mind Mapping, Scope Modeling, and analysis of Lessons Learned from prior activities, to name just a few. Another difference in V3 is the inclusion of guidelines and tools such as analyzing Enterprise Limitation, Organizational Strategy, Solution Performance Goals and Measures, and Solution Limitation.
 
These changes represent a broadened focus upon organizational readiness and transition strategies in V3. This requires greater attention to defining future and transition states, justifying the use of the term strategy. Strategy is prescribed as an ongoing process, the most effective way to use the capabilities of the existing enterprise to reach desired objectives.  
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
            
Carrie Alsvary
Kirk Irby
. . . and welcome back to the Denver Chapter
Karl Omodt
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 
This month, I want to recognize Nicole Wilker who has been our thankyou_basket_hdr.jpg Chapter Meeting Coordinator. Nicole has consistently taken care of logistics for our bi-monthly chapter meetings, and making sure the food is ordered and gets to each chapter meeting. Nicole has done a great, dependable job keeping our meeting plans on track. However, Nicole travels for work a lot, and has not been able to make many meetings lately and has decided because of this that she needs to step down. The November chapter meeting will be the last meeting she handle as our Chapter Meeting Coordinator. Please join with me in thanking Nicole for helping make our chapter meetings run so smoothly! 

If you would like learn more about possibly becoming our next Chapter Meeting Coordinator, please contact me at President@denver.iiba.org.
September Meeting Recap
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP, Editor
On September 21st, Chuck Boudreau spoke about his COIN
Monte Malenke thanks Chuck Boudreau  
methodology that he has developed to draw out requirements. The term COIN is for Circle of Interaction, and it is a simple way to produce a high-level process design quickly with a lot of SME engagement because it is easy to draw and understand. At the most basic level, a COIN graphic starts with a circle and all the stakeholders. The process interaction lines are drawn in the order that they occur. While the interactions are determined, short descriptions are added to the graphics.

There were 28 in person and 3 call-in attendees.  

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:

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.

VP of Communications 
The chapter VP Communications position is open. This is a two year term starting in July 2016. Contact Stephanie at volunteercoordinator@denver.iiba.org. 
New Certification Assessments
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
The new certification tests are now available for levels 1-3! You can get information more on the certification and fees here. Start dates have not been published for the new CBATL (Level 4) tests.     
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
November Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, November 16) - Register here
January Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, January 18)  - 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.

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: open   

Webmaster: Linda Meserve ( webmaster@denver.iiba.org)

Events Committee (events@denver.iiba.org)  
VP-Events: open
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.