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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
October 17, 2016 
In This Issue
November Chapter Meeting
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
Article Headline
New Certification Assessments
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Please join us this Wednesday

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: 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.


Günther Douglas will be sponsoring the food for this meeting too; many thanks to them for this.

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.  
President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
As you have probably saw in our special mailing recently, our past president Kym Byron passed away a couple weeks ago, on October 1st.

This was very sad news to get as Kym lost her battle to cancer.  You may recall that she so graciously agreed to be the speaker at our May 2015 chapter meeting, even after having a full chemo and radiation treatment that very day.  Kym was one of those people who was fully engaged and invested in what she was involved in, and our chapter is
better because of her investments in all of us.
As I mentioned in our September chapter meeting, James Allison has agreed to become our new VP of the Finance Committee, so please join me in thanking James for stepping up and continuing where Felicia Arambula left off!  I would encourage everyone to follow James example and consider getting involved on the board.

We are still looking for a VP of the Communications Committee, which could be you! Our next chapter meeting is on November 16th, so mark your calendar now and keep an eye out for the
email invitation.

See you there!

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

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.
Günther Douglas, Inc. is our Networking Event Sponsor
We would like to thank Günther Douglas, for sponsoring our Fall Chapter Networking Event!

About Günther Douglas: Günther Douglas was founded in 1999 and specializes in contract, contract-to-hire, direct hire and payroll placement services to customers in various industries across the Front Range as well as nationwide. We take pride in providing our clients with the highest quality, best value, and an overall peace of mind, every contract, every placement, every time. As a certified woman-owned business, Günther Douglas has routinely been recognized as one of the top woman-owned businesses nationwide. The exceptional service provided to our clients has driven our sustainability and growth over the past 13 years.  Our talented and experienced team has over 100 years of combined IT Staffing/Placement experience!    
View from the BABOK®
by Sandi Byron
BABOK v3 Overview Continued - Section 5.5

In previous months of this newsletter, we discussed 1) Tracing Requirements and designs backwards and forwards, 2) Maintaining Requirements to ensure they remain valid over time, 3) Prioritizing Requirements to ensure we are addressing the most important needs over the lesser needs, 4) Assess Requirements Changes to ensure that change requests properly fit into the value proposition and how it will impact scope and solution.  
Now we will discuss the fifth and last component of the Requirements Lifecycle Management Knowledge Area: Approve Requirements.

Once the requirements are considered complete (not including change requests), an agreement of the correctness and completeness of the requirements (approval) must be collected from the project team (including key business stakeholders).  This may be a phased approval where the business requirements are completed and approved, followed by the technical requirements, the solution design, and possibly the testing requirements/plan.  It may also be an adaptive approach where the approval of all requirements is done at the same time, for example when construction or implementation of the solution is ready to begin.  This approval may be formal or informal depending on the needs of the business.    
The inputs to this activity are the verified requirements and the solution design (depending on approval phase) and the outputs are the Approved Requirements and the Approved Designs.

There are four elements in this activity: 1) understand stakeholder roles, 2) conflict and issue management, 3) gain consensus, and 4) track and communicate approval.

There are five guidelines and tools: change strategy, governance approach, legal/regulatory information, requirement management tools/repositories, and solution scope.  See the BABOK section 5.5.5 for more details.

Techniques most applicable to this activity are 1) acceptance and evaluation criteria, 2) decision analysis, 3) Item Tracking, 4) Reviews, and 5) workshops.  Chapter 10 of the BABOK discusses these techniques in more detail.

Once requirements and designs have been approved, the team is ready to move forward with the next phase of the project confident that the work to be done meets the needs of the business.
Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
               Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
Sarah Beasley
Amber Clark
Active Member Count: 80
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
This month, I wanted to just recognize Kym Byron one last time for her past investments in the IIBA Denver Chapter, now that she is no longer with us. You can find additional information at the following locations:

Thank You

Thanks so much Kym -
you will be missed!
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)

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: open   

Technology Committee (technology@denver.iiba.org)
AVP: open
Webmaster: Linda Meserve

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