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IIBA Informant
News from the Denver Chapter of the IIBA
September 19, 2016 
In This Issue
September Chapter Meeting
Fall Networking Event
President's Letter
View from the BABOK
Membership News
New Certification Assessments
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Please join us this Wednesday

Join us at the September Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 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: Chuck Boudreau
Presentation Title: The COIN: A Simple Way to Produce a Future-State Design Quickly with a High Degree of Clarity and SME Engagement
Chuck helps organizations design and improve processes quickly and collaboratively using agile design methods. A self-described "Millennial in a fifty-something-year-old body", he collaborates with business leaders and subject matter experts to design cross-functional, enterprise-caliber business processes.  

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.  

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. 

Save the date

Join us at the Fall Chapter Networking Event

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016

Time: 5:30 - 8:00  pm
Location: The Crafty Fox Taproom and Pizzeria
3901 Fox Street, Denver CO 80216

Join the Denver Chapter for networking and free pizza!

Event Sponsor:   Günther Douglas, Inc.
President's Letter
by Monte Malenke, President
Did you know that the IIBA has a national conference every year called
Building Business Capability? This year it is happening in Las Vegas October 31 - November 4. IIBA members get special savings so if you have some training money available, consider attending BBC 2016! Click here to learn more.

I would also encourage those of you who have not yet joined the IIBA or the Denver Chapter to consider making that investment into your career. IIBA members have access to the IIBA BABOK, and hundreds of books and other resources on the IIBA website. Plus, you will be supporting the advancement of your business analysis professional field, and local chapter. To join, click here.

If you are a member, then consider taking the next step and getting involved in the Denver Chapter. We are always looking to engage new talent and grow our leadership, plus this type of professional community involvement always looks good on a resume! If you have not registered for the September chapter meeting coming up on the 21st, you will want to follow the links in this newsletter to do that now! Don't forget to invite your co-workers who can attend the first time for free. 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!

Günther Douglas, Inc. excels in bringing technology and people together. Our company was founded on the belief that Denver deserves a local, personalized recruiting firm that focuses on customer service and provides only the best candidates and job opportunities available throughout the country. You enjoy the same caliber of talent as the big firms with exceptional results, deep relationships and better value. 
View from the BABOK®
by Ramkumar V Ramachandran
BABOK Section 5.4: Assess Requirements Changes 

BABOK V3 recommends this task to evaluate the implications of proposed changes to requirements and design. This task is performed as new needs or possible solutions are identified. An assessment would be performed to determine whether a proposed change will increase the value of the solution, and if so, what action should be taken.

The potential effects of the change to solution value and whether the proposed changes introduce conflicts with other requirements or increase the level of risk are to be analyzed. When assessing changes, the business analysts should evaluate if the proposed change aligns with the overall strategy, impacts value delivered to business or stakeholders, impacts the time to deliver or resources required and for changes to the risks, opportunities or constraints associated with the delivery.

To perform the assessment an impact analysis is required in most cases. The benefit from the change, the cost to implement the change, the number of customers or business processes impacted, the impact to existing schedule and the level of urgency in bringing in the change are to be considered. A Business case to justify the proposed change, traceability matrix on existing requirements, decision analysis and risk analysis are a few techniques that could be useful.

When a proposed change is brought in, the impacts to the existing requirements and designs are analyzed. A Requirements Change Assessment or Designs Change Assessment would be created as an output with recommendation to approve, modify or deny the proposed change to requirements or designs.

Membership News
by Susan Futey, CBAP, VP Membership
               Welcome new Denver Chapter members!
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Debbie Wolfe
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, Chapter President
This month I'd like to thank chapter member Ramkumar Ram ac handran.  Thank You
He's been writing 'View from the BABOK' articles for the newsletter since the beginning of the year. Ramkumar's articles are interesting, and he is always willing to step in and write an extra article when needed. Thanks Ramkumar!
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. IIBA has published exam blueprint information.

Two chapter VPs 
Two chapter VP positions are open: VP Finance and VP Communications. These are two year terms starting in July 2016. Contact Stephanie at volunteercoordinator@denver.iiba.org. 
New Certification Assessments
by Debbie Rasor, CBAP
IIBA international has announced the last date to take the existing CCBA/CBAP tests. The last date is Thursday, September 22. The start date for the new CCBA, CBAP, and new level 1 certification tests is Friday, September 30th. You can get information more on the certification cutover here.  Start dates have not been published for the new CBATL (Level 4) tests. 

Level 1 Certification Coming Soon to a Computer Near You! 
IIBA will offer ECBA™ exams via remote online proctoring. This is a first for IIBA, and will allow individuals from around the world to complete their exam online when they want to and where they want to, while being overseen by a third-party individual. Starting on September 30, individuals will be able to apply, pay for and register to write the ECBA™ exam.   
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
September Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, September 21) - Register here
Fall Networking Event
(Thursday, October 13) - Register here.
November Chapter Meeting (Wednesday, November 16) - Topic 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: open

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.