June 2017  

Upcoming Events

Speed presentations by our members



June 08, 2017
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Sun Life Learning Center, Wellesley MA
112 Worcester St, Bldg. 4 (Learning Center)
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

IIBA - GBC Speaker Series - June, 08 2017

Meeting will be hosted at Wellesley and Worcester 

After positive feedback from last year's June meeting, we’re planning the same event this year too. It’ll be a fun session where you can choose to make a speed presentation on a topic of your choice.

There is only one rule to be followed - keep your presentation under 10 minutes

You can alternatively follow the PechaKuchaTM format designed to foster creative and fun presentations and has only two rules. You can have a maximum of 20 slides, and you can spend a maximum of 20 seconds per slide. That means a maximum time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. You can anything you want on your slides, including nothing (if you’re into the Zen thing). You can read more about PechaKuchaTM at

If you’d like to be a speaker please use the sign-up form below or send us an email at In your submission, please tell us what topic you’d like to present. Some suggestions:

  • What on earth made you become a BA in the first place?
  • What gems of wisdom have you learned about Business Analysis over your career?
  • What value, if any, does a BA bring to an organization
  • Remind me again, what does your company do?

About the Speakers

Sign up early to confirm your spot as a speaker. Speaker sign-up will close on May 31st.

First 4 speakers to sign up will have a confirmed spot. The last two speakers will be randomly selected from the list of speakers.

 Sign up here

There will be prizes!

Registration to attend event will open April 17th.
This meeting will not qualify for CDUs 

Meeting Location: Sun Life Learning Center, WELLESLEY, MA 

Address:  Location Information:
112 Worcester St.
  • The Sun Life campus is located off I-95 (Route 128) at exit 20 (Route 9)
Building 4 (Learning Center)
  • From Route 9, use the "jug handle" to enter Sun Life by turning right into the Harvard Pilgrim Complex
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
  • Building 4 is the first building on the right
  • Parking is available to the right (just before the building), or in front of the building
  • Check in with Security
  • Learning Center is on the second floor


Additional Location: Hanover Insurance, WORCESTER, MA

Address:  Location Information:
440 Lincoln Street From 290 West
Worcester, MA 01653
  • Take Exit 20 and go straight through the light
  • Turn right onto North Parkway

Park in the NP2 Lot

Enter North Wing

  • Turn right into second entrance and then left into NP2 parking lot (next to the basketball court). Park in NP2 lot
  From 290 East
  • Take Exit 20. Stay right when exiting.
  • At second light, turn left onto Lincoln Street
  • Turn Right onto North Parkway
  • Turn right into the second entrance, then left into the NP2 Lot
  Arrive after 6:00 PM


Meeting Agenda (Wellesley)

5:30 - 6:00PM  Registration opens, networking time, and refreshments
6:00 - 6:15PM Election results
6:15 - 7:15PM Speed Presentations
7:15 - 7:30PM  Prizes
7:30PM Adjourn to watering hole


$0.00 Chapter Member

$15.00 Guest / Non-Member
$20.00 after 05:00 pm June 8

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Previous Events

Greater Boston IIBA members,


It was a pleasure meeting many of you at my presentation in Wellesley on May 11. For those of you who were in Woonsocket, Boston, or Worcester, though we didn’t meet, I appreciate your attention.


The same questions came up multiple times, both before and after my presentation, so I thought I would consolidate the answers into a single email.



All of the data-related features I demonstrated are in the Professional Edition of Visio but are not in Visio Standard. If you have Standard and want to upgrade but are running into resistance, I was serious when I offered to provide a paragraph or two of justification for you. Perhaps I can help you make the case with either management or your IT department.


Everything I demonstrated during the presentation works in Visio 2010, Visio 2013, and Visio 2016. The buttons on the Data tab were rearranged a bit in Visio 2016, but the same capabilities are on the Data tab in the earlier versions.


Based on several requests for more information, I have added links to additional Visio resources to my handouts. If you would like a PDF copy of the updated slides I presented in order to take advantage of either the content or the hyperlinks I included, please send me an email to request the document. Even if you didn’t attend the presentation, I think you’ll find the collection of links to Visio resources to be valuable.


Additional training resources

Several other instructors and I regularly deliver webcasts on Visio-related topics for Microsoft. Although there is only one live webcast remaining in the current series, all of the previous webcasts are available on demand. Refer to the Tips and Tricks webcast series.


I recently created three Visio courses for LinkedIn Learning (formerly known as The first two are brand new in the last month; the third was released at the end of October:

“Advanced Visio: Working with Data” is an in-depth exploration of linking Visio diagrams to data and using graphics to visualize data. In just a couple of hours, I think you will be able to use the lessons in this course to impress people with your skill at communicating more effectively by leveraging process maps, org charts, and other diagram types.


If you want to become a true Visio power user, I recommend viewing at least Part 1 of the course I created for Microsoft Virtual Academy: You will learn a lot about the “behind the scenes” features that give Visio its power – and that could make you a Visio hero!


For those of you who are using Visio 2016: I mentioned in passing that there is a difference between Custom Import (when linking to an external data source) and Quick Import. I demonstrated the latter but not the former. This page contains examples of both.



Several people expressed interest in learning more about Harvard Computing Group’s TaskMap process mapping add-in for Visio. Aside from reading our website, I’ve scheduled two webcasts during which I will describe our Simplified Process Mapping approach using TaskMap. The webcasts are free and you’re welcome to sign up as well as to invite friends and colleagues. Please visit the webcast registration page to sign up for either session:

  • Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 AM EDT
  • Wednesday, June 7 at 2:00 PM EDT


If you are interested but can’t attend either session, please let me now and we can make other arrangements.


Harvard Computing Group

Please keep us in mind if you need assistance with process-related activities in your organizations. Our consultants are able to assist with anything from drawing process maps to facilitating knowledge capture/process design workshops to designing a strategy for new process work in the organization.


We also offer Visio customization services: designing custom shapes, writing code to automate creation of diagrams, and providing onsite and webcast training.


If you have any questions at any time, please give me a call or send an email.





Scott A. Helmers

+1 978-800-4637

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