Writing Effective Business Rules


  • Graham Witt, Independent Consultant, Sydney, Australia

Writing Effective Business Rules moves beyond the fundamental dilemma of system design: defining business rules either in natural language, intelligible but often ambiguous, or program code (or rule engine instructions), unambiguous but unintelligible to stakeholders. Designed to meet the needs of business analysts, this book provides an exhaustive analysis of rule types and a set of syntactic templates from which unambiguous natural language rule statements of each type can be generated. A user guide to the SBVR specification, it explains how to develop an appropriate business vocabulary and generate quality rule statements using the appropriate templates and terms from the vocabulary. The resulting rule statements can be reviewed by business stakeholders for relevance and correctness, providing for a high level of confidence in their successful implementation.
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    Business Analyst, Business Process Modeller, Data Modeller, Business Rules Specialist, Regulation and Compliance Specialist, Legal Specialist


    Book information

    • Published: January 2012
    • Imprint: MORGAN KAUFMANN
    • ISBN: 978-0-12-385051-5


    The book takes the study of business rules from theory into practice. This is important as it enables professionals to readily use business rules techniques in the workplace.

    -- Glen Bell, Enterprise Architect and former Senior Manager, Strategy & Architecture, Australian Securities & Investment Commission

    A valuable resource to the individual (and team) wanting to have an in-depth treatment on the how to's of business rules.

    -- Keri Anderson Healy, Editor, BRCommunity.com

    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1 - The world of rules

    Chapter 2 - How rules work

    Chapter 3 - A brief history of rules

    Chapter 4 - Types of rules

    Chapter 5 - The building blocks of natural language rule statements

    Chapter 6 - Fact Models

    Chapter 7 - How to write quality natural language rule statements

    Chapter 8 - An end-to-end rule management methodology

    Chapter 9 - Rule statement templates and subtemplates