Writing Effective Business Rules

Writing Effective Business Rules

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By (author) Graham Witt

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  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 231mm x 23mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 3 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 0123850517
  • ISBN 13: 9780123850515
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 829,672

Product description

"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. This book includes: a complete set of standard templates for rule statements and their component syntactic elements; a rigorous approach to rule statement construction to avoid ambiguity and ensure consistency; a clear explanation of the way in which a fact model provides and constrains the rule statement vocabulary; and, a practical reader-friendly user guide to the those parts of the SBVR specification that are relevant to rule authoring.

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Author information

Graham C. Witt is an independent consultant with over 30 years of experience in assisting enterprises to acquire relevant and effective IT solutions. His clients include major banks and other financial institutions; businesses in the insurance, utilities, transport and telecommunications sectors; and a wide variety of government agencies. A former guest lecturer on Database Systems at University of Melbourne, he is a frequent presenter at international data management conferences.

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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

Introduction 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