Writing Effective Business Rules

Writing Effective Business Rules, 1st Edition

Writing Effective Business Rules, 1st Edition,Graham Witt,ISBN9780123850515


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A proven practical method for writing unambiguous natural language business rule statements

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Key Features

  • 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
  • A practical reader-friendly user guide to the those parts of the SBVR specification that are relevant to rule authoring


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.


    Business Analyst, Business Process Modeller, Data Modeller, Business Rules Specialist, Regulation and Compliance Specialist, Legal Specialist

    Graham Witt

    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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    Independent Consultant, Sydney, Australia

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    Writing Effective Business Rules, 1st Edition


    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


    Quotes and reviews

    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


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