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Writing Effective Business Rules: A Practical Method

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Writing Effective Business Rules: A Practical Method

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This insightful book is a proven, practical method for writing unambiguous natural language business rule statements, which support successful implementations.


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 (i.e. rule engine instructions)—unambiguous but unintelligible to stakeholders. It is designed to meet the realistic needs of business analysts in any industry.

This insightful 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. Also 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 as well as an effective mode of communication. Other key features include:

  • A complete set of standard templates for rule statements and component syntactic elements
  • Detailed approach to rule statement construction to avoid ambiguity and ensure consistency
  • Clear explanations of how fact models provide and constrain rule statement vocabulary
  • Practical, reader-friendly user guide to the those parts of the SBVR specification relevant to rule authoring
Additional Information

Additional Information

ISBN 978-0123850515
Publication Date February 2012
Author Graham Witt
Format Paperback
Page Count 360
Manufacturer Morgan Kaufmann Publishers