Ron Ross

Ron RossRonald G. Ross is Co-Founder and Principal of Business Rule Solutions, LLC ( BRS provides workshops, consulting services, publications, and methodology supporting business analysis, business rules, business vocabulary, and rule management. His popular public seminars on business rules and business analysis, the first on business rules (starting in 1996) and the longest-running in the industry, are given through AttainingEdge (

At BRS, Mr. Ross co-develops Proteus®, its landmark business analysis and business rules methodology, which features numerous innovative techniques including the popular RuleSpeak® (available free through These are the latest offerings in a 30-year career that has consistently featured creative, business-driven solutions.

Mr. Ross also serves as Executive Editor of and its flagship on-line publication, Business Rules Journal. He is a regular columnist for the Journal's Commentary section which also features John Zachman, Chris Date, Terry Halpin, and Roger Burlton., hosted and sponsored by BRS, is a vertical community for professionals working with business rules and related areas. Mr. Ross was formerly Editor of the Data Base Newsletter from 1977 to 1998.

Mr. Ross is recognized internationally as the "father of business rules." He has served as Co-Chair of the annual Business Rules Forum Conference since 1997. He was a charter member of the Business Rules Group (BRG) in the 1980s, and an editor of the two landmark BRG papers,"The Business Motivation Model: Business Governance in a Volatile World" (2000, revised 2005) and the "Business Rules Manifesto" (2003). He is also active in OMG standards development for business rules and business models.

Mr. Ross is the author of eight professional books. His newest are: Business Rule Concepts (2005), a second edition of his popular, easy-to-read 1998 handbook, and Principles of the Business Rule Approach, Addison-Wesley (2003), featuring the business rationale and opportunity for business rules. An earlier work, The Business Rule Book (1994, 1997), was the seminal work in the field.

Mr. Ross received his M.S. in information science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and his B.A. from Rice University.

Business Rules Solutions: New Knowledge Paradigm, a Single Source of Business Truth

Ron Ross suggests that you start thinking about managing core business knowledge as an asset. He believes that the new knowledge paradigm offers boundless opportunities and says that “Digital won’t get you there alone – knowledge is the fodder.” Read Ron’s Column for his insights into the new knowledge paradigm.

Business Rules Solutions: The New Knowledge Paradigm: Enabling Operational Excellence

Ron Ross posits that to achieve true operational excellence in today’s technological world, companies need to follow well-defined rules. First, they need to know what the rules are and the rules need to be “a living breathing resource.” Ron calls it business knowledge engineering. Read his Column for details of this concept.

Business Rules Solutions: The Story of Al’s Spreadsheet and Absent Brains

A few years ago, Ron Ross’ organization, Business Rules Solutions, was invited to conduct a one-week facilitated session for a national taxation authority. The objective was to reverse-engineer business rules from a very complex spreadsheet called Al’s Spreadsheet. Read Ron’s Column to discover the lessons learned from that engagement.

Business Rules Solutions: Who (or What!) Makes Your Operational Business Decisions?

In his Column this month, Ron recounts several experiences he and his colleagues encountered where incorrectly implemented business rules proved very costly to the organization. To avoid such problems, Ron suggests that control over decisions be put in the hands of business managers. Read his Column to learn the impact poorly implemented business rules can have on an organization.

Business Rules Solutions: Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Business Models of Milestones or States

Ron Ross continues his series on Pattern Questions, focusing this month on questions pertaining to business models of milestones or states. Ron believes these questions assist not only in capturing related business rules, but also in discussing and resolving related business issues with business stakeholders. In this Column, he presents a targeted set of pattern questions pertaining to milestones and illustrates them with practical examples.

Business Rules Solutions: Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Business Process Models

In this Column, Ron Ross and Gladys Lam discuss business rules as a powerful tool for practitioners to simplify business process models and enhance their quality. Pattern questions assist not only in capturing related business rules, but also in discussing related business issues with business stakeholders. Their Column presents a targeted set of pattern questions to assist in that process and illustrates them with practical examples.

Business Rules Solutions: General Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules

This month Ron Ross presents general pattern questions that can be used to capture basic business rules. These pattern questions focus directly on the basic question words what, how, where, who, when, and why,– plus exceptions. Applying these pattern questions represents an important step in externalizing business rules from other components of a business solution, especially business process models.

Business Rules Solutions: Process Modeling and the Knowledge Economy

Ron Ross asks if process modeling’s widget-centric origin resulted in deficiencies for developing world-class business solutions to white-collar problems. Are all your business capabilities really so process-centric? Are you being held back by traditional thinking? In this month’s Column, Ron tackles these and related issues.

Business Rules Solutions: Measuring Quality and Defects in the Knowledge Economy

Ron Ross asks, ‘How do you assess quality and defects in a business process when there’s no physical product?” He asserts that if you’re not documenting and managing your business rules as part of your BPM initiatives, you’re missing a crucial part of the problem. See if you agree with Ron.

Business Rule Solutions: Six Business Problems the Business Rule Approach Addresses

Ron Ross is frequently asked to summarize what business problems the business rule approach was created to address. In this Column, he defines six commonly experienced business problems, the solutions to which involve the application of a business rule approach.