Business Rule Solutions: What’s Wrong with the Term ‘Knowledge Worker’

Ron Ross asks if the term “knowledge worker” allows you to make the distinctions necessary to categorize the different functional roles required to effectively use business rules in your process models. In this Column, he examines the three kinds of workers and discusses how the distinctions among them are important for engineering smarter business solutions.

Do Business Rules Define the Operational Boundaries of an Organization?

“The short answer is no”, says Ron Ross, but the suggestion raises some interesting questions. What is bounded by business rules? Does scope need to be understood in a deeper sense? How do these issues relate to smart business processes? Ron addresses these questions in his Column this month.

Business Rule Solutions: Engineering “Why”

Business Rule Solutions: Engineering “Why” In this Column, Ron Ross introduces the concept of Why Engineering and its basic principles, along with the Why Button. Find out what it takes to be effective at Why Engineering in today’s business environment.

Business Rule: Get a Grip onOperational Business Decisions:

Business Rule: Get a Grip onOperational Business Decisions: This month, Ron Ross discusses operational business decisions which he says are a commonly overlooked target in business process modeling. An operational business decision has structure that can’t be captured using business process models, use cases, or similar techniques. He proposes, instead, a top-down diagram called a […]

Business Rule Solutions: Know What Your Business Rules Are About—Decision Rules vs. Behavioral Rules

Business Rule Solutions: Know What Your Business Rules Are About—Decision Rules vs. Behavioral Rules Ron Ross warns against force-fitting a decision-oriented approach to every business rule problem in business processes. Noting that the differences between behavioral rules and decision rules are pronounced, Ron provides three typical examples to illustrate the differences and to suggest how […]

Business Rule Solutions: Four Very Useful Constructs for Concept Models—Developing a Structured Business Vocabulary

Business Rule Solutions: Four Very Useful Constructs for Concept Models—Developing a Structured Business Vocabulary Ron Ross asks, “Got functional silos across your business processes?” In this Column, Ron proposes the concept model as the remedy for the Tower of Babel environment this creates. He presents four prefabricated elements of structure—ones that will enable you to […]

Business Rule Solutions: Big-P Process is Dead—Long Live Configuration Agility!

Business Rule Solutions: Big-P Process is Dead—Long Live Configuration Agility! Consumer demand for product/service customization along with an accelerating rate of change mean that business activity no longer occurs in an orderly fashion. Exceptions are now the rule. Thus, Ron Ross claims the procedural paradigm does not scale any longer. He proposes, instead, an approach […]

Business Rule Solutions: Business Rules, Procedural Languages, and Enterprise Architecture—Basic Principles

Business Rule Solutions: Business Rules, Procedural Languages, and Enterprise Architecture—Basic Principles In his Column this month, Ron Ross explains the insights offered by the Business Rules Manifesto relating to procedural languages and enterprise architecture. He concludes his Column by stating that IT professionals should not be the ones responsible for determining whether the business logic […]

Business Rule Solutions: Business Rules, Business Processes and Business Agility—Basic Principles

Business Rule Solutions: Business Rules, Business Processes and Business Agility—Basic Principles How do business rules relate to business processes? How do business rules support business agility and migration to new business platforms? What does re-use of business rules really mean? Ron Ross’ Column explains the insights provided in the Business Rules Manifesto on these important […]

Business Rule Solutions: How Business Processes, Strategy, and Business Policies Relate

Business Rule Solutions: How Business Processes, Strategy, and Business Policies Relate Ron Ross states that while business process models provide management blueprints for coordinating repetitive work, they, by themselves, are not sufficient for creating an optimal business solution to a business challenge. In his Column this month, Ron focuses on some of the blind spots […]

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