Business Rule Solutions: What the Business Rules Group (BRG) Has to Say About Business Rules

The Business Rules Group (BRG) has played a central role in developing core notions of business rules and the business rule approach in its current form. In his Column, Ron Ross examines the main themes in BRG’s thinking on business rules as explicitly expressed in four highly influential work products. It also reveals how that thinking has been refined since the early days in 1989.

Business Rule Solutions: Q&A: What We’re Learning from Decision Engineering, Part 2—Fresh Thinking about Business Process Models

Ron Ross encourages BPM practitioners to consider fresh ideas about business process models. Using a Q & A format, he relates what you need to know to bring your thinking and practices up to date in this, the concluding Column of this two-part series.

Business Rule Solutions: What We’re Learning from Decision Engineering—Part I

White-collar workers make operational business decisions day-in and day-out. Many people think of such work as a matter of art, not engineering. They’re being proven wrong. Learn about the latest developments in business rule and decision engineering in Part I of this two-part Q & A with Ron Ross.

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 […]

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