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An interesting discussion started on twitter this week with @BigBlueMilky saying “Decision Management is so much more that just using business rules” – something I strongly agree with. @JeffreyGoodReq followed up by adding “But you must start with business rules” and, when I disagreed and said you must start with Decisions added “rules = context [...]

2011 has been a great year for market awareness of Decision Management as an approach and of the value of Decision Management Systems. Product, partnership, acquisition and funding announcements have enhanced the available technology. As vendors continue to improve and enhance their product offerings to fully support Decision Management this is only going to reinforce and further [...]

A recent post on the IBM Good Decisions Blog – When Should You Automate a Business Decision? contains a list of ten levels of automation from a paper by Parasuraman, Sheridan and Wickens (available to IEEE members here). This set of 10 levels runs from 1 (computer offers no assistance) to 10 (computer acts autonomously). [...]

Use Cases and Business Rules

Syndicated from ebizQ Barb von Halle and Larry Goldberg had an interesting article titled Use Cases and Business Rules – can they work together over on Modern Analyst. In the article they discuss the role of the Decision Model and business rules in use cases. They make some good points and I have a simple [...]

Decision points

Syndicated from ebizQ My friend Jerome had a post this week on finding decision points – the spots in a business process where you make a decision – that was prompted by discussions he and I had with a joint client. Jerome focuses on certain kinds of activities and the words that describe them like [...]

Cost, time and expertise are obstacles to business rules adoption. Corticon’s recently announced RulesWorld is designed to let individuals prove the value of rules without cost or risk. RulesWorld is an online community supplying learning materials, samples and forums as well as access to the software itself. All of this at no cost. Users can [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Adrian Marchis had a nice article on Use Case Recycling by Extracting Business Rules. Now making sure decisions are identified explicitly in use cases avoids one of the seven deadly sins of decision management and is something I think is critical. Indeed I wrote an article on the topic on the same [...]

Rob Pritchard of Infosys presented on the power of business rules in warranty. His focus is on agility – most warranty systems are inflexible and hard to change. Organizations cannot make changes to warranty policy to respond to competitors, can’t create what-if scenarios, can’t tighten claims control or pre-valid claims or repairs. These problems come [...]

Scott Sehlhorst (with whom I have presented and about whom I have written before) had a great post this week called Hidden Business Rule Example. Scott walks through some analysis of a process and shows how finding hidden decisions within that process can really inform how you think about the systems and processes you need. [...]

I got an interesting series of questions from a reader that seemed to me to justify a longish post. The initial question was quite harmless looking: Can you give a clue as to what software engineering approach you use/recommend for EDM, but especially business rules that non-IT staff can alter safely? But the whole thing [...]

One of my regular readers had a question today about Enterprise Decision Management and the Software Development Lifecycle – the EDMSDLC if you like. Here’s what he asked: We do Business Rules in our approach… I guess one question would be, where does EDM fit in a typical SDLC? [company] does Requirements, we have a [...]

Scott Sehlhorst of Tyner Blain and I presented on Getting It Right. Rules and Requirements in Software. Scott writes a great blog on requirements. The slides are on slideshare here | View | Upload your own I reviewed one of the books we referenced, Use Cases: Requirements in Context Enjoy.