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Agile Business Rule Development

Process, Architecture, and JRules Examples

  • Jérôme Boyer
  • Hafedh Mili

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-25
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      Pages 27-45
  3. Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
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      Pages 49-71
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      Pages 73-113
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  4. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
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      Pages 177-213
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  5. Rule Authoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
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  6. Rule Deployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 389-389
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  7. Rule Testing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
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      Pages 447-469
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      Pages 471-499
  8. Rule Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-501
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      Pages 523-542
  9. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 543-543
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      Pages 545-549
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 551-567

About this book

Introduction

Business rules are everywhere. Every enterprise process, task, activity, or function is governed by rules. However, some of these rules are implicit and thus poorly enforced, others are written but not enforced, and still others are perhaps poorly written and obscurely enforced. The business rule approach looks for ways to elicit, communicate, and manage business rules in a way that all stakeholders can understand, and to enforce them within the IT infrastructure in a way that supports their traceability and facilitates their maintenance.

Boyer and Mili will help you to adopt the business rules approach effectively. While most business rule development methodologies put a heavy emphasis on up-front business modeling and analysis, agile business rule development (ABRD) as introduced in this book is incremental, iterative, and test-driven. Rather than spending weeks discovering and analyzing rules for a complete business function, ABRD puts the emphasis on producing executable, tested rule sets early in the project without jeopardizing the quality, longevity, and maintainability of the end result. The authors’ presentation covers all four aspects required for a successful application of the business rules approach: (1) foundations, to understand what business rules are (and are not) and what they can do for you; (2) methodology, to understand how to apply the business rules approach; (3) architecture, to understand how rule automation impacts your application; (4) implementation, to actually deliver the technical solution within the context of a particular business rule management system (BRMS). Throughout the book, the authors use an insurance case study that deals with claim processing.

Boyer and Mili cater to different audiences: Project managers will find a pragmatic, proven methodology for delivering and maintaining business rule applications. Business analysts and rule authors will benefit from guidelines and best practices for rule discovery and analysis. Application architects and software developers will appreciate an exploration of the design space for business rule applications, proven architectural and design patterns, and coding guidelines for using JRules.

Keywords

Agile Processes Business Information Systems Business Objects Business Rules Enterprise Applications Enterprise Information Systems IBM Websphere JRULES

Authors and affiliations

  • Jérôme Boyer
    • 1
  • Hafedh Mili
    • 2
  1. 1.IBMSan JoséUSA
  2. 2.Dépt. InformatiqueUniversité du Québec, MontréalMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19041-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-19040-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-19041-4
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