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Agile Business Rule Development: Process, Architecture, and JRules Examples Hardcover – April 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-3642190407 ISBN-10: 3642190405 Edition: 2011th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 567 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642190405
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642190407
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[...] Quite possibly this will be the most important and comprehensive book you will ever read on the topic of business rules. [...] If you plan to use business rules to extend and manage the decisions in your operational environment, something I highly recommend, this book will show you how to use an agile approach to do so." - Rob High, Jr., IBM Fellow, IBM SOA Foundation, Chief Architect

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Taylor on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Effective management of business rules must involve both business and IT organizations. There must be alignment and collaboration if the business rules are to be managed correctly. Indeed empowering this collaboration is the primary value of a business rules management system. Yet most systems development methodologies are predicated on a separation between the business and IT. These methodologies create artifacts and manage processes to try and minimize this separation but they take it for granted. To successfully adopt business rules and manage decisions an agile systems development approach specifically for business rules is required.

Jerome Boyer and Hafedh Mili have published a great book on Agile Business Rule Development. ABRD is unique in that it is an agile methodology that promotes iteration and the early use of a business rules management system. Focusing on incremental and iterative development it has been specifically developed to handle new artifacts like business rules, decision points and more. It applies the key tenets of the agile manifesto and takes advantage of the power of business rules management systems to deliver on those tenets. It shows how using a shared business rules definition allows you to value "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools". It prototypes early using these shared rule definitions to ensure "Working software over comprehensive documentation" It leverages the ability of non-technical business people to understand and even edit business rules to deliver "Customer collaboration over contract negotiation". Finally it relies on the faster update and deployment cycles of a business rules management system to ensure projects put "Responding to change over following a plan".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By black magic on September 21, 2013
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There are some good ideas; but mostly, for anyone who is familiar with rule development, there won't be much new.

My biggest complaint is that it is obvious that the book was written by two non-native English speakers. You may think that this is trivial; but at times, it is difficult to parse the text for a coherent meaning, leaving it to the reader to infer the point being made. These grammatical and semantic errors should have been caught by an editor. There are also places where comments were left in the text to fill in a reference; I guess laziness on the part of the authors and other readers resulted in the comments remaining. Overall, poor quality in presentation of ideas.
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By Samji on December 22, 2012
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This book not only teaches the internals of the most popular Rules Application Development tools in the market the "ILOG JRules" but also about the methodology how to apply in in real day to day work environment. I recommend this book for anyone who are practicing the Decision Management.
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