How Important is Basic Business Vocabulary? … A Short (True!) Story
I was teaching a BA class, trying to convey the value of having a prototype. The class was divided into ‘developers’, the BA, and the ‘executive’. The developers were given a bag of duplos, multiple shapes and colors. The executive was given a bag with a completed duplo creation. The instructions were for the BA to elicit information from the executive and provide it to the developers so they could build the creation.
What I discovered is that they needed a common language (terms everyone knew the meaning of), and a frame of reference (location, name of layers or identity of corners, etc.). Without this information, communication was impossible.
After they created these ‘handles’, they were able to communicate and convey information. The value of having a prototype was demonstrated. The value of common terms and clear understanding was priceless!
Acks: Thea Rasins
Consultant, Educator and Professional Organizer
KCIIBA Board Member and Vice President of Professional Development
Tags: common language, requirements elicitation, terminology
Ronald G. Ross
Ron Ross, Principal and Co-Founder of Business Rules Solutions, LLC, is internationally acknowledged as the “father of business rules.” Recognizing early on the importance of independently managed business rules for business operations and architecture, he has pioneered innovative techniques and standards since the mid-1980s. He wrote the industry’s first book on business rules in 1994.