Rules: Shaping Behavior and Knowledge

By Ronald G. Ross

This book is about rules for groups and communities of people (including their data). The goal? Shaping behavior and communicating business knowledge, not simply mimicking human intelligence. It’s exactly what you need for governance, traceability, and the human touch so often missing in digital solutions.

Time for a fresh look. Rules are almost certainly not what you think they are. And that lack of understanding is holding us back.

Here’s how you can

  • Create better rules
  • Distinguish rules and requirements
  • Address problems in data quality
  • Disseminate knowledge in real time
  • Improve your governance processes

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Business Knowledge Messaging: How To Avoid Business Miscommunication

By Ronald G. Ross

The problem we face today is inelastic engagement. If you’re drowning in a daily deluge of emails and virtual meetings, you know exactly what I mean. That’s why we need to talk about formal business knowledge messaging.

This new book takes business knowledge, along with data, semantics and rules, in an exciting new direction. You may love it, or you may hate it. But you definitely should read it!

Here’s how you can

  • Spot and fix ambiguity
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Systemize knowledge

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Business Knowledge Blueprints: Enabling Your Data to Speak the Language of the Business

By Ronald G. Ross

The authoritative book on concept models and business vocabulary, written by one of the world’s foremost experts on both structured and unstructured data.

Business Knowledge Blueprints is the go-to handbook for:

  • Developing business vocabularies.
  • Defining terms.
  • Disambiguating concepts.

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Business Rules: Management and Execution

By Ronald G. Ross, Gladys S.W. Lam, Kristen Seer, et al. Introduction by Layna Fischer. Foreward by Ronald G. Ross

Business rules describe the operations, definitions and constraints that apply to an organization. Business rules can apply to people, processes, corporate behavior and computing systems in an organization, and are put in place to help the organization achieve its goals.

Business Rules: Why Should You Use Them?

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Building Business Solutions: Business Analysis with Business Rules (Second Edition)

By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam

  • How can you put the ‘business’ into business analysis?
  • How do you deliver true business value?
  • What should you be doing before requirements?

A newly updated handbook that presents practical, proven, innovative methods to building great business solutions.

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Business Rule Concepts: Getting to the Point of Knowledge (Fourth Edition)

By Ronald G. Ross

Easy-to-understand explanation of business vocabulary, business rules and business processes … and how they relate!

Find out how to …

  • Analyze and manage each of the two major kinds of business rules.
  • Analyze and define business concepts, model business vocabulary, and create a concept model.
  • Make business processes smart and agile.

Down-to-earth, authoritative!

Introducing ConceptSpeak™ … the breakthrough approach for developing concept models and developing business vocabularies.

Also featured …

  • Business rules in business architecture
  • Re-engineering governance using General Rulebook Systems (GRBS)
  • Real-world use of SBVR

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Principles of the Business Rule Approach

By Ronald G. Ross

The Business Rule Approach represents a major paradigm shift in business-system design and development. Employing a business-driven approach, the use of business rules has been proven to enhance the effectiveness, flexibility, and efficiency of business systems. The technology is appropriate for any kind of organization, and is especially well suited for development in the rapidly expanding Web services industry.

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Free White Papers

Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make When Conducting Business Rules Projects

By Gladys S.W. Lam

Format: 26 pages / PDF A Business Rule Solutions White Paper, Version 1.3 (October 2014) FREE DOWNLOAD

In these pieces you will learn not only about the Top 10 Mistakes, but you will also gain practical experience about how to avoid them. Along with my words, you will hear voices from practitioners sharing their state-of-the-art advice.

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Free Primers

How to Define Business Terms in Plain English: A ConceptSpeak™ Primer

By Ronald G. Ross

Format: 26 pages / PDF FREE DOWNLOAD

Creating business documents? Business requirements? Business rules? You’ll need crystal-clear, bullet-proof business definitions. Finally, a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide.

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Decision Analysis – A Primer: How to Use DecisionSpeak™ and Question Charts (Q-Charts™)

By Ronald G. Ross

Format: 49 pages / PDF FREE DOWNLOAD

Take a top-down business view of the decisions in your business processes. Visualize, explore, and get ready to harvest the decision logic.

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Decision Tables – A Primer: How to Use TableSpeak™

By Ronald G. Ross

Format: 121 pages / PDF FREE DOWNLOAD

Buying a decision management platform does not mean you automatically make good decisions. Learn how to think before you act. Conceive, construct, confirm!

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Tabulation of Lists in RuleSpeak®: A Primer – Using “The Following” Clause

By Ronald G. Ross

Format: 16 pages / PDF FREE DOWNLOAD

The most powerful, insight-packed 16 pages about how to improve your writing in recent memory. A real breakthrough!

Visit the RuleSpeak® website to learn more about this set of guidelines for expressing business rules in concise, business-friendly fashion.

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Business Rules Community

Business Rules Community ( is a non-commercial community for business rule professionals. BRCommunity provides articles, commentary, and a variety of other free resources.

BRCommunity is sponsored by Business Rule Solutions, LLC (BRS). BRS established, and its flagship online publication, the Business Rules Journal, in 2000. The Journal appears there free-of-charge. is much more than simply an online publication. With the help of a talented staff, world-renown contributors, and generous supporters, it is the place to be for business rules!