The Complete Business Rules Manifesto

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The complete version of the Business Rules Manifesto was launched in November 2003 at the Business Rules Forum Conference, Nashville, TN.  The Manifesto is a 2002-2003 work product of the Business Rules Group (BRG), the highly respected industry body originally organized in 1989 to develop business rule standards.  A preliminary version of the Manifesto was presented to members of the BRCommunity in early 2003.

In addition to the BRCommunity, the Manifesto was distributed with a general request for feedback at a number of select industry meetings and conferences during 2003, including:  the OMG Business Rules SIG, DAMA International Symposium and Meta-Data Conference, IEEE Policy Conference, and European Business Rules Conference.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and many suggestions for improvement and enhancement have been forthcoming.

The result is the complete version (2.0) now released.  We say "complete" (rather than "final") because the BRG feels it has achieved a thorough and precise statement of business rule principles.  However, in the spirit of 'never say never,' it is clearly possible that the Manifesto may be gradually enhanced -- or more likely extended -- as knowledge and practical experience grows during the coming years.

The Manifesto is a powerful vehicle for communicating the essence of the business rule message in all its particulars.  See for yourself -- the Manifesto is short (just two pages long) so a quick reading won't take you long at all.

The logic of the Manifesto is compelling, and its impact is the kind that sticks.  Pass it on to your colleagues, especially on the business side of the house.  The time for setting a new course for the business is clearly now.


Business Rules Group, Business Rules Manifesto -- the Principles of Rule Independence, Ver. 2.0 (Nov. 2003), URL:

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Ronald  G. Ross
Ronald G. Ross Co-Founder & Principal, Business Rule Solutions, LLC , Executive Editor, Business Rules Journal and Co-Chair, Building Business Capability (BBC)

Ronald G. Ross is Principal and Co-Founder of Business Rule Solutions, LLC, where he actively develops and applies the BRS Methodology including RuleSpeak®, DecisionSpeak and TableSpeak.

Ron is recognized internationally as the "father of business rules." He is the author of ten professional books including the groundbreaking first book on business rules The Business Rule Book in 1994. His newest are:

Ron serves as Executive Editor of and its flagship publication, Business Rules Journal. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences world-wide. More than 50,000 people have heard him speak; many more have attended his seminars and read his books.

Ron has served as Chair of the annual International Business Rules & Decisions Forum conference since 1997, now part of the Building Business Capability (BBC) conference where he serves as Co-Chair. He was a charter member of the Business Rules Group (BRG) in the 1980s, and an editor of its Business Motivation Model (BMM) standard and the Business Rules Manifesto. He is active in OMG standards development, with core involvement in SBVR.

Ron holds a BA from Rice University and an MS in information science from Illinois Institute of Technology. Find Ron's blog on For more information about Ron visit Tweets: @Ronald_G_Ross

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