BRManifesto FAQ: Article 8 - For the Sake of the Business, Not Technology

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FAQ re: Principle 8.1
Question: What is the sense of "business practice and guidance" in Manifesto principle 8.1?

Rules are about business practice and guidance; therefore, rules are motivated by business goals and objectives and are shaped by various influences.

The intended sense covers coordination of operational business activity, as well as the know-how associated with the product/service(s).


FAQ re: Principle 8.1
Question: What kind of 'influences' is the Manifesto referring to in principle 8.1?

Rules are about business practice and guidance; therefore, rules are motivated by business goals and objectives and are shaped by various influences.

Refer to pp. 27-34 of the Business Motivation Model (BMM - 1.4) available on http://www.businessrulesgroup.org/bmm.shtml.


FAQ re: Principle 8.2
Question: What kind of 'costs' is the Manifesto referring to in principle 8.2?

Rules always cost the business something.

"Costs" are meant to include both direct costs (e.g., the people, money, etc. required to administer rules) and indirect costs (e.g., the learning curves, organizational adjustments, etc. of affected workers). "Costs" do not, however, include costs of transition to a rules approach. There are naturally costs associated with transition to any new approach.


FAQ re: Principle 8.4
Question: What does Manifesto mean by principle 8.4?

'More rules' is not better. Usually fewer 'good rules' is better.

Many companies have dozens of exceptions to every rule, making management, dissemination and enforcement of rules difficult and expensive. Having a smaller number of good rules is preferable, where "good" is measured in terms of productivity, agility, and achievement of business goals.


FAQ re: Principle 8.5
Question: What does Manifesto mean by "system" in principle 8.5?

An effective system can be based on a small number of rules. Additional, more discriminating rules can be subsequently added, so that over time the system becomes smarter.

The intended sense is "IT system" or "application system". The same thought applies, however, to viewing some part of the business (or all of it) as a "system".


References:

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The Business Rules Group , "BRManifesto FAQ: Article 8 - For the Sake of the Business, Not Technology" Business Rules Journal Vol. 3, No. 12, (Dec. 2002)
URL: http://www.brcommunity.com/a2002/s022.html

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