SBVR Made Easy
Business Vocabulary and Rules as a Critical Asset

by Rob van Haarst

Paperback, 306 pages, 1st edition December 2013

Every organisation has a body of terms and definitions: its business vocabulary. It also has business rules that take their meaning and structure directly from this underlying vocabulary.

You can reveal your business vocabulary and rules in an internationally recognised and standardised fashion using the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR), the formal specification by the Object Management Group (OMG). This will dramatically increase the quality of your software requirements, process designs, internal work instructions and communication with partners.

This book offers an easy-to-read summary of SBVR’s most important ideas. Practical tips for creating specification products and measuring their quality make the standard accessible to a wider audience. A critical assessment of SBVR’s strengths and weaknesses is also included. This will be of special interest to the more seasoned business analyst.

“This masterpiece could only have been created by someone who is passionate about his field… Rob has the experience, helicopter view and distance to translate with style the essence of SBVR to what is needed for professionals.”
From the Foreword by Silvie Spreeuwenberg

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About This Book

SBVR Made Easy looks at Business Vocabularies and Business Rules in a projects context, a business operation context, and a knowledge exchange context.

Subjects Covered

Introduction to the field: 

  • First impressions
  • Introduction to OMG’s SBVR specification
  • Building a business case for SBVR
  • Finding a method for creating business vocabularies and rules 

Business modelling using:

  • Terms and definitions
  • Business rules
  • Concept structure
  • Vocabulary organisation and adopted terms 

SBVR deliverables:

  • SBVR products
  • How to present business meaning to your audience
  • Quality assessment of SBVR models
  • Example document style 

SBVR in perspective:

  • Processes
  • Data
  • Requirements for eg. software projects
  • Related initiatives: BPMN, Decision Analysis, Enterprise Ontology, Semantic Web 

Reference Guide:

  • Help with conceptual modelling issues
  • Vocalisation of SBVR specification statements
  • Metamodel constraints
  • Guide to colour-coding