Monday, May 13, 2002
- A structured quality cycle based on Plan-Do-Check-Act. This cycle is the foundation of continuous improvement, which is the theme of the book.
- Complete description of testing techniques. In this respect the book is an encyclopedia for software test professionals and a definitive reference.
- Comprehensive resource for forms and checklists (I wish these were also provided in soft copy on a CD ROM or author's web site, but they are not).
- Full view of metrics across every aspect of the development life cycle. In the same manner that the testing techniques are encyclopedic, the metrics are also an encyclopedia for SQA professionals.
I recently finished reading Business Rules Applied, which covers business rules from an implementation approach, and does so in great detail. If you are new to business rules you should first read Business Rules and Information Systems: Aligning IT with Business Goals by Tony Morgan, which is better for beginners. That book introduces business rules at a basic level.
This book expands Morgan's work by drilling down into details and exposing the nuances that a seasoned practitioner will appreciate. However, the main value of this book is the way Ms. von Halle steps you through the complexities of implementing business rules as an organizational methodology. This is not an easy task, but she manages to provide a complete and comprehensive approach that will guarantee success if carefully followed. I think the work breakdown structure alone that is provided in the book makes it essential to anyone who is tasked with implementing business rules.
In addition, the tables, checklists and documents and information from the book's web site add even more value. This is an important book about an important topic. It's not easy to read, but the diligent reader (assuming prior experience) will find everything he or she needs to know about business rules, the value proposition for using them, and how to implement them. It's the most authoritative book on the subject, and will probably remain so for years to come.
There's always some delightful site to be discovered, and the most recent is Soft Java, which is the creation of two women, Jeannie and Joy who are funny, slightly over the edge and have other similar qualities that will endear them to you. Their site is dedicated to teaching Java to the masses. I'm up to my eyeballs with my Oracle OCP training and am not about to add learning Java to my workload at this time, but when I do have the time and energy I might just return to their site and add Java to my skills.
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