Business Rules

Business rules are absolute rules that a business operates under, such as requiring payment before shipping products. Each rule should include a description for the rule, the rationale for creating the rule, and any improvements that must be made.

The description of the rule should have a brief description of what the rule is, and what situations it applies in. For example, it could say 'Require payment from small business vendors before shipping products.' This section is important because it contains information about what the rule is, and specifies when it should be used.

The rationale for the rule should describe the circumstances that required creation of the rule, or the reasoning for creating the rule at the time. Continuing the previous example, it could say 'Previous experience with small businesses indicates they may fail before providing payment.' This section is important because it explains why the rule was created, so the rule can be changed if the rationale is no longer valid.

The improvements should describe any changes that need to be made to the rules, or to implement the rules. For example, changing the rule to allow small business vendors to pay after the product is shipped may require a change to the online application form. The new form may need a 'pay later' option or may need to be verifiable without payment. This section is important because it facilitates changes to the rules.

Business rules should be created and updated to keep the company running smoothly. When a rule is changed, the business must ensure that corresponding forms are changed, to make sure that the new rule is implemented properly.