Business Knowledge Blueprints By Ronald G. Ross

Business Knowledge Blueprints

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Finally, the Go-To Handbook for Building Shared Understanding

Here’s everything you need to know about

  • Developing business vocabularies.
  • Defining terms.
  • Disambiguating concepts.

More than that, this handbook shows you how to clarify the meaning of everyday business communication and put business clarity into your data.

Introducing Concept Models

A concept model gives you a way to talk with subject matter experts in a way you’ve never had before. It will:

  • Guide you in asking the right questions.
  • Help you achieve business clarity.
  • Show you how the pieces all fit together.
  • Make you sound smart.

What about data? This book is for those intimidated by data, for those whose companies have poor quality data, or for those in initiatives seeking to tap into the power behind the data. Learn these techniques and you’ll ‘do’ all forms of data far better.

So many people these days – including business managers – know in their guts something is amiss about current approaches. Something in IT and data is simply not adding up. Not some small thing, but a very big thing. Data quality is awful. Systems still fail to meet expectations due to inadequate or misdirected requirements. Customer expectations simply aren’t being met. Now we are plunging headlong into a world of bots, AI, blockchain and more, with little or no sense of what it will really take to get us there.

If you are one of those people, this book provides the insights you need to talk directly about the problem – as well as all the robust techniques needed to tackle it head-on.

Who is this book for?

Think of a concept model as the new Knowledge Commons for the business. It’s about getting everyone on the same page for Knowledge-Age success! 

  • Business People: governance, risk and compliance managers, regulators and policy makers, legal staff, knowledge managers, product designers, and training managers
  • Transformation Professionals: business analysts, business architects, data scientists, data modelers, and software professionals who support the business

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Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Why Business Concept Models

Chapter 2: The Four Dimensions of Communication Clarity

Chapter 3: What Concept Models Are About

Chapter 4: Creating Concept Models

Part II: Getting to Know the Things You Talk About

Chapter 5: Distinguishing Things

Chapter 6: Naming Things

Chapter 7: Defining Things

Chapter 8: Disambiguating Things

Part III: Standard Relations

Chapter 9: Classifications

Chapter 10: Categorizations

Part IV: Verb Concepts

Chapter 11: Verb Concepts and Wordings

Chapter 12: Nouns Based on Verbs

Chapter 13: Verb Concept Structures

Chapter 14: Verbs and Transformations

Part V: How to Define Business Terms in Plain English

Chapter 15: The Kick-Off of a Definition

Chapter 16: The Main Body of a Definition

Chapter 17: Sets of Definitions


Appendix 1: Conceptual Model vs Concept Model: Not the Same!

Appendix 2: Data Model vs Concept Model: Not the Same!

Appendix 3: EU-Rent Example



Ronald G. Ross

Ronald G. Ross

Who is Ron Ross

Ron is one of the world’s foremost authorities on both structured and unstructured data. He is Co-Founder and Principal of Business Rule Solutions, LLC (BRS). At BRS, he has helped create concept models at hundreds of companies and government bodies.

Ron is Chair of Building Business Capabilities (BBC), the official conference of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). He is best known for his industry-leading work on business rules, and before that, for his contributions in the field of data design and database. He was a founder and is a principal in standards work at OMG on SBVR (Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules), the ground-breaking standard behind concept models.

Ron has keynoted dozens of conferences and given seminars to many thousands of people worldwide. He is currently Executive Editor of and its flagship on-line publication, Business Rules Journal. Ron is recognized internationally as the ‘father of business rules.’

Ron is the author of ten professional books including the first on data dictionaries and data administration in 1981. Books on business rules include the classic Business Rule Concepts: Getting to the Point of Knowledge4th ed. (2013) and Building Business Solutions: Business Analysis with Business Rules 2nd ed. with Gladys S.W. Lam (2015). He is co-author with John Zachman and Roger Burlton of the 2017 Business Agility Manifesto.

Ron received DAMA International’s Individual Achievement Award for 1995. He was formerly Editor of the Data Base Newsletter from 1977 to 1998. Ron holds an M.S. in information science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Rice University.