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There is nothing so permanent as business rules

There is nothing so permanent as business rules Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman said, “There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government program.” I have a similar thought when it comes to association business rules and programs. Too often, new business rules or new programs are instituted, and once in place, are never again reviewed for their …

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The Number of Test Scenarios Illustrates How Complex Your Business Rules Are

During the process of implementing a new AMS, one of the steps you’ll take is creating and testing scenarios for different functionality within the system. For example, what will the online join process consist of? What will the customer or member experience when they login to join or renew? And what are the different potential …

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Occam’s Razor and Business Rules

Are your staff and members being strangled by the complex tangle of your business rules? The principle “Occam’s razor” states that one should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything. Or put another way, all things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one. Are …

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Are your business rules hurting your business?

I’ve written a LOT about business rules over the years. The reason I do is because business rules are generally one of the few things we actually have some control over. Generally speaking, outside of rules mandated by bylaws, staff has full control over business rules within the organization. We get to set pricing, how we …

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Simple Business Rules Make for Easier Data Management

Over the years of working with hundreds of clients, I’ve discovered that one of the biggest challenges associations have with data is self-inflicted: overly-complex business rules. For example, one group I worked with had the following business rule: If five people from the same organization attended the same event, the fifth person could attend for …

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Try flowcharting your processes

Try flowcharting your processes Working with a client recently on their membership join process reminded me of the tremendous value of putting your processes into a flowchart. In their case, a single membership join (organization) requires asking three questions before the correct “join path” is determined. Drawing a flowchart of this decision process will help provide them …

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