NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019

NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019
Official Conference of the
International Institute of Business Analysis 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3:10 pm – 4:10 pm | Presentation | Room: Oceana 8-10

The Life of a Business Rule: Enabling Impact Analysis through Traceability

Presented by: Kristen Seer


Business rules lead an interesting life. From a project perspective, they are ‘discovered’ during business analysis and ‘implemented’ in a system. But their lifecycle really begins much earlier – that is, when they first become known to the business (e.g., when legislation is enacted, regulations are imposed, etc.). In addition, their lifecycle doesn’t end once the system is implemented.  For a rule, that’s just when things get interesting, with the rule being applied on a daily basis, changed as time goes on, and, finally, being ‘retired’ when no longer needed.

With such an active lifecycle, how best to manage the rules and ensure that they are changed when and where they need to be? The key is traceability – knowing where a rule came from and where it is implemented. This interactive session discusses what you need to know to be able to perform impact analysis of your rules.

What you will learn:

  • Which stages of a rule’s life are important
  • What traceability means
  • How traceability supports impact analysis

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about rules and their lifecycle
  • To better understand how to manage business rules
  • To understand how traceability supports transparency and compliance

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 Kristen Seer

Kristen Seer

Senior Consultant
Business Rule Solutions, LLC

Kristen Seer is a Senior Consultant with Business Rule Solutions, LLC. She has worked as a business analyst in industries such as retail, pharmaceuticals, insurance, finance, energy and government.

Her practice focuses on helping clients introduce the business rules approach, including setting up centers of excellence, conducting training in harvesting and expressing Business Rules, mentoring business analysts, facilitating sessions to capture business rules, harvesting rules from source documents, redesigning business processes, and analyzing decisions.

Her thirty-year career has encompassed roles as business analyst, rule analyst, data analyst, and project manager. Kristen is a popular speaker at the annual Building Business Capability conference ( and has written several articles published in the Business Rule Journal (

Kristen's 2017 Presentations:

  1. The Life of a Business Rule: Enabling Impact Analysis through Traceability
    Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (3:10 pm – 4:10 pm)

Building Business Capability is the only conference that provides insight into Business Analysis, Business Architecture, Business Process, Business Rules, Business Decisions, and Business Strategy & Transformation toward the pursuit of business excellence.



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