The past decade much attention is given to mindfulness. It emphasises that it is healthy for your brain to be “in the moment” and suggests meditation to control the stress you encounter at work.
The reason for the increased popularity of mindfulness is linked to the impact of the 2008 recession. Many jobs were lost and many employers kept the boat afloat by managing the same workload using fewer people. Obviously, that triggered longer working hours.
At the same time, the success of the iPhone resulted in employees being available 24/7, which made it even less likely to switch off work.
All these years later we can conclude that the shock of the economic downturn is still prevalent today. Who knows what will happen we a new recession kicks off, as we haven’t really recovered from the previous one.
Being mindful to manage your daily stress levels is important, but what can be done to relieve the tension and get breathing space?
Business Rule Framework can provide an almost instant positive effect and reduce stress. This tool converts complex decision making from code into configuration, triggering many advantages and time-saving opportunities.
We can start with a very obvious BRF+ advantage. The main purpose of this tool is to handle complex decision making, which is the most complex part of any development. Put a developer and a business analyst next to each other to implement the same complicated instruction, and in all cases, the business analyst will deliver a correct result much faster via BRF+. The BRF+ configuration generates all the code by pressing a single button. An additional benefit is that these instructions do not require a technical specification, making the time saving even bigger.
You might argue that the workload of the business analyst will increase because the task to implement complex decision making is taken away from the developer. However, you will discover that the simulation capabilities within BRF+ will save you time. Instead of various test cycles triggering numerous code changes, simulated BRF+ expressions and functions do not need further adjustments (unless the business requirements change). Each BRF+ object is a building block that can be tested. As soon as it passes the test then you do not need to retest this again, as you are assured it will remain stable.
You can conclude that Business Rule Framework allows you to become much more efficient and much more productive. You can use that to your advantage to eliminate the need for structural overtime. You can reduce the stress levels of your IT department while you increase the quality of the deliverables.