Robert Eaman

Around midnight in college on the day before his 300-level English paper was due, Rob’s WordPerfect 5.1 screen froze, and the floppy disk-based backup copy turned out to be corrupted. Rob had to spend the next 4 hours consoling himself while retyping his paper. Heartbroken, Rob swore to spend the rest of his life mastering technology, and to helping others do the same. The years since that fateful day have seen Rob spend time mastering adult education, Microsoft products, communication, and consulting. Rob has not lost a significant work product since that day.

Apart from Rob’s work as a core ROAD (Rules Oriented Architecture and Application Development) team member, Rob teaches InRule’s Rule Authoring courses, consults on customer projects, works on forum requests, and develops materials for new authors.

When he’s not at InRule, Rob can be found spending time with his wife and his two sons, improving his chess game, studying philosophy, reading about body language, and rooting on his hometown Chicago Bears.

Recent Posts


Robert Eaman | 10/10/2017

Rob Eaman, Senior Rules Analyst and ROAD team member, explains the InRule approach to harvesting business rules from existing rule artifacts. Read More

Ordering the Operations - Execution Patterns in irAuthor®

Robert Eaman | 8/15/2017

Rob Eaman explains how to better understand the order of operations in InRule®. Read More

Bridging the Gap Between Business Analysis and Technology

Robert Eaman | 11/11/2016

Rob Eaman gives us his thoughts after attending this years' Building Business Continuity (BBC) Conference and offers helpful suggestions to Business Analysts working with developers and project managers. Read More

Rule Application Patterns, Part II: Collection Aggregation – The Sum of Counts

Robert Eaman | 7/27/2016

Rob Eaman is back at it with Part II of our Rule Application Patterns series. In this edition, Rob discuses nesting an aggregate function inside another aggregate function. Read More

Rule Application Patterns, Part I: Adding Members to a Collection Using Vocabulary and Explicit Rule Sets

Robert Eaman | 6/29/2016

In part one of our new series, Rule Application Patterns, Rob Eaman walks us through how to add members to a collection of messages by using both vocabulary and explicit rule sets. Read More

Chicago’s New Property Tax is Impossible to Implement?

Robert Eaman | 11/2/2015

The City of Chicago recently approved a property tax hike and Cook County executives say it's not possible to implement the changes to the tax logic. Enter InRule... Rob Eaman explains. Read More

GI≠GO: When Garbage in Doesn’t Equal Garbage Out

Robert Eaman | 9/14/2015

Rob Eaman addresses why "Garbage In" doesn't always equal "Garbage Out". Read More

Contest: NBA Game Predictor

Robert Eaman | 4/17/2015

Rob Eaman throws down the gauntlet again! Check out our latest contest tied to the NBA playoffs and you may just win a $20 Starbucks gift card. Read More

Challenge: Werewolves!

Robert Eaman | 10/20/2014

As Halloween approaches, Rob Eaman issues the first thinkinginrules reader challenge! Two lucky winners will be rewarded for creating an InRule rule application that computes the risks of meeting a werewolf. Read More

Can Learning InRule be Taxing?

Robert Eaman | 7/14/2014

Rob Eaman, one of the newest InRulians, decided to learn InRule by creating his own rule application. He chose to create a ruleapp that would make sense of "the byzantine, confusing Chicago retail food tax codes." Read More