Ambiguity in Definitions

Ambiguity in Definitions

I review many data models throughout the year using the Data Model Scorecard technique, and over 95% of the entity and attribute definitions reviewed lack precision. There are certain terms in a definition that, if not explained, automatically make the definition imprecise and vague. The terms I look for include:

  • “Generally”
  • “Sometimes”
  • “Normally”
  • “Most of the time”
  • “With few exception”

What terms in a definition do you look for that scream ambiguity?