Improve Your Program Initiation and Management Tip #1

As the foundation of Business Continuity Management at your organization, a solid program initiation can help you to avoid many structural issues later on. While you may be eager to demonstrate progress,  investing sufficient time and energy into program planning will help to avoid costly delays and remove obstacles. This series will outline ten tips that can be  used to improve your program initiation and management.

Tip  # 1 Assess current state of the business continuity program

You must be able to clearly describe where your business continuity program currently stands.

  • Clarify whether any business continuity plans exist and when they were written.
  • Examine how your organization currently manages corporate  risks and how this is evolving.
  • Determine how comfortable upper management is  with their risk management maturity level.
  • Outline what has changed in the risk  and business environment that warrants a change in the company business continuity program.
  • Find out what peer organisations are doing and whether the public, regulators or shareholders would be satisfied with your entity’s current state of business resiliency.

The  executive sponsor will need this information in order to grant robust support.

Return tomorrow for our next tip…

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice One – Program Initiation and Management DRII Professional Practices  June 1, 2012 Version 1)

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