Improve Your Program Initiation and Management Tip #3

This series outlines ten tips that can be used to improve your program initiation and management.

Tip  # 3 Develop a Strong Policy and Governance Structure

The policy must contain every aspect of the program including a:

  • Risk evaluation and control
  • Business Impact Analysis
  • Comprehensive set of plans (including emergency response, recovery, restoration and crisis communications)
  • Training and awareness program
  • Annual Exercise
  • Audit
  • Maintenance program

The business continuity program scope and objectives must be included in the policy. Policy language should spell-out the classical plan; do; check; act cycle and indicate that business continuity management is a continual process.

Do not forget to perform a project risk assessment. Before you start looking for risks to  the organization’s critical processes, look for risks to the success of your business continuity management program.

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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