Improve Your Business Impact Analysis tip 2 – executive commitment

A successful Business Impact Analysis (BIA) will harness knowledge from throughout the organization to compile accurate comprehensive data needed create practical business continuity plans. These tips will help the business continuity management professional focus their efforts on collecting valid data from credible sources.

Tip #2 Obtain written executive commitment for the BIA

Many people in your organization will be involved at this stage.  To obtain their valuable time and cooperation a short letter or e-mail from your executive sponsor can be very effective. This can be attached to the survey or invitation to a workshop or distributed to each participant individually.

Have the executive sponsor sign off on the scope and objectives of the BIA as well as on every milestone as it is reached. Course corrections along the way will ensure that you arrive at the right destination.

Design a methodology to gather the information required to fulfil your objectives. Test the methodology with a small team to help validate the data gathering process.

Return tomorrow for our final tip on Business Impact Analysis (BIA).

(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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