Improve Your Business Impact Analysis tip 6 – Past experience

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 #5 Determine if previous events have resulted in an operational interruption

Find out if the organization has had an outage previously. Delve into their response, recovery and impact.

  • How long did it last?
  • What was the financial, operational or reputational impact on the organization?
  • Who took charge?
  • How did upper management feel about the event? Employees? Clients?

Use this experience to start participants thinking about the duration before an interruption becomes intolerable.

Return tomorrow for our next 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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