Improve your Business Continuity Strategies tip 1 – All-hazards

‘When planning for war, I have always found plans to be useless, but planning to be invaluable.’ General Eisenhower

Your program is now moving along smoothly. The risk evaluation and the business impact analysis (BIA) have produced valuable information and senior management has signed off on your recovery time and return point objectives.  Now you must establish how your organization will meet these objectives. These ten tips will hone your skills at devising business continuity strategies for your organization.

Tip# 1 Build strategies based upon the needs outlined in the BIA, not on a specific disaster

Building a continuity strategy based upon a specific scenario is often cited as a reason for the failure of planning.  The all-risk plan focuses on the possible effects of a disaster and uses the BIA data. Evaluate possible strategies that will meet minimum service levels, return point and return time objectives and rescue or restore critical resources. Ensure loss of people, of technology, of information and of the workplace are taken into consideration when developing the strategy. If there is an existing business continuity strategy, conduct a ‘gap analysis’ to identify where current performance is measured against the required performance as outlined in the BIA.

Return tomorrow for our next tip on Business Continuity Strategies.

(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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