10 ways to improve Business Continuity Plan Exercise, Audit, and Maintenance – tip 6 create realism

Your organization has now invested valuable time and money developing business continuity plans. As a professional business continuity planner, you know that the next steps – exercising, auditing and maintaining the business continuity plans – are all important to successful resilience in the event of a disaster. In this article, I will provide 10 tips to advance your business continuity plan exercise, audit and maintenance program.

Tip # 6 Create Realism for the Participants

Realism can make a positive lasting impression on the participants increasing their knowledge retention as well as your credibility. Add authenticity by creating news broadcasts, radio weather warnings, or video footage. Be imaginative in injecting details through actual telephone calls or e-mails, or even an interactive web portal. Hold mock interviews with journalists, emergency services personnel, suppliers, customers or other interested parties. Realistic details will make things easier and more relevant to your teams.

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice Eight – Business Continuity Plan Exercise, Audit, and Maintenance DRII Professional Practices June 1, 2012 Version 1)

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

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