Improve Your Program Initiation and Management Tip #9

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

Tip  # 9 Establish clear communication channels among project members

Do not allow the program to get off course due to poor communication among members.  Try to set up regular team meetings in the same location and at the same time. If possible, book your meeting room for the next year. Establish an escalation process if team members are encountering roadblocks, are not meeting target dates or are missing meetings.

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(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)

Improve Your Program Initiation and Management Tip #8

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

Tip #8 Set realistic target dates and clear accountability for meeting them

Set realistic target dates based upon consultation with your key partners. Obtain their support for meeting these dates. Performance measurement is often missed by many business continuity programs as they overlook establishing critical success factors.

  • Demonstrate the value of your  program.
  • Indicate how you and your stakeholders will measure success.
  • Determine where you need to be in six months, one year, or even five years in order to achieve your overall goals.
  • Verify how often and in what manner you will report results to your program’s stakeholders.

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(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)

Improve Your Program Initiation and Management Tip #7

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

Tip  # 7 Lay out a roadmap for implementation of the program

Frame the implementation. It doesn’t need to be a detailed program plan (that should come later) but it has to demonstrate that you have thought things through.  Outline the program sequence including what needs to happen first and when projects will begin and end. Show how will they rollout across your organisation and indicate who will be responsible for each rollout. List any quick wins.

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(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)

Improve Your Program Initiation and Management Tip #6

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

Tip  # 6 Obtain strong commitments and adequate funding

Again, successful business continuity planning must have executive level support and commitment from key staff. This is a corporate investment and must have a budget that reflects the scope of the program. Make sure to include in your budget money for adequate exercise and maintenance programs. Staff time commitment requirements must also be laid out. Take into account any additional staffing requirement or workload redistribution where business continuity planning responsibilities are added to existing staff.

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(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)

Improve Your Program Initiation and Management Tip #4

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

Tip  # 4 Tie program objectives to the organization’s strategic priorities

Understand  the strategic goals and operational priorities of your establishment. The business  continuity program objectives need to fit into these goals and priorities if  you hope to obtain wide-spread upper management support.

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(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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