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5 Clichs About Business Continuity

Management You Should Avoid


Jan 26, 2017 1:29:30 PM / by Melissa Tucker Griner

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Business Continuity Management has tremendously evolved since it originated in


the 70s but some common clichs are still lurking in the shadows. Avoid these 5
mistakes to create a successful business continuity management program that is
objective, consistent & repeatable.

1. Every business continuity program is the same


Dont fall into the trap of one size fits all or This is how we did it at my last
company so lets go! Is it possible that all the factors that went into the success
you had with your last employer will come together at this organization? Sure, why
not! Should you bank your career on that happening? Hmmm, maybe not. Each
organization has its own unique best fit framework for a sustainable resilience
program.
Define business continuity/organizational resilience as it relates to your
organization or industry. Every organization has unique needs & priorities that vary
based on industry, geographic location & resources.

2. Only BC professionals need to be included in the


process
Dont go it alone and accept the responsibility of launching a program without
senior leadership support. Getting senior leadership initially engaged can be
difficult. What keeps your CEO up at night? Quantify the total financial impact with
the cost of a disruption or large scale disaster to really make them sweat.

3. We'll let each plan owner determine their


recovery time objectives
If youre not in a regulated industry and youre launching the program slowly to
demonstrate its value to the organization, go ahead! However, if you are in a
regulated sector or if you do have executive support, you may want to consider a
different approach. We call it the Executive BIA or eBIA for short. Using this
approach, our consultants guarantee you can dramatically reduce the work effort
of generating functional or dependency recovery time objectives (RTOs).
Don't let each site (division, business unit) stand up its own program. There needs
to be consistency and cohesiveness throughout your organization to maintain a
connection & common thread.

4. We don't need a practice run, let's just launch!


Resist the temptation to simply get er done. Leave that to the Cable Guy. Even
when challenged by executives to meet an arbitrary deadline, make time to pilot
the method, the tools, and your support model. You will find things that need to be
changed before the final launch and invariably learn something(s) that will save
time, money, and possibly your job.

5. All your BCM needs will be solved by


program software
It is so tempting to think that all we need is the right tool and all will be fine. Our
plan owners will adopt it and the program will move forward and be sustained for
years. If only it was that simple.
Software is powerful, but it only works as well as your overarching continuity
management plan & the data you put into it. For a program to be sustainable, it
must first:

communicate with data & systems

gain commitment from senior leadership

build enterprise wide engagement

Then, the software you choose should not only match how you deploy your
business continuity/resilience program today, it should also be easily altered over
time to adapt to the changing maturity of your program.

Conclusion:

I hope this has been helpful knowing some of the clichs of business continuity
management. Many BC professionals before you have succumb to their treachery
but I hope you can avoid these mistakes and get optimal results from your
business continuity & resiliency plan. If you have questions, or want to learn more
about business continuity management tools or Virtual Corporation, feel free to
contact me.
Topics: Resilience, organizational resilience, business continuity, disaster
recovery, BCMM

Written by Melissa Tucker Griner


Melissa is an amazing digital marketer in the business continuity industry. She is
Virtual Corporation's social media expert, event planner & eternal optimist. Stop by
& see Melissa at BC industry events. She will always greet you with a smile, some
great BC tips & maybe even a fun giveaway.