Business Continuity Tip of the Month

How do you eat an elephant?

Despite the best efforts of some dodgy characters to convince you otherwise, business continuity management isn’t actually rocket science. But despite the fact that the process is relatively straightforward, it can seem a bit daunting to the newcomer as there is a fair amount of stuff to consider.

But ask yourself this question : how do you eat an elephant? The answer is : one piece at a time. The trick is to carve up the elephant into manageable slices.

There are several distinct slices within the business continuity management life cycle, including analysis, strategy implementation, plan development, exercising and testing, awareness, and so forth. And each of these can be sliced up further, into activities such as business impact and risk assessment, crisis management team selection, IT or business recovery planning and training, to name but a few. And several of these could be further sub-divided by location or business unit if appropriate to the organisation in question.

In fact, there’s any number of ways that the business continuity elephant can be sliced and diced, allowing discrete and manageable chunks to be assigned to various ‘diners’. The trick is to give priority, particularly in the early stages, to those that give the best return for the effort put in (see ‘Out of order?‘ and ‘Going for gold?‘). And that means just a little bit of menu planning, before launching into the first course.



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