“Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. And the nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression”

Sir John Harvey-Jones

Scoping Exercise

Organisations embarking on a business continuity project for the first time are often unclear as to the activities it should involve. Where this is the case, it is beneficial to conduct a scoping exercise, to determine the full extent of the work that needs to be carried out, the relative priorities of the various activities and the likely timescales.

Whether you’re embarking on a business continuity project for the first time, looking to align or certify your programme to the ISO22301 standard, or just need some expert advice and guidance to point you in the right direction, a scoping exercise will help ensure your programme is appropriate to the needs of your organisation, and will help get the project off to the right start.

The scoping exercise involves interviews with key personnel and analysis of relevant documentation to :

  • Determine the existing level of business continuity capability;
  • Assess the level of business continuity awareness within the organisation;
  • Identify the steps required to implement an appropriate business continuity programme;
  • Estimate project timescales and resource requirements (internal and external);
  • Identify budget costs;
  • Provide an outline project plan.

On completion of the review a report is produced, which includes the above findings and recommendations and provides a road-map of activity.

A business continuity project can seem a bit daunting if you’ve never done it before. But here’s a question : how do you eat an elephant? Answer : one piece at a time.

The trick is in knowing how to carve up your elephant into manageable pieces and how and when to tuck into each piece.

Can We Help?

If you need some help with your ‘menu planning’, give us a call on +44 (0)1386 834455 or email us at info@acumen-bcp.co.uk and we’ll help you get your project moving in the right direction.

What Our Clients Say

I have had the pleasure of working with Andy from Acumen for over 20 years and I can vouch for his total professionalism and vast BC knowledge. He is my sounding board on all aspects of BCM and has always been my first checkpoint in ensuring that my BC process is both sound and robust.

Kevin Bennett
Former Business Continuity Manager (retired)