Monday, 16 April 2012

Surviving a Crisis - Business Continuity

What is a crisis? Anything that interrupts your business - in particular anything which impacts your organisation's ability to generate or maintain revenue. Specifically this is any event that impacts the delivery of the organisation's products and services.

Your organisation is under threat and it's not all about air crashes, bombs and major floods. The key to effective business continuity management is recognising the more mundane and more likely threats to your business. 

You can then define how the organisation will respond to these, in the form of a policy. 

Such a policy will:

  • Identify the Critical Activities for the organisation
  • List the key threats to delivery of products and services
  • Describe the procedure for invoking Business Continuity Plans
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities for Business Continuity Plans
  • Set out the context for and gives general guidance on the delivery of critical activities during a disruption.

A typical structure or template for a Business Continuity Policy will look like the example below:

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A map is available that provides a guide to creating your own Business Continuity Policy. It may also be used as a template or checklist and exported to Word.

The map is available at Biggerplate at Business Continuity Policy - Guide and Template.

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