Don't just download a business continuity plan

Blog post   •   Oct 04, 2016 15:29 BST

Writing a business continuity plan is a piece of cake these days, isn't it? A quick trawl of the internet will turn up several plan templates that you can download, or you could try and get hold of another organization's plan from one of your friends or acquaintances. Then all you need to do is to insert your organization's name and contact details and Bob's your uncle, there's your plan.

Clearly this is utter nonsense! However, it's surprising, if not a mite worrying, that some people actually adopt this approach. But it's missing the point somewhat. And the point is that there's a huge difference between a business continuity capability and a business continuity plan.

Developing that capability means planning as opposed to just writing a plan. It means having a strategy and implementing solutions. And, amongst other things, it means involvement from the business, education and awareness and exercising and testing, to develop, instil and prove that capability.

Filling in your details in someone else's document might make you feel like you've got a plan. Just don't expect it to actually work when you need it will you?

Andy Osborne is the Consultancy Director at Acumen, and author of Practical Business Continuity Management. You can follow him on Twitter and his blog or link up with him on LinkedIn.