FREE Business Continuity Exercises
Excerpted From the New Book:
Business Continuity Exercises:
Quick Exercises to Validate Your Plan
By Charlie Maclean-Bristol
These three FREE exercise scripts/guides are time-tested and designed to be easy to conduct in less than an hour each, regardless of your level of experience!
Contingency planning for the Olympic Torch overnight stay at Glasgow airport using Speed Exercising.
Identify Key Stakeholders by Using a Communications Matrix.
Debrief Military Style: With an “After Action Review.”
These exercises and many more one-hour exercises are contained in Charlie Maclean-Bristol’s new book.
After All, An Unexercised Continuity Plan Could Be More Dangerous Than No Plan At All!
Is exercising your continuity program too time-consuming, costly, or difficult to justify in the face of conflicting organizational priorities or senior management buy-in? What if you could use quick, cost-effective, easy exercises to get valuable results with only a relatively modest commitment?
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or just getting started, Charlie Maclean-Bristol provides you with expert guidance, a practical framework, and lots of proven examples, tools, tips, techniques and scenarios to get your business continuity exercise program moving!
You can carry out any of the 18 simple yet effective exercises detailed in this book in less than an hour, regardless of your level of experience. Plus, you will find all the support you will need to produce successful exercises.
Build your teams’ knowledge, experience, confidence and abilities while validating your business continuity program, plans and procedures with these proven resources!
“A great addition to the Business Continuity practitioner’s toolkit! “Charlie’s personality shines through. and his unique approach and many years’ combined experience makes this an easy-to-read, practical guide to running short exercises. Applicable to any organization of any type or size, this book can be used to plan and execute a wide range of exercises for anyone with limited time and budget.
“As we are all being impacted by COVID-19, there is no better time to challenge our assumptions and validate the plans we have. As a profession, we need to reflect on the business continuity arrangements we have in place and ask how effectively they are working. We are faced with the challenge of how we can exercise safely in a socially-distanced work environment, and seeking ways to utilize technology to support this.
“Charlie drives home the importance of continuing to identify lessons from real-life incidents and crises, but more importantly how to learn the lessons and bring them into our plans. Running an exercise, no matter how simple, is always an opportunity to learn.” – Deborah Higgins, Head of Cabinet Office, Emergency Planning College, United Kingdom
“Overall a very interesting & informative, sometimes funny and in-depth publication that will be of great use to a wide audience worldwide I am sure, including me.” – Tim Marjuson, BCM & Crisis Management Consultant and Instructor, Dubai
“Charlie’s new book is a real tour de force of how to exercise Business Continuity Plans and Programs. As a former consultant, I immediately recognized many of the difficulties and pitfalls he has identified. One is the perennial problem of getting buy-in or even interest from senior management. Another is trying to do too much in a single exercise which requires a large number of participants, excessive time commitments from busy managers, complex scenario-building and often difficulty in creating enough challenges to engage non-core attendees. The book neatly deals with many of these issues. I really liked the concept of speed exercising and I can envisage it being both fun and informative.” – Lyndon Bird, Chief Knowledge Officer, DRI International
“Business Continuity Exercising has never received the attention it truly deserves, until now. Charlie’s experience in this area shines through in this volume. Applicable to the novice or the seasoned professional, this book is a welcome addition to the Business Continuity industry. Charlie takes the reader from the basics through to the planning and carrying out of an exercise, which is extremely valuable. Even though I’ve over twenty years’ experience in this area, it helped me to think about areas of Business Continuity I hadn’t considered for some time. The structure of the book, going from planning through to conducting the exercises is well thought out and packed full of useful ideas, with templates and examples throughout the book. It’s a book I would happily recommend for the content, style and detail.” – Gary Hibberd, Professor, Cyberfort Group, UK
“Exercising means many things to many people, and in this context, this book has been written to support the development and delivery of business continuity quick exercises. The book has something to offer everyone, with a range of exercises to suit diverse scenarios and sectors.” – Jacqui Semple, Chair, The Emergency Planning Society, UK
“Charlie Maclean-Bristol captures well the essence of the exercise purpose and process with concise, easy-to-read notes. The challenge, as he rightly points out, is engagement and often the biggest collective corporate block to engagement is complacency.” – James Royds, Independent Consultant: risk, crisis and continuity management, Reading, United Kingdom
“Charlie Maclean-Bristol has provided an excellent guide and toolset for delivering ‘Proof.’ His book Business Continuity Exercises: Quick Exercises to Validate Your Plan provides valuable material across all levels of Business Continuity experience. Simple constructs such as ‘What, So What and Now What’ have a significant power-to-weight ratio: very easy to apply and to deliver significant value to the pursuit of proof. ‘Red-Team-Blue-Team’ is an example of what I call Challenged Collaboration which delivers benefits greater than the sum of the individual participants working the same problem. While the book provides a plethora of clever techniques and scenario suggestions, I was very pleased to see an appropriate focus and depth in the aspects of debriefing and reporting – the realization of the proof and the requirements for improvement. Charlie has added real value to the Business Continuity domain and in doing so, has shown that exercises need not be arduous, drawn out, mysterious or scary.” – Saul Midler, BC+R Executive, Terra Firma Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia