The 12 Steps of Business Continuity Planning

So, I am writing a complete Business Continuity Planning Governance Guide and Standards manual for one of my clients and it dawned on me that this process really is a neat little building block methodology that might best be simply explained through a “Twelve Days of Christmas”-like presentation.

This is NOT part of the manual I am creating, but, I thought I might share it with you. ┬áSo … here goes …

THE TWELVE STEPS OF BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING

The first step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Defining business processes performed by my company.

The second step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Identifying potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The third step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Assigning Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The fourth step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Inventorying recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The fifth step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
All of these things
Inventorying recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The sixth step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Researching recovery options to achieve
All of these things
Providing the recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The seventh step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Selecting the best recovery strategies
From the researched recovery options to achieve
All of these things
Providing the recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The eighth step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Implementing the recovery capability
For the selected recovery strategies
From the researched recovery options to achieve
All of these things
Providing the recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The ninth step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Documenting the recovery process to
Employ the recovery capability
For the selected recovery strategies
From the researched recovery options to achieve
All of these things
Providing the recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The tenth step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Simulating a recovery effort using the
Documented recovery process to
Employ the recovery capability
For the selected recovery strategies
From the researched recovery options to achieve
All of these things
Providing the recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The eleventh step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Improving the recovery program based on findings from
Simulating a recovery effort using the
Documented recovery process to
Employ the recovery capability
For the selected recovery strategies
From the researched recovery options to achieve
All of these things
Providing the recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

The twelfth step in Business Continuity Planning that Safe Harbor Consulting taught to me is
Ensure everyone knows what we did to
Improve the recovery program based on findings from
Simulating a recovery effort using the
Documented recovery process to
Employ the recovery capability
For the selected recovery strategies
From the researched recovery options to achieve
All of these things
Providing the recovery requirements
Needed to achieve the Recovery Time Objectives
Based on potential impacts from a disaster
To the business processes performed by my company.

Thank you for your input.