Preparing for the Unexpected: Resiliency

Good day everyone!!

Our show for Thursday, August 10, 2017 will focus on Resiliency – a hot topic among BCM and DR professionals.

Join us with guest Ken Simpson (The Resilience Ninja) and hear some very good insights on what Resilience/Resiliency really is….and what it’s not.  We’ll touch base on things such as Black Swan events and Lessons Learned vs Lessons Observed

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/100661/bcm-and-dr-what-is-resiliency

Enjoy!

The StoneRoad Team

 

 

BCM & DR: NAME THE RADIO SHOW!!

As you may know from our last post, our founder Alex Fullick, will be doing an internet radio show on the Talk Radio Network at http://www.voiceamerica.com.

Based on all things Business Continuity Management (BCM) related, such as Disaster Planning, Emergency Management, personal safety (home, privacy…), Crisis Management & Communications, Business Continuity Planning etc. the show hopes to bring the BCM industry awareness to the masses.

But we still need a name!!

Soooo, be creative and provide us a suggested name for the show.

The only guidelines is that is should be short and catchy and easily identifiable to everyone – not just industry practitioners.

We’re looking forward to what you come up with.

 

Regards,

The StoneRoad Team

PS: If the winning suggestion comes from a response provided through this site, we’ll try talk Alex into providing some sort of goodie for ya! 

BCM & DR: People Over Profit

There is an old adage that ‘you can’t put a price on life’ and I personally believe that. No amount of money will every replace a lost life due to a disaster or any other situation. After I recently heard a response to so some questions about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery by a Senior Executive, I’m beginning to think that some organizations actually do put a dollar value on life – even if they don’t know they’re doing. Continue reading

BUSINESS CONTINUITY & DISASTER PLANNING BOOKS BY ALEX FULLICK: eBOOKS / KINDLE VERSIONS NOW AVAILABLE!!

We are happy to announce that ebook / Kindle versions of all books by StoneRoad founder A.Alex Fullick, are now available from Amazon.com (and other Global Amazon sites).

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We hope these information sources help you with your Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery Program efforts. Keep your eyes open for more BCM / DR information sources coming from A.Alex Fullick and StoneRoad.

Happy planning!

 

Regards,

The StoneRoad Team.

PS: Congrats boss!  😉

© StoneRoad 2015

A.Alex Fullick has over 18 years’ experience working in Business Continuity and is the author of numerous books, including “Heads in the Sand” and “BIA: Building the Foundation for a Strong Business Continuity Program.”

 

BC & DR Plans: Don’t Worry About the Fluff

So when was the last time you found what you wanted in a document without having to dig through pages and pages of information? Do you find that so much of what is in the document doesn’t really need to be there? Is it irrelevant? Is it fluff material just so the volume of the document looks good? In many cases it turns out the document is basically built on the foundation of quantity over quality. That means most of the document – the stuff yo don’t need – is just fluff. Continue reading

Hello StoneRoad followers,

We’re thrilled to let you know that two books by our founder, A.Alex Fullick are now back in stock on Amazon.  It was enough to know they’ve sold out a couple of times and now we’re happy they are back and available once more…hopefully no more “Temporarily out of stock” messages for awhile.

1) Business Impact Analysis – Building the Foundation for a Strong Business Continuity Program

http://www.amazon.com/Business-Impact-Analysis-Foundation-Continuity/dp/0981365744/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426202326&sr=1-1&keywords=alex+fullick+in+books

2) Testing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans: How to Plan and Execute Successful Tests

http://www.amazon.com/Testing-Disaster-Recovery-Business-Continuity/dp/0981365752/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426202326&sr=1-2&keywords=alex+fullick+in+books

Well done boss!

The StoneRoad Team (c) 2015 Stone Road Inc

BCP/ IT DRP Plans: Never Consider Them Complete

All organizations with a Business Continuity Management (BCM) or Disaster Recovery (DR) program always strive to have their Business Continuity Plans (BCP) / Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) in a state they can use: in a state they believe will cover them in any and all situations. They want their plans to at least cover the basic minimum so that they can be responsive to any situation. But if an organization takes its program – and related plans – seriously, then these plans are never fully complete.
For a plan to be truly viable and robust, it must be able to address as many possible situations as possible while at the same time must have the flexible enough to adapt to any potential unknown situations. If it’s ‘carved in stone’ it makes a bit tough to adapt the plan to the situation (the situation won’t adapt to your plan).
This flexibility – and it’s maintenance (which keeps the plan alive) – includes incorporating lessons learned captured from news headlines and then incorporating the potential new activities or considerations that may not be in the current BCM / DRP plan. These plans aren’t quick fixes or static responses to disasters; they are ‘living and breathing’ documents that need new information to grow and become robust. This is why they should never be considered as complete; as the organization grows and changes – and the circumstances surrounding the organization changes – so to must the BCM and DRP plans.
It’s like trying to pin a cloud to the sky; it can’t be done. A BCP / DRP plan can’t stand still; it must be flexible, adaptable and continue to grow.
Risk profiles and risk triggers will continue to change as the organization develops and implements its strategic and tactical goals and objectives – the BCM program and plans must be able to follow along to assist in ensuring the organization can respond to a situation that might take them off their strategic path. A good plan or program is not a destination, it’s really a desired state of being where plans and processes are nurtured to grow and expand – it’s not a plateau you reach and then stop.
So if you want the best BCP / DRP plans to address as many situations and scenarios as possible when your organization is hit by a disaster, understand that to ensure they do just that, don’t ever consider the plans complete. Think of them as an entity that needs to grow and needs attention, otherwise when you need your plans, they won’t be able to help you because they’d reflect contingencies and strategies that represent the company when the plan was first developed – which could be years earlier.

© StoneRoad 2014
A.Alex Fullick has over 17 years experience working in Business Continuity and is the author of numerous books, including “Heads in the Sand” and “BIA: Building the Foundation for a Strong Business Continuity Program.”

Regards,

A.Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL | Director, Stone Road Inc. | 1-416-830-4632 | alex@stone-road.com

“Failure isn’t about falling down, failure is staying down…” – Marillion