BCM & DR: Know Your Requirements!

Have you ever been in the situation where you ask your significant other what they want for dinner but receive the response that sounds non-committal and open ended?  They don’t care what it is; they’ll eat whatever you make only to say they weren’t in the mood for what it was you made for them?  It happens allot I’m sure, just as it happens in the BCM / DR world.  Continue reading

BCM & DR: Managing Expectations

I’ve sat through many meetings between IT and Business Unit (BU) representatives where people assume they know what the other wants or is trying to say; constantly interrupting and providing their own commentary before the other finishes theirs.  Has this ever happened to you and were you the interrupter or the interrupted?  Maybe both depending on the meeting.  It got me thinking that there is often a big gap between what the Business Unit needs (or wants) with that of current technology capability…or understanding. Continue reading

BCM & DR: Awareness & Training Begins at the Start…

Whether you experience good times or bad times, everything is an opportunity to learn and grow.  Too often we seem to wear blinders and trudge full speed ahead hoping we reach our final goal, which if all goes according to plan – and it rarely does – we achieve our aspirations.  But when we get to the destination we often forget what we might have learned along the way, or worse, paid no heed to anything as we moved forward and thus, don’t end up learning anything from our experience.   Learning from our experiences and becoming more aware of what we’re doing happens as we’re actively working on activities, not when we’ve completed them.   Continue reading

BCM & DR: Managing Dependencies and Expectations

Well, it’s that time again when I write about personal experience rather than academic doctrine and how the two end up conflicting and sometimes not providing what you want in the end.

Recently, during a few meeting it was discussed that a new process was required for Senior Management reporting purposes and the manager requesting the process provided some guidelines/requirements on what was needed.  Sounds easy enough. Continue reading

BCM / DR: Getting Agreement on the IT DRP Strategy

When you’re trying to determine your IT DRP strategy, you can have many options open to you and you can’t just dismiss them without good reason.  Identify the pros and cons of each solution and document them so you can see which option is best for you – or at least the top 3 solutions that work best for you and have the best bang for your buck.  Continue reading

Watch Your Step-FRONT COVER

New Book by Business Continuity Management (BCM) Expert A.Alex Fullick – “WATCH YOUR STEP”

A bit late but Happy New Year everyone!  May 2016 bring all you ask for and keep you safe!

We’re very happy to announce that the new book by our Founder A.Alex Fullick is now available for purchase in both physical and ebook version.

This book is a bit different from previous books yet still focused on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning.

When one is trying to start up a Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery program or is having difficulty managing an existing BC /DR program, a practitioner – experienced or new to the field – can and will encounter problems along the way.  This book helps proactively identify what problems to watch our for and identifies early triggers that will come back to cause problems further down the road.  Alex then goes on to provide tips on how to prevent the problems for occurring in the first place and what to do if the issues come to fruition.

“Watch Your Step” is a great volume for any practitioner.   Get your copy online at any Amazon website.

 

Enjoy!

Regards,

The Stone Road Team

 

© StoneRoad 2016

A.Alex Fullick has over 19 years’ experience working in Business Continuity and is the author of numerous books, including “Watch Your Step”, “BIA: Building the Foundation for a Strong Business Continuity Program.”and Testing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans.”

 

 

Reporting DR & BCM Program Status as Red

 

I’ve noticed recently that many individuals working on various projects and programs, including Disaster Planning and Business Continuity, seem afraid to actually communicate some of the difficulties they’re encountering.  Continue reading