Business Continuity Plan Development: Step-by-Step

Business Continuity Plan Development

Developing and deploying a business continuity plan is well within the capabilities of most organisations - engaging external consultants and attending expensive external training courses is rarely necessary. You know and understand your organisation, it's customers, products and services much better than any outsider. With access to the right guidance and the right tools for the job, most organisations find that business continuity plan development is something they can do for themselves.  From this website you will able to access video based training that will guide you through the key stages of business continuity plan development - showing you completed examples of the components of an effective business continuity plan at every step. You will also be able to access business continuity planning templates to accelerate the development activities as well as on-line one-to-one business continuity plan development coaching.  

Our overriding objective is to make the process of business continuity planning accessible, understandable and straightforward. We do this by avoiding jargon and showing you (rather than just telling you) how to complete the various stages of business continuity plan development. Although developing a business continuity plan is not a trivial task for any organisation, it does not have to be an expensive, complex and protracted exercise   - it can be done with your own internal resources.

 

If you are ready to start - then take a look at the introductory video below - it's roughly 13 minutes long and will provide you with an overview of our approach and the course content.  The main course consists of 3 modules and lasts for around 90 minutes

  • The main module, "Building the Business Continuity Plan" is just under an hour and will take you through each stage of the business continuity plan development process and show you examples of templates that you can use to ensure that you have captured all of the necessary information in the mosts concise and usable way

  • Module 2 covers Incident or Crisis Management. This is an integral part of a business continuity plan, but whereas a business continuity plan covers the tactical responses required to recover from an operational disruption, Incident or Crisis Management focuses on the organisation that's in place and actions to be taken to protect the organisations brand and reputation during a crisis. 

  • Module 3 takes you through the process of business continuity plan oversight, assurance and awareness and gives you a framework for ensuring that your business continuity plan stays fit for purpose and that everyone in your organisation will know what to do if disaster strikes

When you have completed the course, you can always get help and support with any questions you may have on course content or the business continuity plan templates by using our forum (which is included with the video subscription).

Business Continuity Plan Development - our services

We help organisations to develop business continuity plans and their business continuity expertise by providing 3 levels of service. This flexibility allows our customers to manage their spend without making large financial commitments at the outset. The structure of our business continuity services provides a low-cost entry point with additional services that can be purchased as required.

- Our entry level offering is our business continuity plan development training video. This is available on-demand with no limits on views or attendees. 

- Over the years we have developed a number of planning templates that accelerate the business continuity plan development process and ensure that you create quality content for each stage of the business continuity plan development process. Animated demonstrations of each are shown in the business continuity planning video) and if you think they can help you, you can purchase and download them.  We have provided examples of the business continuity plan templates for your further information

- Our coaching service provides a personal touch which enables us to engage with you directly over a video conference link to provide detailed advice and feedback on any aspect of your business continuity plan

On-Demand Training Video

No more classrooms and no more "per person" delegate fees. Our on-demand video training course allows you to be trained at you pace and with no restriction on number of participants or views.  This overview of the content of the business continuity plan  training course provides further detail of the scope of the  course

Business Continuity Plan Templates

You can significantly accelerate the business continuity plan development  process by using the templates that we demonstrate  in the training video. They can be downloaded and re-used as many times as needed. These templates will help you build a business continuity plan that will stand up to external scrutiny and regulatory requirements. Here  are examples of the business continuity plan templates 

Business Continuity Coaching Services

Sometimes it's helpful to speak to a specialist during the development process. Our Business Continuity plan Development coaching service provides you with the option to get face to face guidance when you need it and at a time that's convenient to you.  Click this link for more detail on our coaching service

 

Business Continuity Plan Training Video: Introduction

The Business Continuity Plan Step-by-Step video is available on a subscription plan.  You have the option to subscribe for unlimited access for just one month or for three months . Visit our services and pricing page for details of training and support subscription and  the business continuity plan templates page for secure purchase options

Risk Free Business Continuity Plan Development

Many organisations turn to external providers for training and/or consultancy support to get help with developing their business continuity plan.  In so many cases these services don’t quite deliver: training courses require you (and sometimes several colleagues) to sit in classrooms for days and then send you on your way with little more than a pile of presentation slides.  “Getting a consultant in” can often result in paying for work that could have been undertaken by your own staff – if they had access to quality guidance at key stages.  Most organisations are capable of developing business continuity plans on their own – providing their people can get the guidance they need and the tools for the job.

The big concern for many organisations is that they will pay for something that you either do not need or which does not deliver on its promises. Our approach is completely risk free. Our introductory video lets you see the a sample of course content and our approach to building business continuity plans before you make any commitment. There are no limits on attendees for the training video . Use the video as many times as you want.  This is not a preachy “why you need a business continuity plan video – it shows you how to create a business continuity plan in a few practical steps with worked examples of each major part of the plan. You won’t see a “talking head” with a back-drop of bland bullet points - you’ll be receive a detailed walkthrough of an example business continuity plan.

 

As we explain WHAT needs to go into a business continuity plan, at the end the end of each stage we will also SHOW you how to do it with  animated, worked examples of each step - in other words we'll show you what each stage of your business continuity plan should look like when it's completed.   The content shown in the video is supported by a tool-set of business continuity plan templates which you then have the option (but not the obligation) to purchase and download - and, as you will have seen every template in action within the video, you'll know exactly what you are buying. You'll see the button to purchase the templates next to the video.

All of the templates that we show in our free training video are available for download so that you can customise them for your own purposes. Our training video goes through each stage of business continuity plan development, including:

Building the business continuity plan - providing you with a step by step approach to business continuity plan development.  In this module we cover establishing your business continuity priorities, building core capabilities for resilience and response, creating functional (or departmental) business continuity plans and finally the development of a communications framework which is the "glue" that holds your organisation together when disaster strikes. 

 

Incident management. Is the part of your plan which protects your reputation and brand during a crisis. This part of your business continuity plan will support the initial stages of incident discovery and response, helping you to establish a protocol for escalation and for getting command and control of an incident situation and then deciding which aspects of the business continuity plan need to be activated 

 

The final module, Oversight, assurance & awareness, shows you how to develop a framework that makes sure that your business continuity plan remains up to date and generally fit for purpose.

 

The  video is around 1.5 hours hour long and will walk you through each stage of the business continuity plan development process. Each stage has one or more plan development templates associated with it - each business continuity planning step that we cover has a tool to support it.    On completion of the video you will have all of the knowledge you need to develop a comprehensive business continuity plan for your organisation.  The extensive use of business continuity plan templates accelerates your learning curve, saving you the time and expense of attending external, class-room based training courses.

 

The section below gives a brief description of the topics covered in our business continuity plan development video and an overview of the business continuity plan templates associated with training video . Alternatively, you can now return to watch the video

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