Understanding BCP Project Elements
Before a BCP project can begin, everyone on the project team has to make and understand some basic definitions and assumptions. These critical items include
Senior management support: The development of a Business Continuity Plan is time consuming, with no immediate or tangible return on investment (ROI). If you want a successful BCP project, you need the support of the organization’s senior management, including adequate budget, manpower, and visible statements backing the project. Senior management needs to make explicit statements identifying the responsible parties, as well as the importance of the BCP project, budget, priorities, urgency, and timing.
Senior management involvement: Senior management can’t just bless the BCP project. Because senior managers and directors may have implicit and explicit responsibility for the organization’s ability to recover from a disaster, senior management needs to have a degree of direct involvement in the BCP effort. The careers that these people save may be their own.
Project team membership: Which people do you want to put on the BCP project team? The team must represent all relevant functions and business ...