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Ready, Set, Exercise! How to Conduct a Successful BCP/DRP Exercise

Written by  Steve Goldman July 22, 2013

Steve GoldmanThe following are the responses are from Dr. Steve Goldman. His Sunday workshop is Ready, Set, Exercise! How to Develop and Conduct a Successful BCP/DRP Exercise

Disaster Recovery Journal: What does your session cover?

Steve Goldman I describe how to set up and conduct a successful BCP/DRP exercise. Students will master the aspects of effective exercise preparation, execution, critique, and follow-up. Based upon my 30+ years experience in developing and conducting all types of exercises, I also help participants avoid common pitfalls during the development process and how to anticipate and resolve potential problems during the exercise. We have interactive activities where students conceive exercise scenario ideas and then later develop exercise timelines. Plus, I discuss the single most important element of a successful drill and exercise program, and hand out examples as prizes! No other session does this.

Disaster Recovery Journal: What will attendees take away from this session and how can they implement it into their organization?

Goldman: Attendees of my exercise development sessions have told me that when they return to their offices, they immediately implement what they have learned into their drill and exercise programs. Some have said they incorporate several “golden nuggets” learned and others have revamped their programs based upon my “Exercise Planning Checklist” handout. Students will also have 100+ ideas for drill and exercise scenarios that can be used immediately for their next drill/exercise. Several students have also improved the reality of their exercises based upon what they learned at my session.

Disaster Recovery Journal:Disaster Recovery Journal: What are the benefits of having face-to-face training at a conference?

Goldman: My doctorate is in education, so I understand how people learn. And people learn three ways: aural (hearing), visual (seeing), and experiential (being involved). DRJ conference face-to-face training sessions offer all three. Further, attendees can question the speakers at the sessions in real time. Another huge benefit is the face-to-face networking, whether at the sessions or at the after-hours activities. DRJ conference attendees range from BCP/IT neophytes to old pros like me. Everyone is willing to share information, experiences, and lessons-learned. Finally there is the Exhibit Hall where the face-to-face interactions with the vendors and products are valuable.

Disaster Recovery Journal:Disaster Recovery Journal: What are some of the most challenging issues business continuity planners face and how can Fall World 2013 help with these?

Goldman: THE most challenging issue today remains the same one that business continuity planners faced since the beginning of time: Obtaining Management Support. Management support generally seems to be increasing over the years, but resistance to BC planning remains. BCP or DRP practitioners can either obtain or increase management support at Fall World 2013 very simply: ask at the networking activities! DRJ Conference attendees range from BCP/IT neophytes to old pros like me. Everyone is willing to share information, experiences, and lessons-learned. Find out what other companies have done - either successfully or not – and apply it to your organization.

Sunday Workshop Session 4: Ready, Set, Exercise! How to Conduct a Successful BCP/DRP Exercise