Spring World 2015

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Volume 27, Issue 3

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Pre Conference Classes


DRJ has arranged for pre- and post-conference courses to add to the learning opportunities. For information on DRII courses, click here.

These intense classes offer additional learning time before or after the conference starts/ends! Separate registration and fees apply. Earn up to 16 CEUs per class by attending a pre- conferenceor post-conference course.

Pre-Conference Workshops

  • PRC-1: Successful Exercise ($875)
  • PRC-2: BC Management for Exec ($595)
  • PRC-3: Basics of BCP ($595)
  • PRC-4: Command Center ($695)
  • PRC-5: Current Assessment ($795)
  • PRC-6: BC Review and Conf Prep ($795)
  • PRC-7: Outrageously Effective Plan ($695/$545)

Pre Conference Courses

These intense classes offer additional learning time before the conference starts! Separate registration and fees apply.

Earn up to 16 CEUs per class by attending a pre- conference or post-conference course.


PRC-1: Everything You Need To Know to Design The Successful Exercise
Sat., March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday., March 30, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
$875 per person
Presenter: Regina Phelps

Learn from the exercise master – Regina Phelps conducts 50+ exercises a year! Do you have a plan but have not yet tested it? You might discover that your document is less than sufficient. There are really only two ways to find that out. One is to have an actual disaster; the other is to do an exercise. The latter is usually a better learning experience and certainly a lot less stressful! The workshop details everything you need to do to design a successful exercise from the ground up. You will walk out of this workshop with your next exercise planned and under your arm!

• Five types of exercises
• Exercise Design Team
• The development of the Exercise Plan
• Selecting & Training a Sim Team
• Rules of exercise facilitation
• Participate in two advanced tabletop exercises
• Develop the outline for your own tabletop exercise

Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, a consulting and training firm.

PRC-2: Business Continuity Management for Executives, Management, DR/BC Coordinators
Sat., March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sun., March 30, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
$595 per person
Presenter: Rick Wellman

This workshop is designed for executives, IT directors and managers, disaster recovery and business continuity staff, or anyone who wants to understand business continuity management. The workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the business continuity management process and step-by-step program management methodology. It is based on industry best practices and guidelines for the seven phases of business continuity program management: Phase A: Program Initiation; Phase B: Program Planning; Phase C: Program Functional Requirements Analysis; Phase D: Program Design and Development; Phase E: Program Implementation and Testing; Phase F: Program Maintenance and Phase G: BC Plan Execution
The workshop is consistent with international standards, guidelines, and best-practices such as BS 25999, ISO/IEC 17799, and NFPA 1600.
Students will gain an understanding of each program management phase and how to effectively plan, guide, and coordinate tasks and activities within each phase. Through this course, students will gain a solid understanding of the methods to address challenges and complexities associated with managing a business continuity program.
·For more information on this course and outline, please visit www.sentryx.com or call 1-800-869-8460.

Rick Wellman, a senior business continuity and resilience trainer and consultant for Sentryx, is a highly skilled subject matter expert with more than 25 years of training and consulting experience.

PRC-3: Basics of BCP and EM for Private and Public Sectors
Sat., March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595 per person
Presenters: Dr. Tom Phelan
Deidrich Towne, Jr., CBCP

Basic principles and components are required learning for all business continuity and emergency or incident management personnel. In this course, basic outlines for planning, facilitating, assessing and evaluating corporate or public business continuity and incident management plans will be discussed. From gathering input for each plan to effectively managing a Crisis Response Team, basic concepts and checklists are essential. Bring your concerns to two experienced consultants and the PPBI network that will be available to you from this course.

Dr. Thomas D. Phelan, president, Strategic Teaching Associates, Inc., is a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Deidrich E. Towne, Jr. CBCP is senior technical consultant for Forsythe. He has more than 35 years experience in Information Technology.

PRC-4: The Command Center
Sat., March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun., March 30, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
$695 per person
Presenters: Norm Harris, CBCP
Tracy Cowan, CBCP


If a disaster occurred and your organization/company was forced to implement their DR/BC Plan could you do it and would it be effective? It is critical to keep control of the situation during this pressure-packed time. If you are to maintain control you need to assure that all teams involved are receiving accurate information about the situation and are given proper instructions to follow.
They must communicate with each other. This is where having a well-organized and effective command center, your nerve center, comes in. Without it you are just “flying by the seat of your pants”, passing out information and giving instructions in haphazard ways.
This detailed training class/workshop is a hands-on consultative approach that leads the participants through the command center process. You’ll gain valuable knowledge and receive cutting edge material focused on recovery efforts.
Building an effective command center can be challenging enough but doing it efficiently and economically is even a bigger challenge. You can’t afford to miss this “all new class.” Sign up early as setting is limited.

Norm Harris, CBCP, Certified Recovery Planner, chairman, president and CEO of Norman L. Harris & Assc., is recognized as a leader in information technology management and disaster recovery.
Tracy Lee Cowan, CBCP, CRP is business continuity/disaster recovery consultant for ICSI Consulting Services, Inc.

PRC-5: Current State Assessment
Sat., March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun., March 30, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
$795 per person
Presenters: Barry Pruitt
Michael Herrera, CBCP


The Current State Assessment serves as an objective means of measuring the effectiveness and maturity level of the BCP program over time. Benefits that the CSA provides include:

• Know the level of organization maturity
• Identify the target level of BCP Maturity and meet corporate requirements
• Map program gaps and exposures
• Roadmap evolutions over time to reach your target maturity

Gain confidence in the CSA process for interviews, reviews, to determine preparedness levels, identify gaps, and document an appropriate action plan/roadmap to achieve the level of sophistication and maturity required by the organization. The CSA questionnaire scores crisis management, business resumption, DR and enterprise capabilities based on: governance, project management, policies and standards, impact analysis, risk & threat assessment, change management, escalation & notification, data backup & offsite storage, recovery strategies, event management, recovery plans, and planned growth.
The CSA output score places business resumption, disaster recovery and the enterprise elements in one of six maturity levels and leads to an Action Plan/Roadmap outlining the tasks to raise the sophistication/maturity of each program element. It also assists in calculating a predicted maturity level score .
Leave this class with an Action Plan/Roadmap Template. Each attendee will receive a CD of class materials plus the CSA tool to evaluate their BCP program!

Barry Pruitt has 22 years experience managing major projects, teaches at USC School of Business, and has experienced a major business interruption.
Michael Herrera, CBCP, is the president/CEO of MHA Consulting Inc., has more than 16 years BCP consulting and training experience.

PRC-6: Be Prepared! The BC Review and Conference Prep Course
Sat., March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun., March 30, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
$795 per person
Presenters: Randall Till, CBCP

The bottom line of the business continuity community is to “Be Prepared!”. So why not practice what we preach and be prepared to get the most value for your time and investment in the business continuity conference by taking “Be Prepared! The Business Continuity Review and Conference Prep Course”. We’ve designed the pre-conference course to provide you with both an interactive learning environemnt and a comprehensive review of leading business continuity practices and concepts guiding the industry today.
“Be Prepared” will provide a comprehensive review of the strategies and processes required to develop a strong business continuity program. We will review the conference agenda as a guide in helping you prep for the week at DRJ. You will not only gain a deeper understanding of the key subject areas and issues of importance in the industry today, but you’ll be better able to pick and choose the sessions that will most benefit both you and your organization. Plus, you’ll go into each session better prepared to understand the topics, ask the questions you need answered, and solicit the insights that will enable you to become a more valuable asset to your business continuity team and to your organization.
Be prepared to maximize your time and investment in the BC conference by signing up for “Be Prepared! The Business Continuity Review and Conference Prep Course”.

Randall Till, CBCP, has more than 20 years’ experience as a business continuity planner and has been a certified instructor in the field for more than 10 years. He serves on the executive board of the Disaster Recovery Journal and is the co-chair for the Business Continuity Standing Committee of the Financial Services Technology Consortium.

PRC-7: Outrageously Effective Recovery Plan In Six Steps
Sat., March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun., March 30, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
$695 per person; $545 if taking both Spring 08 Binomial courses
Presenter: Skip Williams

BONUS: Binomial’s Phoenix Software Suite Included!

Based on a combination of the Disaster Recovery Journal’s (DRJ) Generally Accepted Practices (GAP) and 25 years of experience, Binomial’s pre-conference class is the perfect way to get a fundamental understanding of the process of recovery planning, and the hands-on experience to make a successful plan.
Binomial will lead you through the first six steps of the DRJ’s industry accepted Generally Accepted Practices, teaching you the basics from “Project Initiation and Management” to “Developing Business Continuity”.
The class uses Binomial’s highly successful Phoenix software. The software is yours to keep at the end of class.
Bundle the class with Binomial Post conference class to learn all ten Best Practices Steps and save $300! Must attend both pre- and post Binomial courses at Spring World 08 to be eligible for the discount.
For more information about Binomial or the DRJ’s Generally Accepted Practices go to www.Binomial.com or call 888-BINOMIAL

Skip Williams has delivered seminars and developed recovery plans for clients in a wide variety of business sectors including financial, biotech, manufacturing, marketing, government, power generation and insurance.