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July 8, 2013

Words matter: why use ‘exercise’ instead of ‘test’?

By Ray Abide

In the past, I have mostly referred to the activity in which participants are assembled to work through a simulated business continuity event in order to determine their familiarity with the plan, its completeness, and perform their individual roles to recover from a given scenario as a business continuity plan test. Sometimes I have interchangeably used the term ‘exercise’ or ‘simulation’ instead of ‘test’.

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