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Testing your BC or DR Plan: What Would Confucius Say?

Written by  Dr. STEVE GOLDMAN January 14, 2013

An exercise of the elements of a business continuity or disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan is an important aspect of an organization’s emergency preparedness. A BC/DR plan exercise validates the plan and procedures, tests/trains responders in simulated real conditions, and provides feedback to the plan developers. An exercise also can explore the ramifications of the crisis on the organizations involved. More importantly, an exercise helps answer the basic question,“Will my BC (or DR) plan actually work?” What Would Confucius Say? There is another important reason why you must test your BC/DR plans, as those of you who have attended my DRJ workshops have learned. As the Chinese philosopher/reformer Confucius (551-479 BC) stated so well: I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Think about Confucius’ wisdom when you learned how to ride a bicycle or how to use new software. You can hear about how to ride a bike (or

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