Below we have taken the BC Planning Model from DRI International and have found articles we've published over the years to help explain each step a little further.  DRI International also offers in depth training courses which follow right along with this planning model as well.  To find out more about these classes head to their website at

Business Continuity Planning Model Provided by DRI International
1.PROJECT INITIATION PHASE (Objectives and Assumptions) 
A.Problem Definition - Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity 
B.Business Continuity Objective(s) and Requirements 
C.Business Continuity Definitions, Terms and Assumptions 
D.Scope and Cost of Business Continuity Project 
E.Business Continuity Steering Committee 
F.Business Continuity Policies 

Related Articles:

DRJ's Business Continuity Glossary
Basic DR/BC Articles for the Beginner
Training your Business Continuity Teams (Volume 10, Issue 3)

2.FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS PHASE (Fact Gathering, Alternatives, and Decisions by Management) 
A.Risk Analysis (RA) and Controls 
B.Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and Time-Sensitive Business Functions 
C.Alternative Business Continuity Strategy(ies) 
D.Cost-Benefit Analysis and Selected Strategy(ies) 
E.Business Continuity Program Budget 

Related Articles:

How to conduct Business Impact Analysis (Volume 9, Issue 3)
Conduct a Hard-Hitting Business Impact Analysis (Volume 11, Issue 1)


3.DESIGN and DEVELOPMENT PHASE (Designing the Plan) 
A.Plan Scope and Objectives 
B.Business Recovery Organization (BRO) and Responsibilities (Recovery Team Concept) 
C.Major Plan Components - format and structure 
D.Scenario to Execute Plan 
E.Escalation, Notification and Plan Activation 
F.Vital Records and Off-Site Storage Program 
G.Personnel Control Program 
H.Data Loss Limitations 
I.Plan Administration (general) 

Related Articles:

Managing the Recovery Planning Project Part 1 (Volume 10, Issue 4)
Managing the Recovery Planning Project Part 2 (Volume 11, Issue 1)
Creating Usable Disaster Recovery Documentation (Volume 7, Issue 1)
Print and Mail Recovery (Volume 10, Issue 3)
Vital Records Protection Issues (Volume 10, Issue 3)
Sample Development Guide (Word Document)
Sample Development Checklist (Word Document)

4.IMPLEMENTATION PHASE (Creating the Plan) 
A.Emergency Response Procedures (evacuation) 
B.Command, Control and Emergency Operations Center (Crisis Management) 
C.Delegation/Designation of Authority 
D.Emergency Response Linkage to Business Recovery 
E.Detailed Resumption, Recovery and Restoration Procedures 
F.Vendor Contracts and Purchase of Recovery Resources 

Related Articles:

The Hidden Cost of In-House Disaster Recovery (Volume 10, Issue 4)
The 21st Century Emergency Operations Center (Volume 10, Issue 4)
Commercial Recovery Facilities (Volume 11, Issue 1) 
Sample RFP for DR Services
1999 DRJ Alternate Site Survey
1999 Consultants Survey
1999 Other Services Survey


5.TESTING and EXERCISING PHASE (Post Implementation Plan Review) 
A.Exercise Program and Objectives 
B.Exercise Plans, Scenarios and Actual Exercises 
C.Plan (Exercise) Evaluation 
D.Training, Corporate Awareness Program(s) and Vehicles for Dissemination 

Related Articles:

Murphy’s Day at the Surprise Disaster Recovery Drill (Volume 9, Issue 3)
Test Last? Maybe Not (Volume 9, Issue 4)
Staging you Disaster Recovery Plan (Volume 10, Issue 1)
Full-Scale Business Disaster Recovery Testing (Volume 10, Issue 1)
Disaster Recovery/Continuity Planning and Employee Awareness (Volume 9, Issue 3)


6.MAINTENANCE and UPDATING PHASE (Updating the Plan)
A.Schedules and Budgets for Update and Maintenance Activities 
B.Software Tools for Update and Maintenance 
C.Review Criteria 
D.Program Status, Reporting and Audits 
E.Plan Distribution and Security 

Related Articles:

Business Continuance:  Beyond Disaster Recovery (Volume 11, Issue 1)
Lessons Learned (Volume 9, Issue 3)
1998 PC-Based Software Survey 
Using Software Tools to Aid in Corporate-wide Recovery Programs (Volume 11, Issue 2)
So, You're contemplating changing recovery software (Volume 11, Issue 4)
Automated Disaster Recovery Plan Auditing (Volume 9, Issue 4)





7.EXECUTION PHASE (Declare Disaster and Execute
Recovery Operations

Related Articles:

Disasters Harm More Than Buildings And People (Volume 9, Issue 4)
Winning with the Media (Volume 10, Issue 4)


RETURN TO DRJ's Homepage | Email Us!