When I left off last time, I mentioned that the 60/40 principle is an effective one for business continuity and disaster recovery planning. First, I set out an ambitious goal of a comprehensive, organization-wide program built around industry standards and best practices, leveraging the right automation tools and the right vendors and suppliers…and that would also be able to kill any audit. And then I took 40% off the top and made that our end-goal. Then, a funny thing happened…
The Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning “Boomerang”
After mapping out straw man BC/DR Plans and communicating the program initiatives, something amazing happened. Teams around the world felt as though the objectives were attainable and they embraced the movement! Before I knew it, my enthusiasm and drive towards implementing these “baby steps” infected teams of people from whom I needed help. They started saying, “Hey, that was easy! Let me help refine that process!” or “You know… this strategy would be a little better without much effort if we just modified X, Y and Z.” And wouldn’t you know it, as I would report on these program steps and how we were surpassing our initial targets, I would see a big grin appear on my manager’s face. In one year, we overcame what would have been thought to have been insurmountable milestones and had countless teams championing our DR Program progress forward. It wasn’t long before we hit well over 80%, while generating a great balance of risk tolerance at an even lower projected cost, along with the priceless engagement of supportive teams who, at the end of the day, made the program a true success.
Partner with the Best
Over time, I have been able to exercise this strategic 60/40 approach on many of my projects, leading initially reluctant and already over-burdened teams to great successes. I have also been able to see over and over again how the right strategy, partnerships, and drive will inevitably result in greater outcomes than could have been achieved if we started out by setting the bar so high that the goal seemed overwhelming to everyone who embarked on this journey with me.
A great business continuity and disaster recovery planning partner will help you evaluate the organization’s current state, identify an ideal working end-state, and develop a holistic roadmap to achieve these goals. The best BC/DR partner will also consider the human element and the financial limitations in trying to move forward without the correct timing and support. The result of this partnership can help produce reasonable short-term and long-term goals that will engage organizational executives and leadership, technical and functional teams, and others who are essential to helping your program develop successfully.
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