AgileBCP – favorite feature number 2 – using ‘risk’ as a lens into future uncertainties

In the real world, there are no silver bullets (magic, single-dose solutions)
AgileBCP is a great tool – but it is not a ‘silver bullet’

We recognize that risk is a concept.

It is a useful concept as it helps us get a better handle on future uncertainties.

The AgileBCP risk lens can (and should) be applied BEFORE a disruption event – and AFTER a disruption event.

Before event risk is a function of resource criticality and vulnerability (to impact)
After event risk is a function of resource criticality (which should be validated) and impact (on operability).

Nature’s warning color – red – is used to stimulate discussion. A ‘red flag’ calls for serious and immediate considerations. Orange – important but probably not immediate, Yellow – cautionary and needing to be watched closely, Green – sound but still keep an eye on it.

Color coding drives the conversation.

Risk puts on notice the need for conversations about what ought to be done – and what does not need to be done. Indeed the only reason for risk assessment is in order to inform action – or inaction. Risk assessment has no inherent merit. It ought not to be academic. Risk exists, as a concept, in order to inform decisions.

Once a decision is made, any implementation plan(s) should be kept as long as necessary but as short as possible. Specifying what needs to be done and what is needed to do it. Implementation plans are then supported by standard management practices of monitoring the achievement of the required outcomes by ensuring the plans are on track, on budget, and on time.

Author: John Salter Consulting Services

John Salter - owner of John Salter Consulting Services - specialising in the facilitation of risk-based capability reviews; needs-based training; business continuity planning; crisis management exercises; and organisational debriefing. Recognised for “preventing disasters, or where that is not possible, reducing the potential for harm” Ref: Barrister H Selby, Inquest Handbook, 1998. Distracted by golf, camping, fishing, reading, red wine, movies and theatre.

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