Many organizations have often included Murphy’s Law into the planning process for their strategic plans, financial forecasts, sales projections, and, yes, even their risk management and business continuity planning emergency drills and table top exercises. Designing your plans to allow for the possibility that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong” – e.g. Murphy’s Law – challenges a planning team to carefully think through the majority of circumstances in order to factor-out the worse of possible issues, and hopefully, plan for the most desirable results given the conditions in each component event in that plan.
As part of all business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans, Murphy’s Law does in fact also included a positive effect – believe it or not. In fact, sensitivity to Murphy’s Law can be a driving force and logical reason to hold drills, to test policies, to practice what would or could occur, and to learn how to make all aspects of the emergency plan and response component be stronger for everyone – i.e. the organization, the employee, the individual and the community.
Read more about the history and role that Murphy’s Law can play in the emergency planning process, as well as, how to learn something from every event, including some common mistakes identified by emergency planners.
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