In a recent article written by Stuart Hotchkiss, a contributing writer for the CompuerworldUK.com website, a topic was raised about why business continuity plans often fail.  While this article was written to a U.K. audience of readers, our staff was convinced that the information revealed in this article also applies to readers and organizations outside of the U.K.

Mr. Hotchkiss does a particularly good job of identifying and citing reasons of why business continuity plans fail. 

We quote the following reasons for plan failures as presented in this article in summary below:

  1. Too much over-analysis of the business – i.e. while not every part of the business has the same importance; nonetheless, someone is needed to decide what really does matter.
  2. Too much focus on IT – while IT often manages to create an illusion that availability will solve everything – this has over and over been proved to be not true.
  3. Too much over-analysis of impacts and risks – this only leads to paralysis and project plans which last for years.
  4. Too much use of big economic $$$ to justify doing something – business continuity management only wins when it is easy and improves overall business efficiency in a reasonable timeframe.
  5. Too much emphasis on getting certified to a standard – most standards are simply a reasonable checklist which really will not say how to actually do concrete things in a level of detail which is reasonable.
  6. Too much belief in the expectation the “it won’t happen to us” – Yes, it will.
  7. Too much belief that business continuity management is only needed when there is a disaster – this gives the impression that planning only needs to be done for disaster events and not for any other kind of outage or disruptive event.

If some of the reasons listed above apply to your organization’s business continuity management planning, policies or procedures, then you should read the entire article on this critical topic.

And, please pass this information along to those other business continuity, risk management, and organizational resilience team members in your organization.

If any of our readers can add to this list, or perhaps challenge any of the reasons on this list, please share those comments with the readership of this website.  Thank you.

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