Several posting on this website have dealt with the topic of resilience and in particular, the attainment of organizational resiliency.  We have also seen in our research on this topic, a growing sense of  interest and focus on even substituting the word “resilience” for “continuity” — and, while we believe there is still a lot of debate and decision making regarding the use of resilience in our business continuity methodologies,  our attention was focused on an article on the topic written by Leslie Whittet, posted on the Continuity Central website and entitled “Some Thoughts on Resilience”.

We believe this article is worth reading if you are currently involved in  debating the definition of resilience, and how it may apply to your organization’s business continuity planning efforts.

Another reason we think that this article is timely in its own way, is because of a claim voiced by Leslie Whittet when she takes this debate head on by stating that she “… has observed that there are various interest groups who have seized upon the concept of resilience as the next wave in the risk versus BCM versus crisis response, etc. debate”.   Perhaps you may or may not agree with her observation(s)  but we do believe that she does a good job in trying to prove her point that resilience cannot and should not be enshrined in a standard.  As always, your comments on this point will be appreciated.

Would the business continuity managers in your organization agree with Ms. Whittet’s  definition of resilience as “a concept achieved through the development and implementation of a number of clearly definable components.”? 

Some of the diagrams, analogies  and reasoning methods Ms. Whittet uses to support her conclusions are well thought out and would also be interesting elements to introduce to your business continuity management team meetings.

After reading this article, we hope that you will have an opinion to share regarding Ms. Whittet’s original purpose of writing her article – i.e. to demonstrate that resilience is not something that can be enshrined in a standard.

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