As related to business continuity, an exercise may be defined as a people focused activity designed to execute business continuity plans and evaluate the individual and/or organization’s performance against approved standards or objectives.
An exercise can also be defined as a process to train for, assess, practice, and improve performance in an organization.
Exercises can be announced or unannounced, and are performed for the purpose of training and conditioning team members, and validating the business continuity plan.
Exercise results identify plan gaps and limitations and are used to improve and revise Business Continuity Plans.
Types of exercises include: Table Top Exercise, Simulation Exercise, Operational Exercise, Mock Disaster, Desktop Exercise or Full Rehearsal.