Exploring the Good Practice Guidelines 2018 edition: Implementation (PP5)
A word about the redesign of the BCM Lifecycle.
The BCM Lifecycle has evolved visually from a separate stand-alone cycle of activities, to become a series of inter-connected cogs. The new design recognises business continuity management as a key discipline in the overall organizational resilience picture. The related management disciplines are shown as separate but closely linked cogs to represent the relationship between the disciplines. Throughout the guidelines, the importance of collaboration between these disciplines is emphasised.
Implementation is the stage of the BCM Lifecycle that implements the solutions agreed in the Design stage by establishing a response structure and developing plans. Business continuity plans include details of the priorities, procedures, responsibilities and resources required to manage an incident and return the organization to pre-agreed acceptable levels within the planned time frames.
The renamed Response Structure section is now part of the Implementation stage. This Professional Practice retains the strategic, tactical, and operational-levels for response structure and plan development, however, the GPG 2018 edition recommends that the organization should develop a flexible approach that is closely aligned to the existing management structure, and is capable of dealing with many different types of disruption.
A distinction is made between an incident and a crisis in the GPG 2018 edition, and the term incident, which is defined as “a situation that might be, or could lead to, a disruption, loss, emergency or crisis” is used throughout.
The section about developing and managing plans encompasses the process of developing plans at any level, and the strategic, tactical, and operational plans are described in more detail.