Getting Started with Adaptive BC


Adaptive BC is an iterative, non-linear, flexible approach focused on delivering value in rapid iterations. Therefore, you should not expect a step-by-step checklist of ordered deliverables for you to produce.

The Manifesto can serve as a high level guide to get you started. The Book provides a full guide for the manager and practitioner.

The Readiness Test™ and the Adaptive BC Toolkit™ can also help jump-start your work.

Below we provide some additional thoughts.

To the extent that you are improving capabilities and doing so within the spirit of the manifesto, you are executing adaptive business continuity!

Results should not be evaluated using a checklist of physical deliverables. The proper outcomes of the Adaptive approach are improved capabilities. We are not interested in producing documents and spreadsheets. Instead we demonstrate our value by measuring the improvements in recovery capabilities.

Remain Lean, Agile, and Adaptive:

  • Meet the organization where it is. Adjust your approach to its mission, culture, and individuals.
  • Work in short, rapid iterations to produce value. Work closely with leaders and participants for feedback.
  • Focus on capabilities: To what degree does the organization have the resources, procedures, and competencies needed to recover?
  • Produce dashboards (not documents) for leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Think creatively about better, faster, and more informative uses for exercises.
  • Keep policies very, very simple and high-level. Do not reference RTOs, RPOs, MAD, MTDP, etc. Do not require BIAs, RAs, etc.
  • Don't use jargon; speak plainly and spend more time listening than talking.
  • There is no such thing as "the plan" for business continuity.

The most important point to keep in mind is that the job of the practitioner is the continuous improvement of recovery capabilities.

That must always be the foundation for the work and the end goal of any BC program.

Possible activities to get you started:

  • Exercise: Run folks through a 20-minute scenario for everyone to learn how they might react.
  • Discuss: Talk with a stakeholder about their expectations for your work.
  • Kickoff: Gather some folks together and think through how you will partner with them to improve their ability to recover following a disaster.
  • Measure: Measure the recovery capabilities of resources, procedures, and competencies.
  • Baseline: Baseline then demonstrate your value based on quantitative improvements. Develop your own metrics or use The Readiness Test™
  • Augment: No one starts with nothing. Figure out where existing capabilities stand, how you could improve them, how to measure those improvements, and keep the cycle going!