Monthly Archives: May 2011

What was McClaren’s Contingency Plan on Saturday?

Not having Plan B can be very expensive I was prompted to write this after my good friend Graham responded to yesterday’s Monday Tip – “Always learn from your mistakes” by asking if Lewis Hamilton was one of my Twitter followers. The point was that it seems McClaren had no contingency plan for Qualification 3…

Tip – Always learn from your mistakes

This one’s not specifically a Business Continuity tip, it applies to all areas of business: nay, life. Those of us in the UK will have been aware of the return of the Ash Cloud this last week. Luckily it didn’t take the same form as last year’s and the disruption was on a much lower…

Thank you Greater Manchester Police

Good things do happen sometimes In yesterday’s post  “Stay calm under pressure“, I related the tale of my car being broken into whilst parked in Manchester. Well, the story has a good ending; for me anyway. Shortly after posting that item, I received a call from Greater Manchester Police [GMP] to say that they had…

Tip – Map your Business Processes

Knowing how your processes link together is an essential step to improving your Business Continuity The operations of the typical business consist of a number of processes. These may be physical processes, as in a manufacturing plant; or they may be information processes. In both cases, there is a logical sequence of activities that contribute…

Don’t forget to review your Business Continuity Plans

Processes change over time: make sure your plans adapt to that change The incident that affected my website last week brought into focus the need to keep Business Continuity Plans up to date with changes in the business. Over the past few months, I have been changing the way my website runs. The main change…

Know you can survive without power

Knowing where the controls for your utilities are could save the day, but make sure you can continue without power. We are always told to familiarise ourselves with where the gas and water taps are in our own houses. Do you know where the utility control points are in your building? Could you turn off…

Tip – Don’t squander your Golden Hour

Know what to do when it all goes wrong, and prove it! Talk to medical professionals and they will tell you about the Golden Hour: those precious 60 minutes following a disaster that determine the final outcome of the incident. The same is true of the immediate aftermath of your own personal disaster. Knowing what…