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Good Practice Guidelines 2013

Presented by: Lyndon Bird FBCI and

Deborah Higgins MBCI
Date: 18
March 2013
The Editors:
Lyndon Bird FBCI, Editor-in-Chief
Deborah Higgins MBCI, Assistant Editor
What are the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) and why do
we have them?

They are the comprehensive and independent body of
knowledge for BC professionals written by real world
Consider not just what to do, but why, how and when.
Enhance and complement existing and emerging
standards in BC , Crisis Management and Organizational
Are the foundation for certification and training for BC
professionals worldwide.
What has changed from the 2010 GPG?

Principles of practising Business Continuity remain the
same but the good practice has moved on in many areas.

Six Professional Practices that make up the BCM Lifecycle
(Management and Technical Practices) have been renamed
for simplicity.

There is a distinction made between the wider discipline
of Business Continuity (BC)and Business Continuity
Management (BCM) the management process and
activities associated with practising it.
Frequently Asked Questions

How well do Business Continuity and Risk Management

Are Business Continuity and organizational resilience the
same thing?

Do we need a separate Crisis Management discipline?

The BCM Lifecycle: improving organizational resilience

The Six Professional Practices (PPs)

Management Practices
PP1 Policy and Programme Management
PP2 Embedding Business Continuity
Technical Practices
PP3 - Analysis
PP4 - Design
PP5 - Implementation
PP6 - Validation

PP1 Policy and Programme Management

The starting point defines an organizations policy relating to
BC, how it will be implemented, controlled and validated
through a BCM programme.

Setting BC Policy and determining the scope of the BCM
Defining governance and assigning roles and responsibilities
Implementing a BCM programme, managing documentation
using programme and project management techniques
Managing outsourced activities and supply chain continuity
PP2 Embedding Business Continuity

The Management Professional Practice that continually seeks
to integrate BC into day-to-day business activities and
organizational culture.

Organizational Culture
Skills and Competence
Managing a Training Programme
Managing an Awareness Campaign

Technical Practice PP3 Analysis

Reviews and assesses an organization in
terms of what its objectives are, how it
functions and the constraints of the
environment in which it operates.

Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
o Initial BIA, Strategic, Tactical and Operational

Threat Analysis (includes risk assessment)

Technical Practice PP4 Design

Identifies and selects appropriate
strategies and tactics.

Continuity and Recovery Strategies and Tactics
Threat Mitigation Measures
Incident Response Structure

Technical Practice PP5 Implementation

Executes the agreed strategies and
tactics through the process of developing
the Business Continuity Plan (BCP).

The Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
Developing and managing plans at a strategic, tactical
and operational level.

Technical Practice PP6 Validation

Confirms the BCM programme meets
objectives set in the BC Policy and that
the BCP is fit for purpose.

Developing an exercise programme
Developing an running an exercise
Maintenance of the BCM programme
Review of the BCM programme

How can I get a copy of the new BCIs
Good Practice Guidelines 2013?

BCI Members can download a free pdf version from the
Members Area

Non-members can purchase a pdf version from the BCI

Hard copies will be available to purchase from May onwards;
BCI Member discounts apply

Thank you!