BCM Planning Methodology

Here in BCM Institute, we have a planning methodology that provides a framework of requirements, effort and deliverables. In which it leads to the next “phase” of a continuous improvement cycle. Most of these phases are simultaneously conducted and practiced in real life. While this process does provide visual clues as to the amount of time and changing emphasis within a phase, these are for reference and do not represent an absolute percentage of time.

The Origin of BCM methodology started when the author was asked to take the responsibility to develop and implement business continuity planning methodology for an international bank headquartered in Europe. This methodology was subjected to the rigor of both successful global implementation of BC plans for the bank’s 52 franchise, and the highest level of academic scrutiny and examination as part of a Doctor of Philosophy dissertation.

As part of the research, this BCM methodology plan was evaluated against 120 other existing BCM methodologies. Since it was published in 1999, it has continued to evolve to its current 7-phase approach. The BCM methodology plan had been implemented by many organizations in the Middle-East Asia Pacific and other multinational organizations. Currently, the implementation of this methodology is able to meet the requirement of all the international BCM standards such as BS25999:2006 and SS540:2008. It has been tried and tested within many organizations, the BCM methodology plan forms the framework for BCM Institute’s training curriculum.

Below are the definition and detailed explanation on the BCM Institute methodology which is the planning process for the implementation of any BC plan. The phases are as follows:

1. Project Management

2. Risk Analysis & Review

3. Business Impact Analysis

4. Recovery Strategy

5. Plan Development

6. Testing and Exercising

7. Program Management