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Charlie Shares Valuable Insights on BC Test Objectives and Test Practices – 2nd June 2023

We are excited to announce the release of Part 1 & 2 of an insightful discussion between Charlie Maclean-Bristol FBCI FEPS MCIPR and Alex Fullick, focused on building a robust framework for writing business continuity (BC) test objectives and enhancing overall testing practices.

In this engaging video series, Charlie Maclean-Bristol delves into various key topics, providing expert guidance to organizations seeking to strengthen their BC testing strategies. Part 1 explores the following subjects:

1️⃣ Testing vs Exercising: Charlie highlights the distinction between testing and exercising, shedding light on the different approaches and their respective benefits in validating BC plans.

2️⃣ Navigating the Impact of COVID: The discussion addresses the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and how organisations can adapt their BC testing practices to account for these unprecedented circumstances.

3️⃣ Crafting Effective Test Objectives: Charlie shares invaluable insights into writing clear, concise, and meaningful test objectives, emphasising the importance of aligning them with organizational goals and priorities.

4️⃣ Unveiling the Purpose: The video highlights the significance of understanding the purpose behind conducting BC tests, ensuring that exercises serve a specific function and deliver actionable results.

Continuing this exciting series, Part 2 of the discussion between Charlie and Alex, they dive deeper into key topics, including:

1️⃣ Measuring Success and SMART Considerations: Charlie explores the importance of defining success criteria for BC tests and how to apply the SMART framework (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) when setting objectives.

2️⃣ Pre-test Planning: The discussion delves into the crucial aspects of pre-test planning, covering topics such as stakeholder involvement, scenario development, and resource allocation to ensure smooth and effective testing.

3️⃣ Building Capabilities: Charlie provides guidance on building organisational capabilities through BC testing, emphasising the importance of learning from exercises and leveraging the insights gained to enhance overall preparedness.

4️⃣ Post-Exercise Assessments, Observations, and Recommendations: The video highlights the value of conducting thorough post-exercise assessments, capturing observations, and formulating recommendations to drive continuous improvement in BC planning and testing.

This series of discussions between Charlie Maclean-Bristol and Alex Fullick offers a wealth of knowledge and practical advice for organisations looking to optimise their BC testing efforts. By implementing the insights shared in these videos, businesses can strengthen their resilience, minimise disruptions, and ensure readiness in the face of unexpected challenges.

To watch the captivating discussions and gain valuable insights click the links: Part 1 – Part 2 –

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