Course Overview/Dates

“An organisation's continuity capability cannot be considered viable until it has been validated” - the Business Continuity Institute's Good Practice Guidelines 2018.

Exercising is an extremely important part in ensuring that those with incident management roles understand their role in the response, plans are fit for purpose and the organisation has practiced responding to different possible scenarios.

Business Continuity Exercises: Quick Exercises to Validate Your Plan by Charlie Maclean-Bristol is the required reading for this course, as the training is based on the book.

What's included?

  • Course slides and notes
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Certificate of attendance

Course Dates

Dates Number of days Location Price
Tue 22 Nov 2022
London, UK £525.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: Charlie Maclean-Bristol MA (Hons), PgD, FBCI, FEPS
Venue: Make Venues - Broadway House
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Details & Programme

An organisation’s capacity to attend half day exercises is limited and so often exercises only take place once a year. Short exercises are an ideal way to keep up incident management skills, are manageable timewise as everyone can spare an hour, and they can often be as effective as longer exercises. Short exercises, which all take less than an hour to run, can be used in a number of different ways, including to:

  • Keep in mind incident management skills in between longer exercises
  • Exercise particular scenarios which would not be considered during a longer exercise
  • Teach specific incident skills
  • Concentrate on a particular part of the incident response, such as the first hour
  • Help raise awareness among staff
  • Learn and then practise debriefing skills

The course is centered around Charlie Maclean-Bristol’s book, “Business Continuity Exercises: Quick Exercises to Validate Your Plan”. The course will teach delegates the breadth of different exercises within the book, and how to plan, execute and then report on the exercises. The training will cover business continuity, crisis management, crisis communications and cyber incident management scenarios. It will be fully interactive and delegates will practise running different exercises.

The course would be especially beneficial for those with little or no experience in running exercises and will provide them with the tools, processes and confidence to run their own exercises.

Module 1: Understanding Short Exercises

  • Initial exercise
  • What circumstances are short exercises good for?
  • The different types of exercises and debriefs
  • What is your exercise trying to achieve?
  • Writing exercise objectives
  • End to end planning process, including writing post exercise reports

Module 2: Prepare and Practice Simple Exercises

  • Delegates split up into groups
  • Each group will plan a different exercise
  • Each group will brief and then run their exercise
  • Techniques for simple debriefing

Module 3: Prepare and Practice More Complex Short Exercises

  • Introduction to a number of different complex exercises
  • Each group will plan a different exercise
  • Each group will brief and then run their exercise
  • Discussion on reporting on exercises

Module 4: Running Debriefing and Writing Up Post Exercise Reports

  • Different debriefing techniques outlined in the book
  • Planning and running different debriefing sessions
  • Debriefing practical
  • Writing post exercise reports

Day 1

StartFinishSubjectDetail
09000930Introduction
09301100Module 1: Understanding Short Exercises- Initial exercise
- What circumstances are short exercises good for?
- The different types of exercises and debriefs
- What is your exercise trying to achieve?
- Writing exercise objectives
- End to end planning process, including writing post exercise reports
11001115Break
11151300Module 2: Prepare and Practice Simple Exercises- Delegates split up into groups
- Each group will plan a different exercise
- Each group will brief and then run their exercise
- Techniques for simple debriefing
13001400Lunch
14001500Module 3: Prepare and Practice More Complex Short Exercises- Introduction to a number of different complex exercises
- Each group will plan a different exercise
- Each group will brief and then run their exercise
- Discussion on reporting on exercises
15001515Break
15151645Module 4: Running Debriefing and Writing Up Post Exercise Reports- Different debriefing techniques outlined in the book
- Planning and running different debriefing sessions
- Debriefing practical
- Writing post exercise reports
16451700Course Review

Please note, timings are indicative and exact timings may vary due to delegate experience and their interest in certain topics. The course may finish earlier if all topics have been covered.

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Course Benefits

By the end of the Short Exercises course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand when to use short exercises
  • Choose the right exercise for the exercise objectives
  • Develop objectives and plan an exercise
  • Plan and execute a number of different exercises
  • Write post exercise reports
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Who Should Attend?

  • Business continuity and resilience managers
  • Incident managers
  • Crisis managers
  • CIOs, CTOs and CISOs
  • IT Managers
  • Disaster recovery managers
  • Business continuity champions/coordinators
  • Anyone in an organisation who has responsibility for running exercises, even it is just for their own department
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Tutors

Charlie Maclean-Bristol

Charlie Maclean-Bristol

MA (Hons), PgD, FBCI, FEPS

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In-house Options

Please contact the BC Training team on 01253 542650 or email info@b-c-training.co.uk, should you wish to discuss options for delivering the Short Exercises course in-house at your organisation's premises.

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Locations

Make Venues - Broadway House

London

Make Venues - Broadway House
Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NQ

020 7222 7777

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