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Conducting Realistic Exercises: Test the Plan vs. Plan the Test

Written by  JOHN JACKSON

One of my favorite subjects to discuss and write about is the issue of realistic testing when conducting an exercise. While the subject of this article might seem like a simple play on words, the differences and implications of each statement are quite important to your continuity efforts. Reflecting back on my 35-plus years in our industry, I have participated directly in, overseen, or audited several hundred continuity exercises. That experience has provided me with a tremendous base of information to draw upon regarding the various approaches to testing and the varying degrees of success people have achieved. Throughout all of these tests and across all of the various approaches I have seen, two fundamental flaws which have a serious impact on your program’s success are the following:Most tests are overly planned and not truly representative of the recovery process they are intending to address. Most people never test their actual recovery plan;