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Exercise, Design and Delivery at John Deere

Written by  C.J. HOWARD, CEM, CBCP

Many of my colleagues have expressed anxiety over exercising their business continuity and emergency preparedness plans. According to a 2009 report titled, “International Business Continuity Program Management Benchmarking Report -- An Exclusive Board Review” only 33 percent of companies with mature business continuity programs conduct regular exercises to test their plans.Over the last nine years, I have been involved in countless drills, tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises. I have played all the roles of an exercise: designer, observer, evaluator, participant, and facilitator. After all of this, I’ve learned the secret to exercising business continuity plans is to “keep it simple” and “keep doing it.”At John Deere, we have implemented business continuity plans at more than 110 business units around the globe. These units conduct annual exercises to test their plans using the simple design and delivery methodology described in this article.Eight simple steps to exercise design and delivery: Identify