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Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach by David Lindstedt & Mark Armour (Q3 – 2019)

Everyone’s talking about adaptive business continuity, a streamlined approach for managing business continuity programs. The buzz is all about using principles based on new trends in project management including agile project development and lean process improvement. The book elaborates on the objectives outlined in the Adaptive BC Manifesto, which is included as an appendix. The manifesto directs the practitioner to understand his or her business, start adding continuous value by producing short term deliverables and expanding to include long term deliverables, being nonsequential in program development, remaining adaptable so that the practitioner is influenced by current situation rather than stated methodology, and allowing the discipline of adaptive BC to evolve. The book challenges the traditional framework, and some of the recognized best practices, used within the BC industry. For example, the authors suggest eliminating the BIA, transferring risk assessment to trained risk professionals, dispensing with recovery time objectives, exercising rather than testing, seeking lower level executive buy-in and support, and minimizing written plan documentation. Without saying, the paradigm shift outlined in this book is controversial. For some it is heretical; for others it is transformational. All in all, this book is provocative and should be on every BC professional’s reading list.

David Lindstedt is an educator, project manager, and founder of Readiness Analytics. Mark Armour is a business continuity practitioner and director at Brink’s Inc. Here is the link to purchase their book: 

https://www.rothstein.com/product/adaptive-business-continuity/

(This book review was written by David K. Dunlap.)