In order to test the level of understanding and preparedness of new or reviewed Business Continuity Plans, a testing exercise should be conducted with a selection of key personnel from each functional area of the organisation.
QRMC develops these testing exercise based on a realistic hypothetical scenario suited to the organisation. It is designed to invoke each participating functional area’s operational context. The QRMC facilitator directs the group through the evolving hypothetical situation and elicits proposed responses and actions from the responsible staff, in order to determine if the staff have internalised the requirements of the BCP sufficiently to implement it if required.
These testing exercises provide an opportunity to validate the Business Continuity Plan’s content, to test personnel’s ability to use the Plan, and to improve the quality and ongoing relevance of the Plan.