Old school … or … New School?

Hi – just dropping this post in response to “the needs of old schoolers” – who, while they like our free apps (OughtWe decision-maker, and Agile Business Continuity), prefer the comfort – and familiarity – of files they know (such as Word and Excel) – and have therefore requested I make them available at nominal cost.

The guidelines, tools, and templates available on this Zip file will support your planning processes and strengthen your resilience. Using familiar software such as Microsoft Word and Excel we focus on quality processes within a risk management framework.

These approaches serve as best practice models. They are not simplistic “templates for duplication” relying on “cut n pastes” and “global word changes”. They will step you through processes that evaluate the significance of requirements specific to your context – supporting you to write up your tailored approach accordingly.

The Complete Risk Management Toolkit – a 1.3 MB bundle – includes:

(a) Risk Management Planning template (Word.doc, 15 pages);

Addressing risks systematically can mitigate their negative effect – and even turn them into opportunities.

Our template will guide you through a logical workflow of nine steps – with a focus on “control assurance” and aligned with the International Standard for Risk Management ISO 31000.

The approach integrates the following key questions:

• Risk Statement – what is the uncertain event, its causes, and its effects?

• Stakeholders – who have an interest in this risk and the management of this risk?

• Engagement – how should each stakeholder be communicated to and consulted with?

• Context – what conditions or circumstances (social, technical, legal, economic) have contributed to the risk?

• Current Treatments – what are we currently doing to reduce or eliminate this risk – and how adequate are these treatments?

• Consequences – what might happen if the current situation continues (i.e. we do nothing)?

• Potential Proposed Treatments – what could we propose which might reduce or eliminate this risk?

• Potential Risks – what new risks might be introduced by the controls/treatments we are proposing to implement?

• References – what information sources (data, policy, and procedures) have been used?

(b) Business Continuity Plan template (Word.doc with embedded Excel Spreadsheets, 33 pages);

Using an approach that has worked for businesses and governments globally for over twenty-five years to integrate their Crisis Management and Business Continuity Plans, our approach empowers you to focus on your vulnerabilities.

It centers on the key activities which you need to keep doing to stay in business.

What differentiates this approach from other business continuity and crisis management products is that it will support you to understand your risks, evaluate your exposures, and take action:

– to mitigate your vulnerability before an incident, and

– to manage the consequences after an incident

(The integrated Excel Planning Workbook uses Worksheets to map critical functions and vulnerability in a clear and straightforward manner – which are then also used to report impact.)

(c) Emergency Management Plan (for facilities) template (Word.doc with embedded Tables, 46 pages).

The plan will help you to establish best practice site-specific emergency procedures. It applies the Australian Standard AS 3745 – 2010 “Planning for Emergencies in Facilities”, which is widely accepted as the benchmark when it comes to implementing emergency procedures and training for sites, buildings, and facilities. Developing an approach aligned with this best practice will assist you in meeting your legal responsibilities as well as your ethical obligations.

These tools and templates are legally owned by me – and I am authorized to sell them.

Author: John Salter Consulting Services

John Salter - owner of John Salter Consulting Services - specialising in the facilitation of risk-based capability reviews; needs-based training; business continuity planning; crisis management exercises; and organisational debriefing. Recognised for “preventing disasters, or where that is not possible, reducing the potential for harm” Ref: Barrister H Selby, Inquest Handbook, 1998. Distracted by golf, camping, fishing, reading, red wine, movies and theatre.

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