Published by The Business Continuity Institute
This edition of the GPG differs according to its own saying in numerous ways from the 2013 edition. Some of those that stayed with me are:
– More collaboration of the BCM employees with other employees in other management disciplines.
– Supply chain was integrated more into the story.
– More links are being made to ISO standards.
– Risk assessment has gained importance.
There are other things that have changed, which are noticeable:
– Throughout the work, the link is regularly made to information security, but without referring to the ISO 27K series.
– The BIA is still a 4-tuple, but the mandatory character has been changed to “use what you need”
– A distinction has been made between crisis management and incident management.
– There is a better explanation for strategic, tactical and operational plans in times of crisis. However, without mentioning that the choice is also important as a function of what one needs. This piece remained theoretically sharply separated.
– There is a beautiful table here and there with more explanation of what is meant, such as the table with specific core competences and management skills that are required by the BCM responsible, divided according to the 6 professional practices.
In the book, extensive attention was given to PP6: ‘Validation’. Practicing and validating the operation of the BC program of the organization is very important as the keystone of the cycle to its restart.
In summary, we can state that the book is important for the beginners in BCM, but also for the advanced as a reference book.
What I personally regret that lacks is a bibliography for each chapter. For further reading I have the feeling that the interested parties are somewhat abandoned. But then there is the URL of ‘The Business Continuity Institute’ where you can find more information. (www.thebci.org).