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REVIEW: "A Guide to Business Continuity Planning", James C. Barnes

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKAGTBCP.RVW 20020922 A Guide to Business Continuity Planning , James C. Barnes, 2001, 0-471-53015-8, U$35.00 %A James C. Barnes %C 5353 Dundas Street
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      BKAGTBCP.RVW 20020922

      "A Guide to Business Continuity Planning", James C. Barnes, 2001,
      0-471-53015-8, U$35.00
      %A James C. Barnes
      %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
      %D 2001
      %G 0-471-53015-8
      %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      %O U$35.00 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
      %P 174 p.
      %T "A Guide to Business Continuity Planning"

      Chapter one is an introduction, and also introduces us to a
      characteristic of the book: enormous tables with little apparent
      purpose. Table 1.1 is a list, by country, of regulatory agencies that
      may have something to require from you in the way of business
      continuity planning (BCP). The table is stated to be for motivational
      use, but does point out some BCP ideas or policies. There is also a
      rather innocent sounding mention that the book is written from the
      perspective of a consultant: this fact is more significant than the
      reader may realize. For project foundation, chapter two does not give
      the usual advice to get management onside and build a broadly based
      team, but concentrates on costing, expanding, and selling consulting
      services. (There are confusing areas: having presented one
      questionnaire, the text tells you to use results from "the two." Some
      items (such as the advice to use a month's worth of invoices to
      estimate rate of consumption of supplies) are helpful, but a lot of
      space seems to be wasted (on things like pages of fake employee and
      customer data--and a month's worth of supply invoices). The list of
      threats, consequences, and preventive measures is more than usually
      detailed (and listed twice), in chapter three, but the discussion of
      business impact analysis (BIA) itself is *extremely* terse. Chapter
      four's initial material on strategy selection is quite confused. The
      example RFP (Request For Proposal) for business continuity services
      does have some good points, but the pages of lists of specific PCs to
      be provided seem pointless. Later details are brief, but reasonable.
      Plan development, in chapter five, assumes multiple teams and, again,
      has some good points (the provision for leadership succession), but
      the lists become too specific in many places (does the top level
      emergency management team really all need to do CPR?) There is almost
      no general discussion of testing and maintenance in chapter six.

      The book is not necessarily wrong, but only has enough real material
      for a good magazine article.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2002 BKAGTBCP.RVW 20020922

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