Adaptive BC Manifesto: Two-Page Summary

Principle Standard BC Adaptive BC
Deliver Continuous Value Practitioners dictate the work according to sequential methodology and provide documentation at the end of long cycles Customers direct the work according to needs and culture; practitioners provide frequent, shorter-term, customer-informed deliverables
Document only for Mnemonics Practitioners create documents as final and required deliverables Customers create documents as mnemonics
Employ Time as a Restriction, not a Target Practitioners document a single recovery time target (RTO) for every service Customers identify predetermined and significant time restrictions that will constrain recovery efforts
Engage at many Levels of the Organization NA
(Practitioners focus buy-in efforts exclusively on executives)
Practitioners consciously engage many people at many levels of the organization
Exercise for Improvement, not for Testing Practitioners conduct exercises as a test of RTO targets and to satisfy audit requirements Departments participate in exercises to practice and improve recovery capabilities
Learn the Business Practitioners collect data about the business Practitioners strive to understand the culture and operations of individual organizational areas
Measure and Benchmark Practitioners count the numbers of documents, exercises, and refresh dates Practitioners and customers measure recovery capabilities
Obtain Incremental Direction from Leadership All executives approve the complete scope of the program before launch Individual leaders provide iterative direction
Omit the Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis Practitioners require completion of RA and BIA documents before planning can begin NA
Prepare for Effects, not Causes Experts focus externally: Identifying and preparing for a host of specific threats Departments focus internally: Improving recovery capabilities for unavailability of locations, people, and resources