Business Continuity & IT Disaster Recovery – Should You Start From a Blank Page?

Rob Giffin Rob Giffin | Sep 09, 2013

Building a business continuity program (or anything worthwhile for that matter) takes time and dedication.  It also requires compromises – constantly balancing what is practical and what is possible to protect the business.  BUT – it’s important to remember that politics, committees, and making everyone happy isn’t the goal of business continuity.

If you’re lost, playing the same game over and over and ending up at the same result, maybe it’s time to start from a blank page so you can focus on what matters most.

The authors of the 2,000 percent solution believe that your business continuity program could be 2,000 percent more effective than it is today if you would stop allowing disbelief, tradition, politics, and procrastination to force you into ‘incremental’ improvements.  It’s a great read, and provides a guide to clearing the hurdles that stifle breakthrough improvements.

One of the simplest ways to create breakthrough improvements is to start with a blank sheet of paper and rebuild what you’re working on.  Forget what has been done before and think about what is needed right now.

At Avalution, our consultants don’t always start their work from a blank page, but when fresh ideas and energy are needed to solve big problems, it’s the best way we know to clear away the clutter and focus on a single, clear, message.

That’s also the approach we took when building Catalyst, our amazing new business continuity software – we started with a blank page and built business continuity software that our own consultants and clients would want to use every day.  It was an opportunity to question everything and only include what matters today.

Tell us what you’ve built after starting with a blank page!


Robert Giffin
Avalution Consulting: Business Continuity Consulting