As we said last week, everyone from the CEO to the interns of your company needs to be held accountable for their roles in your disaster recovery plan. Humans are not infallible, and not everyone involved in your disaster recovery plan is going to be as invested in its success as you are. Here are some ways you can build accountability into your disaster recovery plan.
The Law of Specificity
Ok, so there may or may not actually be a law of specificity, and we probably just made it up, but just go with it. Simply stated, your disaster recovery plan needs to be, well, simply stated. You need to state exactly who is responsible for every single detail of your plan, whether it is a department or a specific person, from the CEO to the interns. You need to “name names,” which will help to ensure that those people/ departments are held accountable for their part in keeping your company up and running in a disaster situation.
Make Sure EVERYONE Knows the Details of the ENTIRE Plan
Once your plan is fully developed, with names and all, publish it and make sure every single person who works for your company has a copy. Have each department head call a meeting of their department to discuss it to make sure everyone in each department knows who needs to do what. Distributing the plan only goes so far, everyone’s roles need to be clearly explained so that there is no margin for misunderstanding.
Have Contingencies in Place
As “perfect” as your disaster recovery plan may be, it is important to acknowledge the fact that something can still go wrong. “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Because of this, you should make sure that there is a chain of command for each step. If someone was unable to complete something, there should be another person that can complete it. This is where those clear explanations will come in handy! If the task isn’t something that the backup person isn’t accustomed to doing, they should be able to do it anyway if it is explained well enough.
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