BCP Team Guidelines

Michael Herrera

In order to effectively operate in the time of a crisis it is important to have a team that not only works well together but also has the needed skills, based on roles and positions within the company.

Here are some key factors to consider when organizing a team:

  1. When selecting people it should be based on their skills, knowledge, and expertise. We all know that some times the most qualified person is not always able to be an active member of the team, but it is essential to choose someone with the right skills and who has experience in the department.
  2. Ideally, choose team members that have the responsibility to perform these functions under normal conditions. It is not ideal to have the database administrator take on network during an emergency.
  3. The team should be large enough that if one or more members of the team are unable to perform their duties, the team can still function.
  4. Train alternate internal staff and external vendors in the event that a catastrophic event was to occur. Train multiple personal in designating key functions so they can be helpful in case several team members are not available.

By keeping these four factors in mind when developing any team will help your company to insure that there are numerous people who can take the positions that are critical during an emergency.

About
Michael Herrera is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MHA. In his role, Michael provides global leadership to the entire set of industry practices and horizontal capabilities within MHA. Under his leadership, MHA has become a leading provider of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services to organizations on a global level. He is also the founder of BCMMETRICS, a leading cloud based tool designed to assess business continuity compliance and residual risk. Michael is a well-known and sought after speaker on Business Continuity issues at local and national contingency planner chapter meetings and conferences. Prior to founding MHA, he was a Regional VP for Bank of America, where he was responsible for Business Continuity across the southwest region.