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Developing and Managing Business Continuity Exercises

"An organization’s BC capability cannot be considered reliable until it has been exercised." (BCI's Good Practice Guidelines)

Developing and Running a Business Continuity exercise may be daunting when the participants will be your colleagues and senior management. This very practical course will give you a chance to learn and practice tried and tested techniques that you can apply to your own exercises to make them more engaging and realistic.

This course is primarily aimed at those on the BC Team tasked with developing and running exercises.


Two days - residential


  • Learn techniques of exercise logistics that will stimulate the interest and involvement of participants
  • Practice exercise development through a structured process
  • Gain confidence in developing and managing exercises

  • Planning the Exercise Programme
  • Types of exercise : Technical testing, Desktop exercises, The BC exercise, The Incident Management exercise
  • Developing an exercise - the process
  • Planning the exercise timetable : Participants, Timetable, Structure, Materials, Scenario selection
  • Developing the exercise logistics
  • Exercise technology and resources
  • Exercise Management skills: Involvement, Logistics and Layout, Control and timing
  • Running and managing the exercise
  • De-briefing, evaluation, feedback and reporting


The core of the course is a series of coached group sessions with the objective of providing practical experience of developing, managing and de-briefing an exercise. A laptop may be useful for preparation of materials but is not essential.

The location

This 2-day residential course will run several times a year and is usually held at the spectacularly-sited Cotswold Conference Centre (aka. Farncombe Centre) near Evesham. The catering at the Conference Centre is excellent and there is usually plenty of choice, including a vegetarian option. Venue information

Photos of an exercise in progress and a view over the site:

Farncombe estate

Exercise in progress

Feedback: Most enjoyable course I've been on in a long time - AA
I will be recommending it to other members of my team - HBOS