Business Continuity Management Lifecycle

Business Continuity is not difficult. However, there is a process that you can follow to help you with your planning.

How are you managing your business continuity planning?

Business Continuity Planning is not a one-off event. Your organisation will reap the most benefit when Business Continuity Planning is managed as a cycle. The Business Continuity Management Process is defined in the Business Continuity Institute Good Practice Guidelines 2013, ISO 22301:2012 and ISO 22313: 2012 as;

"a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organisation and provides a framework for building resilience and the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities".

The BCM Lifecycle is split in to various stages: 

BCM Lifecycle
Source: BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2013

Policy and Programme Management 

  • This takes place at the start of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle. It determines the organisational policy relating to Business Continuity (BC) and how that policy will be implemented, controlled and validated through a BCM programme.

Embedding BC

  • Here you are continually seeking to integrate BC into day-to-day business activities and organisational culture.  Are members of staff aware?  Do key staff members know their roles? etc.


  • At this stage you review and assess your organisation - what are it's objectives?  How does it function?  What are the constraints of the environment in which it operates?


  • When Analysis is complete you can move on to Design.  Here you will identify and select appropriate strategies and tactics to determine how continuity and recovery from disruption will be achieved.


  • This stage of the lifecycle concentrates on executing the agreed strategies and tactics through the process of developing the Business Continuity Plan (BCP).


  • The final stage is Validation. Ensuring that your Plan works is essential - Does the BCM programme meet the objectives set out in the BC Policy?  Is the organsation's BCP fit for purpose?


To learn more about Business Continuity Management follow our links to The Business Continuity Institute and to The British Standards Institute or contact us.

Last Updated: 10 August 2020