Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.

Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at predetermined locations, unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday. We invite you to attend our next meeting.

 


 

September Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - Noon

Where:  Quest Diagnostics

Topics:  Active Shooter Training

Presenter: Jeff Murray - Department of Homeland Security

Spotlight: TBD

 

Attendees should anticipate a minimum of 1.5 hour meetings, with the expectation that meetings may last for 2 hours. Please join us for our next meeting!

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Distinguished North Texas ACP Chapter Members,

I am in exercise season, hosting 3 different functional exercises over the next two months. Participants’ experience with my IT recovery exercises ranges from 8 years to their first time. I love first timers as they take planning seriously, although sometimes a little too seriously.

To refresh your memory, I work with engineers. These folks want to plan the entire recovery design in excruciating detail before the exercise. Some even want to test their designs before the exercise. A test before a test? My best starting technique is to simply outline the steps they would take to perform their recovery. I then recommend they fill-in details from what they learned during the recovery simulation. Practicing IT disaster recovery is iterative. You learn something every time you practice along with the opportunity to add more detail from what is learned.

While I freely admit the best plan is one detailed enough that a fairly competent person can follow the steps to perform the recovery, how often do we actually get to that point? A few key steps are often better than an overly detailed plan when it comes to IT talent. What I do know is very few people follow their own recovery plan during a recovery simulation. I see the “written plan” as something that should keep a fairly knowledgeable person out of trouble during the restoration process. If a plan is too detailed, a talented person will most likely toss it anyway.

The cornerstone of IT recovery is really the data. If you have the data, you can eventually put Humpty-Dumpty back together again. If not, poor ol’ Humpty will have holes and not likely serve the business as well or even at all. I’ll write about “the data” in a future President’s Column.

It’s not about the plan but the act of planning by thinking through all necessary inputs that make the tool, application, or IT service minimally functional. The more practice, the better the muscle memory and likely the recovery. I fully expect my first timers to learn a lot. That is what functional recovery exercises are all about…to uncover the things we don’t know!  Keep your fingers crossed that my teams can get through forming, storming, norming and performing at break neckspeed.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our nextmeeting on Tuesday, August 7. Lunch will be provided on behalf of your chapter board. More importantly, you will get to network with other members and hear a great presentation by Jeff Murray who is with the Department of Homeland Security.  May your August go smoothly.

 

At your service,

 

Wendy Nelson, CBCP, PMP

North Texas Chapter President