|Image courtesy of the Brisbane Times|
The Queensland University of Technology’s Lego League, which includes fifty teams of nine- to 16-year-olds, recently participated in a challenge to build Lego robots that can assist in a series of disaster-related challenges, such as how to deliver food or how to navigate flood water and earthquake rubble.
QUT is on to something — not only for DR planners in the making but for grown-up planners as well. Tabletop exercises such as these may seem like child’s play, but don’t be fooled: They are crucial.
- You can play out any scenario without tying up resources (other than your Lego stash, that is).
- You’re forced to step back and look at the big picture of your disaster recovery plan.
- You get a grasp for how all the pieces of your plan fit together.
- You encourage teamwork among your business’s staff.
- You harness the power of imagination. (When working together as a team, you can discover ideas you never would have thought of otherwise.)
If you’re not quite sure where to start with planning a tabletop exercise, business continuity software can help you get the ball rolling. What are your favorite tabletop exercises?