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Measuring Up: Why Metrics Are Important for Your BCM Program

Measuring Up: Why Metrics Are Important for Your BCM Program

Here’s a modest proposal that will save basketball fans and their families a great deal of time and stress over the next month.

As you probably know, the NBA Conference Finals just got underway, with the Celtics and Cavaliers dueling in the Eastern conference finals and the Rockets and Warriors playing to determine the champs of the Western Conference. Then the winning teams will face each other in a best out of seven series to determine the league champion.

But unfortunately, along the way basketball fans will have to experience a lot of anxiety and aggravation while throwing away many hours of their lives which they can never get back.

There’s an easier way.

Why doesn’t the NBA, instead of holding all those games, just collect the four teams’ practice records and award the championship to which ever has spent the most time doing shooting drills?

It would be quick, efficient, and over in 15 minutes.

And clearly there’s a direct correlation between which team conducts the most practice drills and which plays the best, right?

Wrong, obviously.

You see what this would amount to, right? Awarding the title based on a metric that is only of limited, private significance to each team (within the context of its efforts to improve), instead of based on a metric that really does matter, namely which team performs the best through all the matchups of the playoffs and finals.

Unfortunately, this is the approach many business continuity managers take in quantifying and measuring aspects of their program.

Source: Disaster Recovery Journal

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