VII.G.3     Tabletop Exercise

A tabletop exercise (sometimes referred to as a walk-through) is a discussion during which personnel review their BCP-defined roles and discuss their responses during an adverse event simulation. The goal of a tabletop exercise is to determine whether targeted plans and procedures are reasonable, personnel understand their responsibilities, and different departmental or business unit plans are compatible with each other. By themselves, tabletop exercises are likely insufficient to validate recovery capabilities, because they are limited to a discussion-based analysis of policies and procedures.

Features of a tabletop exercise may include the following:

  • Engaging operational and support personnel who are responsible for implementing the BCP.
  • Practicing and validating specific functional response capabilities.
  • Demonstrating knowledge, skills, team interaction, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Role playing with simulated responses, critical steps, recognizing difficulties, and resolving problems.
  • Clarifying critical plan elements, as well as problems noted during exercises.
  • Creating action plans to correct issues.


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