If I ever have to partake in family shopping trips these often result in me waiting outside shops laden with bags and an empty wallet pretending to be doing a mannequin challenge. I guess better that than following the ladies of the house as they browse for further potential purchases.

Obviously this is a situation I try and avoid as much as possible. Nightmare!

On the, thankfully rare, occasions I have to go along, I find that whilst I am standing there it is all too easy to start people watching and I begin to notice trends, behaviours and fashions.

It doesn’t take scientific research to realise that the vast majority of people in your local shopping mall or city centre will be wearing jeans – they are everyday attire and practical and stylish enough for such an activity so naturally become the dress code of choice.

But the thing is, people come in all shapes and sizes. Even after a few minutes of observing one will see people of all sorts of dimensions and notably some extreme examples. But they are all wearing jeans.

The manufacturers must have done their homework and discovered that there is demand for jeans in all manner of sizes and shapes not to mention cuts, designs, colours and styles. The permutations are endless. As a customer you just want a pair of jeans that fit you and that you like. Luckily the manufacturers seem to be able to deliver for everyone and pretty much for every whim or fancy.

People like choice but also they like to conform – I want to be unique, but in a pair of jeans.

Back at work, I am frequently involved in preparing Business Continuity Plans and other procedures for clients. The parallel is that every organisation wants something that fits for them and makes them feel good but equally they know that for the Plans to be recognised and accepted they must conform to expected norms, to be immediately recognisable to anyone who views them.

I have long known that the principle of ‘one size fits all’ definitely does not apply when it comes to Business Continuity Plans. Some organisations prefer an approach that gives them a minimalist ‘aide-memoire’ or checklist style plan, whereas others prefer a ‘fully detailed and documented, step by step with all the reference material included’ approach. Both have advantages, both have disadvantages. There’s no right or wrong.

The only thing that matters is whether the organisation feels good about the Plan – that they look good in their jeans if you will.

So it is important to establish at the beginning of the process which style of Plan is going to be suitable.

Jeans have been around for a long time and I don’t know of anything that is going to change that in the future. The same can be said of Business Continuity Plans – organisations still need them. Fundamentally a Plan is a Plan is a Plan so whilst there may be instances of fads and trends being applied to try and make things look different or better, the basic design underpins the output.

By all means try different styles but whatever you feel most comfortable with is going to be the one that works for you so go with it.

If you need help putting your Business Continuity Plans together please contact me.

February 3, 2017 at 10:59 am
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