Last week, there was a great discussion on the frequency of crisis management exercises in a forum I’m part of. What was most surprising to me was the degree of consensus on the ideal tempo. Most folks aim for:
- Quarterly low-intensity tabletops focused on skills development and team cohesion.
- Annual high-intensity simulations to reinforce learning and test teams and systems in a realistic environment.
A bonus would be an additional monthly ‘booster’ session (like a lunch and learn) on a specific topic or skill.
It was great to see that no one suggested one-off annual exercises, which are only good for checking the ‘training’ box and burning up a lot of cash in the process.