Advantages and Disadvantage of the Tabletop Exercise
I came across some information regarding the main advantages and disadvantages of tabletop exercises. I decided to expand on the list based on my experience and knowledge of conducting these types of exercises regularly.
The tabletop exercise is the most common kind of training exercise conducted by corporations and governments. It is a very useful training tool that has both advantages and disadvantages, as summarized here:
Advantages of Tabletop Exercises
- Requires only a modest commitment in terms of time, cost, and resources.
- Is an effective method for reviewing plans, procedures, and policies.
- Is a good way to familiarize key personnel with their roles and responsibilities.
- Is an opportunity to build trust (team building).
- It stimulates thought processes.
- Helps focus the team within a specific situation (scenarios such as cyber)
- Helps identify any issues, challenges and / or assumptions.
- Helps identify resources necessary to overcome any issues, challenges and / or assumptions.
- Helps identify means of overcoming any identified issues, challenges and / or assumptions.
- An opportunity leaders to practice their crisis management leadership skills.
Disadvantages of Tabletop Exercises
- Lacks realism and thus does not provide a true test of a crisis, emergency, security or business continuity management system’s capabilities.
- Provides only a superficial exercise of plans, procedures, and team capabilities.
- Does not provide a practical way to demonstrate system overload.