Advantages and Disadvantage of the Tabletop Exercise
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.
What would you ad to these lists?
Rob is a Principal at PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 20 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting PreparedEx clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. During his career Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.