For a variety of reasons I’ve not been blogging much here. I’m doing less and less QMS work, and I’ve been exploring other personal projects. But I’m leaving this site up, as it has content that some people find useful.
I have hidden my cloudmansys Confluence space, and removed links to it. Atlassian have yet to fix the issue with linking from images. Until this happens, I would not recommend Confluence Cloud to anyone. UPDATE: They’ve fixed it!
No-code technologies from my time doing this that I would recommend are Glide and Carrd.
If you need to write a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) but don’t know where to start, may I suggest BCP Builder. Here’s why:
It’s an elegant way to build and then maintain your BCP. Used correctly, you’ll produce a solid BCP that will stand scrutiny. BCP Builder gives you access to an online template.
The site is full of valuable, targeted information written by someone who knows their field.
BCP Builder is not free. But it seems very good value considering the time and effort you’ll save. It’s a fraction of what consultancy would cost. There’s a free trial period.
Usually I’m not impressed by templates. I’ve seen many in the ISO 9001 space that sadden my heart. However, from what I’ve seen, BCP Builder has a well constructed and concise template. It guides you towards a valuable endpoint. Guide is important here. You still need to do the work in relation to your business. BCP Builder just ensures that you can focus on this with confidence that you are doing what needs doing. After all, you want to produce a plan for your business, not become a Business Continuity expert.
Building your BCP will be worthwhile in a wider business sense too. The template encourages an approach that fits with ISO 22301‘s context of the organisation, risk and opportunity, and planning in general. The exercise should be illuminating.
Usually I’m not impressed by PDF. These days, in the ISO 9001 space, if I’m given a PDF and told “here’s the QMS”, I’d be worried. However, for a BCP it seems the right thing. BCP Builder lets you build and maintain the BCP online, but deliver it as a single PDF. Perfect for this use case.
Due to my background, I recognise good content. There’s a lot of good stuff on the BCP Builder site about Business Continuity in general. Go judge for yourself.
no-code Perspective BCP Builder is a really nice SaaS business model and solution. I don’t know what the technology stack is, but I’d classify it as a headless CMS. Very focused and purposeful.
My partner sews as a hobby. She sells foldaway shopping bags through Etsy, has a sewing blog, Instagram and Facebook. But she wanted a portfolio site focused solely on what she sells. For this, I’ve used Carrd.
Responsive site templates
Carrd is a website builder that focuses on single page sites. It gives you a selection of responsive templates. Some are aimed at portfolio sites. It’s very easy to quickly produce and publish a site. A few words, upload your images, and hook up your social media icons. The template guides you throughout. Carrd handles the hosting, and it’s SSL.
If you are happy with a carrd.co address, Carrd is free. However, pay just a little and you can use your own domain. Paying also gives you access to more features and more templates. Currently, plans start at 19 dollars a year!
One click and it’s clear
You don’t have long to communicate what a site is about. People bounce quickly. Blogging targets people who share your interest. Buyers just want to see the goods. Portfolio sites do this, and Carrd is a great way to get one. If you are a crafter or artist and want a portfolio site like missjaysewingcorner.co.uk, have a look at Carrd. It’s one of my favourite no-code tools.