Beach factor is a more human-centric alternative to the term bus factor.
I have always disliked the phrase "Bus Factor (term)" for two main reasons:
My co-worker Duncan Smith said a great alternative: Beach Factor.
Beach factor is a way to determine if an individual could go on a long vacation without impact to the organization.
It's about the critical nature of restoration of an individual before it's about operability of a company (while still recognizing operability as important).
Next time you think to reach for "bus factor" (or hear a peer say "bus factor"), consider shifting the phrase and the paradigm towards a kinder, equally clarifying phrase: Beach Factor.
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