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After Action Review: Continuous Improvement Made Easy

By : Artie Mahal
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After Action Review: Continuous Improvement Made Easy

By: Artie Mahal

Overview of this book

Even if we're not consciously aware of it, we're constantly seeking improvement. This continual quest for improvement begins when you start differentiating between "what was" and "what could be." Through this book, you’ll learn how to apply both informal and formal continuous improvement approaches to reflect upon and analyze your individual work or the work of your team. The book begins by covering the basic facilitation skills that you'll need to conduct an AAR. These skills include active listening, questioning, information gathering and analysis, managing group dynamics, and more. You'll dive deep into the AAR technique and explore all its aspects in detail including its value proposition and frameworks. As you progress through the book, you'll explore the informal and formal approaches to AAR and understand the situations where each can be used. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to apply this technique and its fundamentals to assess the improve the outcome of your project you undertake or a life event.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

When should the AAR tool be used?

It is best to conduct AAR immediately after an activity has taken place and before the participants or project team disbands. This is a great opportunity for Informal AAR, as it can be spontaneous with little planning, and may take less than 20 to 30 minutes. On the other hand, Formal AAR needs detailed planning and can take more time. Depending on the scope of the project, the Formal AAR can take one to three days.

An AAR is a structured approach to managing knowledge and continuous improvement of any activity, project, or work session. It is also used to build a culture of accountability. This approach permits the participants of an activity to discover for themselves what happened and why. It can also be used to solicit ideas on how a particular activity could have been performed better. It should be conducted in response to some significant activity, or when an event in an organization has concluded.

The idea is to capture the learning immediately...