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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)


An international food manufacturing organization had built a multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art factory. Their management planned and conducted a three-day After Action Review workshop to capture lessons or conclusions that could benefit other factories in different parts of the world. The management of this newly built factory had outlined their mission as follows:


  • Capture and share lessons or conclusions of the new plant initiative
  • Validate what we have learned, and offer best practice design considerations for manufacturing sites elsewhere


Drive value. Produce actionable output (i.e. lessons, conclusions, and recommendations), including what we should do differently


  • Initiate After Action Review
  • Develop AAR Pre-Work Information Gathering
  • Establish Works Team by “Theme” category. (Themes were identified for workstream groups: Engineering, Land & Site, R & D, Security, Quality...