Midstream and at the end of each initiative, teams can learn from their experience by conducting an after action review (AAR).
- We often finish one project…and jump right into the next one…without taking time to reflect on what worked well…and what could have been improved for the next time around.…Midstream and at the end of each project,…a simple and powerful way to evaluate your work process…is to conduct an after action review.…I'll give you a little background on what this means…and then walk you through this process.…After action reviews have their roots…in the United States military.…They're used for training…and take place after combat missions…so that soldiers can take what they've learned…from the completed mission into the next one.…
The core questions for an after action review…include one, what happened?…This seems like an obvious question…but it's an important place to start.…You're basically starting at the end…and determining what the outcome was.…A related followup question is what was supposed to happen?…A second question is what worked well?…Hopefully, there are some positive takeaways…from your engagement.…What are they?…
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- Defining roles and commitments
- Managing conflict
- Establishing and maintaining trust
- Creating a shared vision and focusing on objectives
- Providing feedback
- Structuring time for reflection
- Holding teammates accountable
- Communicating in face-to-face and virtual meetings
- Communicating across job functions and across cultures