After Action Review

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📎 DesignTechnologies (ex-Clippings) develop a platform that connects architects and interior designers with furniture companies. People describe their coworkers as open for conversation – that make us wonder – do they often do after action reviews?

The task/project is done. Great! Oh, hold on for a second!
Did you get together with the team to discuss what actually happened – what went well, what went wrong, and most importantly why?

Please, welcome the After Action Review to the stage!

This is basically a discussion where everyone on the team shares their raw thoughts and observations on how the project or a singular test from the project was completed and analyzes what to do next.

The idea?
Next time it will be better! 🙂

As the AAR’s are learning-focused discussions that are designed to help the team discover what to do differently and they are based on the desire to find the best practices and innovative approaches, you’ll most probably come to a better outcome as a team next time.

For the AAR to work, the team needs to uncover some issues and learn from the lessons provided by the experience. And so, the discussion should be as open and as honest as they get.

Key points for conducting an After Action Review:

👉 Focus on why things happened.
👉 Compare the intended results with what was actually accomplished.
👉 Encourage active participation by all team members.
👉 Emphasise the value of feedback.

Remember: A facilitator during all discussions helps to keep the focus and the good tone so the discussion remains nonjudgemental because as we know, there is no place for blame and “affected outbursts” in team discussions. 🙂

If you’re wondering what should be the structure, start by collecting the answers to these 3 key points and remember to get everyone’s opinion:

👉 What was supposed to happen? What did happen? Why was there a discrepancy?
👉 What worked? What didn’t work? Why?
👉 What would we do differently next time?

Try it! 😉

Now it’s time for champagne!

A great way to feedback is by asking for it and not giving it 👉 try our Anxiety Party Pill!

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