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After Action Reviews
This organizational learning method was developed by the U.S. Army to improve unit performance. The army writes:
After Action Reviews (AARs) have proven to be the single most important event in collective training.
Cited in Morrison, John E., and Larry L. Meliza. "Foundations of the after action review process." Alexandria, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1999, p.21.
Peter Senge, the management guru, adds:
The Army's After Action Review (AAR) is arguably one of the most successful organizational learning methods yet devised.
Peter Senge cited in Mastaglio, Thomas, Jeffery Wilkinson, Phillip N. Jones, James P. Bliss, and John S. Barnett. "Current Practice and Theoretical Foundations of the after Action Review." Arlington, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 2011, p.2.
A 2-hour workshop teaches AAR methods, explains why they’re effective, and provides the time to practice them.