Excerpt from Chapter 9 – “CONDUCTING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT”

Published February 7, 2017

Project Management for Experienced Project Managers | Victor Allen and Ron May

Excerpt from Chapter 9 – “CONDUCTING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT”:

An After Action Review (AAR) is a professional discussion of
an event, activity or project, for the purpose of learning from the
actions and results of the event in order to improve the performance
of individuals, a team and the organization. The focus is for
the individuals involved in the event to learn what happened, why
it happened, what went well, what needs improvement and what
can be learned from the experience.

The AAR and its report can be used in three ways. First, it is a
review process during a project to continuously improve the processes
and activities of the project. Second, it is a way to learn
from the successful activities and the less than successful activities.
Third, it is a resource for planning new projects. The reports
documenting the knowledge gained from previous projects can be
used in the planning and execution of the new projects, increasing
the performance of these subsequent projects.