After Action Review


The After Action Review (AAR) may also be referred to as an After-Action Debriefing, a Look Back, etc. The AAR ought provide a candid discussion of performance against objectives by participants who have insight, observation, or questions that will help identify and correct deficiencies, or maintain strengths, of the completed project.

An AAR is not intended to critique, grade success or failure; rather to identify weaknesses to improve and strengths to sustain.


Annotated agendas are intended for use by the facilitator and can extend up to twenty pages and larger.  They provide a play script of the context that needs to managed, typically in a partial day, full day, or multiple day workshop environment.  They stipulate in great detail the Purpose of each agenda step, the Questions to be addressed during each step, and the need place for multi-media support including movie files, PowerPoint slides, and large Post-It notes.  Each agenda step provides an estimated timeframe, summary statements, and additional notes.  MOST IMPORTANTLY each agenda step comes with a highly detailed method—HOW TO facilitate the deliverable with an emphasis on the analysis tool and HOW TO take lists and converge them into documents and consensually agreed upon findings, outputs, and actions.


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