The practice of After Action Review, AAR, comes from the military, as in the US Army’s TC25-20 “A Leader’s Guide to After-Action Reviews” 9/93. The approach is a classic example of Plan/Do/Check/Act and after an activity, while events are still fresh we ask five questions as follows:
- What was the plan?
- What actually happened?
- What went well? So we can be sure to do it again.
- What went wrong? So we can figure out how to do better.
- What are we going to do now?