What the military can teach corporations about after action reviews

After any operation, the military conducts and After-Action Review. They ask basic questions such as: ‘What was supposed to happen?’; ‘What actually happened?’; ‘How can we improve?’. The goal for these After-Action Reviews is to come up with better planning and training so that these high-risk operations become less risky.

This presentation will go into why it is important to do After-Action Reviews, even from the most mundane document to attending a conference. We talk about the different types of actions: defensive, opportunistic, and long-term. The presentation goes into when to do an after-action review and how to do an after-action review.

What can the audience expect to learn?

• The importance of conducting After Action Reviews

• How and when to conduct After Action Reviews

• How After Action Reviews improve quality.

Meet the presenter

David Welguisz has over fifteen years in the semiconductor industry from designing computer chips, documentation, and process improvement. For the last 5 years he has focused on information process improvements. He has led teams that have transformed documentation processes that took 8 to 12 weeks down to 5 minutes. In his latest process improvement project, the team was able to produce a 200-page technical document from design data in 24 hours that was valuable for winning new businesses. David graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2000 and a Masters of Business Administration in 2013 both from The University of Texas at Austin.

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