After our huge 25th Anniversary Event last month, everyone on the team was tired. It was a great kind of tired…after a big win…but we were all ready to move on to the next item on the list. There were plenty of projects that were waiting on us (they had taken a back seat for the past few weeks).
So, no one was really interested in another meeting to talk about the event. It just sounded like more work and wasted time, since the event was behind us.
But we did it. We met to debrief the event. We reviewed things like:
- The final spending list – did we stay within budget? (yes)
- The top 5 things that went wrong – did we learn anything? (yes)
- The top 5 things that contributed to the success
- Names of people who contributed to the success
- Actions we could take to show appreciation for their effort
Then, during the conversation, someone delivered an observation…how future (large) events at the Arena would likely impact traffic at our next campus. It was very insightful, and the project leader said “That was pure gold…and made this meeting worthwhile!”
Not all debrief meetings (After-Action-Reviews) have gold nuggets, but most result in a long list of valuable lessons. Resist the temptation to move on to the next project without first stopping to see what can be learned from the last one.
Thanks for listening.
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