What seems to be preventing these powerful learning experiences from occurring in organizations? The usual answer is time. We hear responses such as the following:
“We would love to conduct postmorterms, but who has the time to perform that work?” “We are always rushing off to implement the next set of plans.” “No one rewards you for taking time out to review and learn from past experiences.”
In my view, time represents a significant challenge, but these types of explanations often mask a deeper problem in the organization. What are the true impediments to engaging in after-action reviews?