By: Moria Levy (Publication Date: 19/11/2011)

BAR (Before Action Review) is a complimentary term for AAR (After Action Review) which serves as the most popular debriefing method in the US and originates from the navy. AAR is performed following activities and is as simple as it is effective. BAR, on the other hand, is a process performed prior to performance.

The BAR includes four questions:

  1. What are the planned results and related KPI’s?
  2. What challenges can we predict?
  3. What have others or we learned from similar situations?
  4. What will make it succeed this time?

The beauty of this method, besides its simplicity, is its synergy with the AAR questions combined by using these two complementary sets of debriefing questions.