Conducting a pre-mortem and post-mortem, which mean simply mean “before death” and “after death,” respectively, is a good strategy to boost the chances of a present or future project succeeding. During a pre-mortem, soldiers consider and imagine everything that may possibly be bad during their operation, such as an adversary appearing from nowhere, a team member becoming hurt, or any other undesired incident. Soldiers convene for a post-mortem, also known as an After-Action Report after an operation is concluded. Everyone is allowed to discuss their minds, regardless of their position. We must take action, whether we use a pre-mortem to foresee our challenges or a post-mortem to learn from our mistakes. We will miss out on the opportunity to improve if we do not act on our findings.
The Crossroads of Special Operations