Debriefing Kards (or Cards) are a reflective tool that can be used to facilitate the debriefing process in a variety of contexts, such as work teams, training sessions and live events.
In this article, we’ll explore the benefits and applications of Debriefing Kards, as well as the steps involved in running a successful Debriefing Kards session. Whether to improve team performance or operational practices, Debriefing Kards are an invaluable tool for facilitating reflection, learning and continuous improvement.
Debriefing Kards are playing cards with stimulating questions or phrases that help individuals or teams to reflect . They can be used to debrief a training session, a coaching session, a team meeting, an emergency intervention (and yes, this tool is also used by some emergency services and the military!) or any other situation requiring in-depth reflection.
The questions and phrases on the cards are designed to encourage reflection on the positive and negative aspects of the experience, to identify lessons learned and to identify areas for improvement for better performance in the future. Debriefing Kards are often used in military contexts, rescue services and organizations carrying out emergency response, but they can be used in a variety of other fields to facilitate learning and continuous improvement.
How to run a Debriefing Kards session?
Debriefing Kards are designed to stimulate critical and constructive reflection on a past experience. The questions and phrases on the cards help individuals or teams to reflect on the positive and negative aspects of the experience, identify lessons learned and determine areas for improvement for better performance in the future.
Here are a few steps a Coach or Scrum Master should take to run a Debriefing Kards session:
Prepare the cards: select cards according to the experience you wish to debrief. Make sure you have enough cards to allow for in-depth and varied discussion. You can also add your own questions or phrases to suit the specific situation.
Explain the purpose of the session: make sure that all participants clearly understand the purpose of the Debriefing Kards session. Indicate that the aim is to reflect on past experience, identify lessons learned and determine actions to be taken to improve performance in the future.
Distribute the cards: distribute the cards evenly among the participants. Ask them to read the questions or phrases on the cards and reflect on their experiences in relation to these questions or phrases.
Open discussion: ask participants to share their thoughts and experiences in response to the questions or phrases on the cards. Encourage open and honest discussion, and make sure all participants have the opportunity to take part.
Facilitate discussion: ask additional questions to deepen the discussion if necessary. Help participants identify lessons learned and actions to be taken to improve performance in the future.
Conclude the session: summarize the key points of the discussion and ensure that all participants have understood the lessons learned and the actions to be taken to improve performance in the future. Thank participants for their participation and encourage them to put what they have learned into practice.
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of this serious game
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of this powerful tool:
Use the cards as a guide: Debriefing Kards are designed to stimulate reflection and help you explore different aspects of an experience. Use the cards as a guide to make sure you examine all angles of an event or situation.
Encourage everyone to participate: Make sure that every team member has the opportunity to express themselves and use the cards to give their point of view on the experiment. Encourage constructive comments and ideas for improvement.
Be honest and objective: Debriefing Kards are designed to encourage honest and objective reflection on an experience. Try not to let your emotions or personal opinions influence your thinking.
Make the connection with your objectives: To get the most out of Debriefing Kards, make sure you link them to your objectives. Think about how the experience can help you achieve your goals, and use the feedback and ideas for improvement to guide your next step.
Use the results: The results of your debriefing session can be used to improve team performance, plan corrective actions or evaluate the effectiveness of your strategy. Be sure to use the results to create a clear action plan and to monitor the implementation of changes.
By following these tips, you can make the most of Debriefing Kards to improve your team’s performance and achieve your goals.