Keep your pants on?!?

Firefighters, after the incident is over, will traditionally get together and talk about what happened. (what went right, what went wrong) This is called a De-brief. The information gained in the de-brief will feed back into training (both for the crew and the department), will feed back into safety (if anything goes wrong, or was perceived to be hazardous), and may end up being sent to Federal Agencies (if something tragic happened). Your group can benefit from this practice.

In the game world, after a raid or after a day of battle grounds, you should get on vent and talk about what went right and what went wrong. Sometimes you will find out what is holding you back is a misunderstanding that couldn’t be handled during the raid or the battle ground. Sometimes you will find out that some extra study might be in order for the group. (wowwiki anyone?) You might find out that the reason things are going smooth are because your team is getting good at making macros on the fly. (yes, you should have those) Latency issues sometimes are hard to communicate during a fight, but after the raid you can talk about how to fix it.

The information you gain can be used in your guild forums. (yes, you should have those if you are serious about being the best) The threads created from a de-brief will help future raiders/PvP’ers in your guild, help your bench make sure they are ready, and possibly help visitors to your guilds forums. (if you are nice enough to share) This information could also come back to people like me, people who like to blog and share their information with the world. (or to a podcast where they can rant about it, nods to David)

I must emphasize that all de-briefs need to be a safe conversation where accusations never fly. If it is not seen as a safe conversation people will not share what they have seen. All conversation should be observations and not opinions. On a fire scene every firefighter on scene is asked by roll call what they saw, things they can improve, things that would improve their performance that could be provided. So make sure the conversation is seen as an open discussion.

Until next time,

Don’t stand in the fire.

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~ by firemantony on April 20, 2010.

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