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Method: "Pause and Learn" Home Page

Title: Pause and Learn
Abbreviation: PaL
Similar Method: Post-Mortem Analysis
Description: Pause and Learn is a methodology created and used by the U.S. NASA agency. A Pause and Learn (PaL) session is an intended time for reflecting among fellow community or team members. A PaL session usually focuses on recent events, as pausing should occur shortly after the event that is intended to be decomposed and analyzed for learning. PaL is very much like mini-Post-Mortems, where many smaller Post-Mortems are performed often and after many individual project activities, rather than waiting to perform on big Post-Mortem at the end of a project, where much knowledge can already be lost.
PaL is simple to implement and requires a small time commitment. Typically, a facilitator from outside the team is brought in to guide the discussion over a period of one or two hours. The primary benefit of the session is the participants' own learning and reflection. Reports are not required and the environment is one of non-attribution.
PaL practices are naturally embedded in modern Agile project management methodologies, such as Peer-Programming, SCRUM, and eXtreme Programming.
Read More: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/about/organizations/OCKO/pause/
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