PARTS & PIECESS
When we talk about PARTS & PIECES, we are referring to two things:
1) An element that is in the AI environment : a PART it's "A piece of the Appreciative Inquiry process": There are cases where we do not follow the 5D process (or other process) in its entirety, but rather parts of it. For example, a part could be:
an appreciative question
a dream experience
encouraging people to progress in deployment plans using the small steps methodology
2) An element that is outside the AI environment : a PIECE. Indeed, Appreciative Inquiry is very integrative of other disciplines. Far from excluding what other disciplines bring, thanks to Appreciative Inquiry we make them even more generative, more powerful.
As an illustration of point 2, here is how Appreciative Inquiry transformed a tool called the Ishigkawa Diagram, well known to people working in quality, especially in industry.
The Ishikawa diagram, also known as a cause and effect diagram or a fishbone diagram, is a business problem-solving tool. Designed by Kaoru Ishikawa, this diagram takes the form of a tree with several branches (or a fishbone). We find there the facts, the problem that encounters company, at the head and the causes are modeled by branches. These causes, the 5M each represent a component of the company.
The Appreciative Inquiry takes this diagram and makes it more generative, appreciative.
Instead of the problem to be solved, we decide on the ideal state to achieve. Instead of analyzing the root causes of dysfunctions, we turn to the narrative of the moments when the ideal state is already manifesting itself, and we find the root causes of these good functions.