Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a well-established strength-based change approach with a proven track record. This article by a leading AI proponent and lean six sigma expert David Shaked outlines its key tenets and suggests that it can complement traditional lean methods, with the potential to create a more positive and sustainable context for continuous improvement. Note that a new AI resource area has been created in Resources/Lean Library (Related tab)
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Based on his Lean Competency System Level 3 Programme submission, this innovative article by James Lascelles provides an illuminating and thought-provoking perspective on lean using fractal thinking. He argues that the approach has several advantages, such as enabling a more rounded definition of lean, helping engender positive team work and engagement and can lead to more effective implementation at different organisational scales.