I’ve often blogged about Dilbert and “dilbert lean” is a fairly common search term, so I thought I’d do my best to compile all of the Lean or Six Sigma related strips that I could find into a single post, providing links to them:. If I’m missing anything, let me know.
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10/16/11: Dilbert’s boss does all he can to discourage ideas
1/19/07: Pointy-haired boss wants to combine Lean and Six Sigma
6/17/11: Wally misunderstands what a “kaizen” should be all about (also see this blog post).
9/30/11: Dilbert’s boss doesn’t want ideas
1/31/07: Lean has a “bias for action,” while Six Sigma sometimes suffers from a “bias for more analysis.”
1/26/06: I don’t mean to be highlighting strips that mock Six Sigma. Many of these Six Sigma jokes could be applied just the same to Lean (or “L.A.M.E.“).
3/21/05: Maybe he meant “lean up” in a very colloquial sense, not really talking about Lean Management
10/6/01: The Lean philosophy embraces the concept of “no problems is a problem.” We have to uncover and understand the root cause of our problems… but first we have to admit we have them (see strip)
10/3/01: Again, the same joke could be made with Lean
10/4/01: Again, not just picking on Six Sigma.
10/5/01: Wow, Dogbert doesn’t practice the Lean concept of “respect for people,” does he?
9/9/05: Dilbert’s company really misapplies Lean 5S principles.
12/5/94: Too many organizations, sadly, just try to copy Toyota instead of really understanding what’s behind Lean and the Toyota Production System.
3/13/91: Wow, this is an old strip.
3/14/03: Poor Dilbert – Just in Time Inventory strategy
2/13/11: This illustrates how Dilbert’s boss is not a Lean Thinker (blog post)
1/18/09: More waste illustrated at Dilbert’s company (blog post).
12/4/2008: Dilbert’s company is not big on employee ideas or “Kaizen,” apparently
11/11/2010: Dilbert’s boss blames people, not the system
2/24/2004: Again, punishing people who take risks
4/18/1999 — Patty the Process Person who “doesn’t know how to do anything” :-)
4/27/2004 — All the suggestions say “more money”
10/14/1992 — Dilbert’s boss sets a trap
Which strip is your favorite? Which hurts the most? Were there any Lean-related strips that I missed?
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.