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Links to Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma

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.

You can reach this page at www.leanblog.org/dilbert. Click on any description to see it on Dilbert.com, where you can also buy merchandise with your favorite strip.

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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 new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus.

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14 Comments on "Links to Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma"

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  1. Matt Wrye says:

    Mark –

    You went deep into the Dilbert archives. I love posting about the comparisons between lean and the Dilbert cartoons myself. Thanks for putting them all together.

  2. Pete Abilla
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    Great stuff; cartoons embody a lot of truth and conveys it in a way the breaks down resistance and defensiveness. Good stuff Mark.

  3. Rand Drake says:

    Thanks, I needed that! What makes these so funny is that everyone has worked at the same company as Dilbert!

  4. Meikah Delid says:

    This is really cool!

    You beat me to this! I’ve been planning to do a post like this. :-D

    I just love Dilbert!

  5. Patra Madden says:

    Sorry I don’t have a link to this but there was a Dilbert that had “Patty the Process Person” who lasted just a bit longer than “Timmy the Facilitator”. I had it on my desk for a while but it has disappeared. If only I’d practice what I preach about 5S!

    Patra Madden
    Process Improvement Advisory Engineer
    Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
    Kesselring Site, W Milton, NY

  6. Patra Madden says:

    Mark,
    Thanks so much, she’s going on my office door!
    Patra

  7. Andrew Bishop says:

    This one on non-zero safety goals is a favorite of mine – could just as well be posted as a comment on the Paul O’Neill podcast:

    Safety Goals

  8. Herman Vis says:

    Mark, thanks for putting them all together!

    Nice to read and so familiar… also in The Netherlands ;-)

    Gr. Herman

  9. Brilliant. The strip about six sigma being widely discredited was just what I was looking for.

    CT

  10. Thomas Sortino says:

    Hi Mark – great compilation!
    I have a copy somewhere of a Dilbert has been taken hostage by Accounting trols and Dogbert rescues him by casing them to ‘shift their paradigms without a clutch’… Last time I had a fixed office I had it on the wall of cartoons-with-meaning, and it always got a laugh. It may fit with this series, although it doesn’t specifically mention either lean or SS.
    Keep up the good work!
    Thomas

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