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