Category Archives: Dilbert

Dilbert – Eliminating Redundancies

I thought a great Dilbert cartoon would be just right for today.  A fun break from the norm.

Have you ever started a project and then found out someone else is working on the same thing or something very similar?  It can be very frustrating.  How about Dilbert?  Trying to eliminate redundancies only to find out there is redundancy.

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Dilbert has great intent because it is a good thing to eliminate waste.  This is why alignment throughout the organization is so important, especially today.  Resources within companies are too scarce to have people not aligned.  Multiple employees working on the same thing is waste that companies can ill afford.

Have a great Memorial Day!

Dilbert Tackles Stand-up Meetings

A concept that is commonly referred to from a lean perspective is the stand-up meeting.  Instead of sitting in a conference room where everyone can get comfortable and talk about things for hours……….and yes I mean hours, the stand-up meeting is a shorter, to the point meeting.  During the stand-up meeting the group focuses on the problems and opportunities.  Two benefits of standing up is people are more willing to be short and concise with their statements and people are more willing to go and directly observe the problem or opportunity they are discussing.  When sitting it is even easier to problem solve in the conference room.

Below, Dogbert the Consultant suggests stand-up meetings.  It may be for the wrong reasons, but I bet the meetings are shorter.  Great depiction of misunderstanding a concept.  Hilarious cartoon though.

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Dilbert – Six Sigma and Lean

This is the time of year where everyone is (or just finished) planning for the new year.  One of the biggest topics, I hope, is what are the improvement strategies for the new year.  The pointy-haired boss is tackling that same issue.

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I hope it wasn’t a waste of time at your company.  Good luck in 2011!

Dilbert – Creating Less Fear to Experiment

I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day.  I had plenty of food and and football with my family.  It was great.  Now it is time for a sanity break from the Black Friday shopping.  What better way to do it then with Dilbert.

As lean leaders, we try to create an environment that rewards experimentation.  With experimentation comes failure and we want people to feel comfortable with failing if they try something new, as long as they are learning from it.  I saw this Dilbert strip a couple of weeks ago.  It seemed to nail the struggle between traditonal mindsets and lean mindsets.

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Is this what you hear a lot at work?  Does you manager say he wants you to try new things?  Does your manager get upset when you try something new and it doesn’t work?  This is such a big mindset to break.  We have to provide them with experiences that show them it is alright to try something new and if it doesn’t work, that is OK.