Problem-solving flow chart


27 Responses to “Problem-solving flow chart”

  1. Anonymous says:

    @ anon #4: I recall a version of this on the wall at John Booker & Company, a small instrument maker in Austin TX, cerca mid-1980s.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The giant echo chamber of the internet strikes again. This is a slightly more profane version a flowchart that has been around since the early 90s:

    Can anyone find an earlier reference?

  3. rarebeasts says:

    Looks like how to cover arse in the work place. It could be used for all sorts of problem solving, I love it.

  4. CastanhasDoPara says:

    Rules to live by in a great many of cases.

  5. Melted Crayons says:

    I believe this was published in CoEvolution Quarterly once upon a time.

  6. Sminthian says:

    I’d love to know the provenance, as I first saw this when I entered the workforce in the 80′s and it apparently had been floating around long before then.

  7. 110rdr33f4 says:

    At last, the next generation discovers it…

  8. Anonymous says:

    This was making the rounds of fax machines back in the 70′s, and probably earlier.

  9. Donald Petersen says:

    This goes back a long way. Didn’t an earlier version say, “Didst fuck with it? Yea? Thou dumb shit!”

  10. Anonymous says:

    We have the clean version in our lunchroom, and it has probably been there since 1990.

  11. Anonymous says:

    My grandfather emigrated to the US in the 1950s, to help design modern jet airliners. He had a long and successful career.

    I first saw this hanging in his home office, about 30 years ago. The more things change…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Here is a Safe for Work (SFW) version I made a few years ago when I first saw this.

  13. scruss says:

    This is a broken version of the old standard. I mean, if you didn’t f*ck with it, why would you catch hell for it?

    My dad had one of these in the 70s (UK, computer bureau operator). It was also making the rounds (in Danish!) in the wind turbine industry in the early 1990s.

    • Chrs says:

      Hah, doesn’t really matter if it’s your fault, sometimes you’ll catch hell for it anyway. Definitely not broken, unless you’re talking about the system it’s describing.

  14. W00dy says:

    Last time I saw this was a few months ago working onsite at a nuclear power plant. Always makes me chuckle.

  15. Boondocker says:

    I sure hope I’m in time to inform you all that this is old.

    Like, I had a t-shirt with this on it in like, the nineties. Maybe even the late eighties.


  16. sapere_aude says:

    As a political science professor, I’d have to say that this is actually a pretty good model of how the American political system works.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yes, i agree, it lacks a degree of ethical ownership. Though still funny

  18. Anonymous says:

    This has been around since the mid 80s at least. My father had a copy of this in that exact same odd font. This is an example of the sort of humor that used to circulate by fax.

  19. Anonymous says:

    yup, I work at an engineering firm & this flowchart is most certainly posted on the wall.

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