Posted by: JC Gatlin | January 17, 2010

You wanna play this new game? It’s called “Someone Should Do Something About That”


Someone Should Do Something About That” is a lot of fun and real easy to play. It’s safe for all ages. In fact, everyone can join in!

First, all you have to do is identify a problem, waste or any kind of deviation from standard.  And, you get extra points if its recurring!

Then, look at someone square in the eye and say, “I can’t believe someone just left it that way!”  Note: You lose one turn if you don’t point a finger.

Next, someone else must agree and state some type of obvious conclusion. Stating that it’s “wasteful” is playing it safe. But you can be creative and can conclude that the problem is “annoying,” “useless,” or even “embarrassing.”

Finally, the first person who says, “Someone should do something about that!” is THE WINNER!!!!

“Someone Should Do Something About That” can be hours of  fun and will entertain even your most no-nonsense, by-the-book co-workers. However, this game can become addictive.

It’s not really lean though…

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  3. Came across this article on StumbleUpon

  4. Excellent message (and great cartoon skills)! Many folks are great at identifying an issue or problem, but stop short of identifying the root cause and formulating and implementing countermeasures. Why? Often because saying “someone should…” is easier. It’s kind of an anonymous version of the 5 who’s versus the 5 why’s. It also is reflective of a culture that does not have a bias for action, perhaps because people are not encouraged, empowered or trained to experiment (PDCA).

  5. Hi there. Thanks for this site. I visit it regularly to get the latest articles. Extremely interesting entry.

  6. This is one of the best blogs I’ve found on lean and the cartoon construction characters are classic. Where else do they appear? I printed a few of them and posted them in our breakroom. Its so funny, but so true…. (especially the toilet paper!) 🙂

  7. Love these! JC you are soooo talented!

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