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In defense of Dilbert. (Letters).

I read Gregory F. Augustine Pierce's article ("Don't be a Dilbert," September) with some interest, since I not only am a fan of Scott Adams' strip, but have been a practicing engineer for over 30 years. Pierce is probably right that the people in the Dilbert strip would find things equally bad at any employer. But the reason is not, as he proposes, a lack of spirituality--it's the nature of engineering and engineering management in this country. If something doesn't work, management tells the engineers to "make it work," without bothering to ask whether or not it can work!

It is regrettable that Pierce didn't check first with some engineers before writing an article that was intended to be serious, but which came out well-intentioned but uninformed.
H. Jon Thomas
San Jose, Calif.
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Author:Thomas, H. Jon
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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