I'm sure every engineer has had one of those brilliant Dilbert moments where you just lived through something you saw in a strip.  Here are two of mine--I'd love to hear about any others!

  1. I was working for Glenayre Electronics in Vancouver, BC.  I got there at the tail end of a major growth spurt, one of the results of which was a shiny new 6-storey building being built next door.  I had just seen a Dilbert (either the strip or animation, I can't remember) in which the company had to stop building a new building because they ran out of money.  About a week later, management announced that we were going to cap the new building at one storey.  It gave us a nice 6-floor parking garage, though.
  2. I was working for a start-up.  The sane people had decided that not getting paid to work all the time actually wasn't that much fun.  Around that time, there was a stip in which Dilbert was asked to sit in a vacant cubicle to make it look like people were working.  About a month after we left, a group of us were called in to help the president with an investor presentation by sitting at our old desks looking busy...

Anybody else?  I think I might have some readers that sat through number 2 with me...