The Design of People

By Nishant Kothary

Illustration Nishant Kothary

“I am going to get you fired!” yelled Prakash1, the heavyset, smooth talking and very politically savvy engineering manager, so loudly that I could feel my desk vibrate. I’d just returned from lunch and was clearing out my inbox when he marched in looking like Mount St. Helens right before it erupted. He was livid that my executive status report (a weekly report that I sent to all the stakeholders of our project, including the vice-president of the company) announced that the overall project status was “red”, compliments of Prakash’s team letting a few critical milestones pass. In other words, we were going ...

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