Karmanye – An excerpt From the IT Gita

Arjuna the development engineer was frustrated.
“We are behind schedule, the architecture sucks, there are too many
high pri bugs, but they will not delay the release so that we get time
to get to the right quality.”
He pushed away the keyboard, and groaned,  “I cannot bring so much
pain and misery to so many of our faithful users.”
Krishna, his mentor, smiled and said,

“कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते माफलेषु कदाचन”
(you have control over the actions, not over the rewards)

As it so happened, Arjuna and his team burnt the midnight oil, made
the release on schedule, and very few users complained after all, so
that everybody was happy.

Arjuna was made manager.

In the fullness time and several sprints, the time for the next
release drew near. Arjuna the manager was sick with worry.
“We are behind schedule, the architecture sucks, there are too many
high pri bugs, the team is already putting in long hours that they
cannot stretch more. But I cannot delay the release so that we get
time to get to the right quality”, he e-mailed Krishna.

Krishna, his mentor, was now VP. He mailed back,

“फलेवाधिकारस्ते माऽपेक्षास्वकर्मत्वम” 🙂
(you have control over the rewards, not over the actions)

Arjuna drove down to the plaza and brought back pizzas for the team.
He stayed at the office through the night, although he couldn’t
directly contribute to the work going on. When dawn broke the next
Monday, the team had completed the release.

– section 47, The IT Gita

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