Coming from a Quality Engineering background, I’ve always thought of the story of Narasimha as a lesson in good Product Testing Approaches.The demon Hiranyaksha gets a boon from Brahma that was structured like the standard workflow of any software program.
He couldn’t die in day or night
He couldn’t die in air or ground
He couldn’t die by weapon or bare hands
He couldn’t die by man or beast or deva or asura
He couldn’t be killed by anything living or nonliving or anything created by Brahma
Vishnu understands the boundary nature of each of these conditions and identifies new unique conditions that the boon cannot accommodate (by emerging from a pillar at twilight in a half-man half-lion form, placing the asura on his thighs and using his nails) and uses those to break the workflow of the boon and create a showstopper critical defect (which here is the death of the asura)
Can we identify more mistakes in our workflows by thinking like Narasimha?