I find this whole article to ring so true it almost pains me to read it. Ive been out of the corporate world for almost 2 years now and it still hurts my head to try and understand why the fuck I wrote so many status reports, wasting about a day each week. A full day each week just to say the other stuff your doing does not exactly show efficiency. Yet the people who write them the best get more and more money. Its like gold for shitty mid level management and they just love these things.
I believe email-based status reports are the clearest and best signs of managerial incompetence and laziness.
At one time I was so good other people asked me to write some for them and make the charts “pretty” like mine.