In hindsight, it is probably accurate to say the 737 Max overall design was a "no win" design challenge.
Your rival is creaming you in the market with the Airbus NEO fuel efficient range, your sales execs want the same super-revolution in performance, but it *MUST* operate exactly the same as the last 737 (to avoid pilot retraining).
But this requires a bigger new jet engine, that puts the whole plane off balance (requiring automated "bodge" systems, that the pilots can't know about, cause the plane is supposed to be identical to the 1960s design).
Ah yes, but we can't fix the design properly, cause it needs to be taller, Airports don't like paying for the expensive "walk on" walkways.
Cue MCAS, a dual sensor automated "bodge" system, where apparently only 1 sensor was connected, with no redundancy, that faceplants into the ground when it glitches or birds damage it (even when pilots manually fight it). Oh yes - for added fun, the LED that indicates MCAS failure (dual sensor mismatch) is an "optional sales extra".
My engineering mind is truly aghast at this chain of events.......we're not talking about a photocopier company FFS.