Project management in Valmiki Ramayana – 6

PMBoK definition of “Administer Procurement”

Managing the contract and relationship between the buyer and the seller, reviewing and documenting how the seller is performing to establish required corrective actions and provide a basis for future relationship with the seller.

The scene from Ramayana:

When Janaka gives Sita in marriage to Rama he says, “This is my beloved daughter Sita. Hold her hands and take her as your wife and protect her This chaste and fortunate girl will support you in all your dharma and will follow you like a shadow wherever you go.” Both Sita and Rama beautifully honor this contract of marriage.

How the scene maps to the process:

When Rama goes to forest, he advises Sita to stay back in Ayodhya with his parents citing the dangers in forest life. But Sita through much persuasion gets Rama’s permission to go with him. In spite of being a princess from birth, she happily lives the frugal life of forest dwellers and keeps good company for Rama. In turn, Rama undertakes enormous efforts to rescue her when she was lost. He befriends Sugriva, kills Vali, a powerful monkey king, finds out where Sita is hidden with the help of Hanuman, builds a bridge on the ocean, wages a war on the mighty Ravana to kill him and rescue Sita.



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Ganapathy Subramanian, Founder and CEO of MS Academy has a B.E degree from CEG Anna University. After 20 years in IT industry, he left a senior management position to pursue and lead his dream project - Management Scholars Academy. In his successful IT career, Ganapathy has been VP-HR at Polaris FT Ltd and Director-Projects at CSC India Pvt Ltd. He has designed, developed, and deployed many innovative leadership training programs, PM competency diagnostics frameworks, and performance management systems for project managers. These programs helped the corporates build PM competency and excel in project management practices. Ganapathy has traveled extensively in the US, UK, Japan and Singapore as a consultant for AT&T, Lucent, Citibank, CSC, Unilever and Visa. Ganapathy has been a mentor to many project managers in CSC, Polaris and now to hundreds of PMs through MS Academy. He has coached many PMs to appear and get the PMP certification. The reason MS Academy's PMP training program has become so popular so quickly is that the trainers give personal time and attention during and after the boot camp and guide the PMP aspirants step by step towards their goal. Please visit or contact for further details.


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Umasree Raghunath
May 13th, 2010

This one is really interesting. When even I have taken training session, I used to give examples from real life scenarios and from the epics. Infact I think our epics have given us immense value of management, adminsitration, globalization even thousands of years ago… and what we are doing is an improvised and modern way of the teachings of ancient times. Thats exactly was my findings attending Swami parthsarathy lectures on Bhagavat Gita, and the way he links the present day management to ancient way of administration…am sure there is lot more to learn from them….
.-= Umasree Raghunath´s last blog ..10 Suggestions for Aspiring PMPs =-.

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