Project Management in Valmiki Ramayana – 10

Project Integration Management

PMBoK definition of Close Project or Phase

Finalizing all activities across all of the project management process groups to formally close the project or a project phase

The scene from Ramayana:

After Ravana was killed SriRama asks Vibhishana, Ravana’s brother to perform the final rites for Ravana. Rama then commands Lakshmana to coronate Vibhishana as the king of Lanka with the help of Sugriva and others, as Rama himself would not enter any city or town for 14 years. He orders Vibhishana to reward the monkey army with gold and gemstones for their valor displayed in warfare. He sends back the Mathali, the charioteer of Indra who came for help in his combat with Ravana, after paying due respects. He bids farewell to Vibhishana and Sugriva. When they express their wish to come to Ayodhya to witness Rama’s coronation Rama agrees. He returns to Ayodhya in the pushpaka viman, an aerial car with his friends. The moment he lands he sends pushpaka viman back to Kubera to whom it originally belonged before Ravana grabbed it from him.
After all this done, Srirama was coronated as the king of Ayodhya with Sitadevi on his side.

How the scene maps to the process:

Rama was in a hurry to return to Ayodhya to meet Bharatha and his mothers. But he brought the project (Refer to scope management to know more about the project) to a formal closure by performing all the closure activities of the project.

With this post this series comes to a close. Next I want to write a series on “People CMM in Valmiki Ramayana”


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Ramesh Baburao
September 19th, 2010

Rama ensured he rewarded and recognized valor displayed by monkey army in the warfare. He was professional and ethical by enthroning Vibhishana the king of lanka and Sugriva the king of monkeys. He did not want to rule Lanka or the monkeys.

Though longing to see his family, Rama did properly close the project and then pursued his personal interests.

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