- Motivation? Fear or respect to the King or a mix of both! [Build it , or you are killed ! – haa haa]
- Fund ? Unlimited funding from the King’s treasure!
- Quality ? The king won’t compromise for a low grade product! – So best of its kind!
- Schedule? Yep , there would have been , because the King want to see the result before he dies and probably he want to enjoy the fame of the great creation for as long as it can be !
- Challenging locations
- Enormous sizes
- Overall symmetry in site installations
- Symmetry in individual structures
- Minute art works in elements of individual structures
Indian art generally seems to focus on symmetry and detailing. The same reflects on old constructions as well. More over ancient artists/crafts men are fathers of modern engineers! Even renaissance engineers like Da Vinci and Michael Angelo were outstanding artists also apart from being engineers and inventors.
- Educated upper society was only interested in the beauty and magnificence of the structures. In short the focus was on design & architecture and not in the methodology of construction.
- Execution was the responsibility of craftsmen who were generally uneducated.
- Secrecy: Several techniques were kept as secret among certain ‘Gothras’ or tribes who were specialised in crafts. These techniques were only transmitted from one generation to the next of the same ‘Gothra’
- It is also debated that rulers kill the creators/crew of great structures once it is completed so that similar kind is not built again (How ever , this is not a proven fact!)
It will be great , if premier PM organizations like PMI take up some research projects on ‘Ancient Project Management’ and extend the history of PM beyond 19th century. It may also bring out some theories which can contribute to modern project management.
If you have few more moments to spare, just have a look at these outstanding ancient projects. I also recommend you to visit the external links provided at the end of this article.
208 BC The first major construction of the Great Wall of China, circa 221-206 BC
The Mausoleum at
Madurai Meenakshi temple, India