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management is a well organized and well defined technique to fulfill
a specific mission, for example the construction of a house,
installing water or electric power supply, building a bridge or even
establishing a crucial computer system. Project management
incorporates building up a task design, which incorporates
characterizing, and affirming the undertaking objectives and targets,
distinguishing obligations and the manners by which the objectives
will be refined, measuring the capital required, and deciding
spending plans and courses of events for the completing point.

The
largest project I have been involved in would be Operation Lentus
2017, British Columbia Forest fires emergency. Operation Lentus is
the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reaction to catastrophic events in
Canada. (Government of Canada Defence 2017)

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Provincial
and regional specialists are the first to react when a noteworthy
catastrophic event happens in Canada. In the event that they progress
toward becoming overpowered, they may approach the CAF for help. At
the point when the CAF reacts to such an emergency, it is known as
Operation Lentus. (Government of Canada Defence 2017)

Operation
Lentus takes after a built up plan of activity to help groups in
emergency. This arrangement can be adjusted to different
circumstances. These might appear as forest fires, surges, ice
storms, or tropical storms.

The
objectives of Operation Lentus 2017 was to help common and provincial
specialists , to react rapidly and viably to the emergency , to
balance the natural disaster situation. Provide relief for the
citizens of the area affected.

Operation
Lentus project meets the definition of a project used in this course
because it has a define start date( August- October 2017). Every
project always starts at one time and must end at one time. Likely to
be complex in terms of work or groups involved. In Operation Lentus
was very dense in term of work, many Canadian Armed Forces participle
in many different assignments as far as work goes. The officers
planned out where the troops needed to be for check points, assisting
the RCMP, firefighting in different areas. Many different groups were
involved, there were private contractors, Canadian Armed Forces which
included the air force, infantry, armoured reconnaissance soldier and
even the RCMP. Another key aspect in the definition of a project is
the requirement of the management of change. During Operation Lentus
many things were changing. For example, the fire control space grew,
new troops and management were brought in, high ranking officers were
being switched out. All of these examples are the true definition of
a project

My
role in Operation Lentus was to fight fires. In the Canadian Armed
Forces we help our country in need and this is why many of us like
myself volunteered to help with the relief of the forest fires. I was
the member of Golf Patrol our patrol was assigned to fight fires,
look for hot spots and help the fire fighters.

Honestly
speaking as a trooper I wouldn’t know the planning and details behind
the project or the larger portfolio, those tasks are with captains or
majors of high rank. I was assigned a task and I had to obey.

Aside
from the Canadian Armed Forces there were numerous groups and people
involved. The RCMP assisted with evacuations and check points with
the Canadian Armed Forces. Fire fighters from all across the world
showed up in support to help. England firefighters from Whales
assisted, Mexico Firefighters assisted and even New Zealand
firefighters helped out. Private companies (firefighters) also came
to show and help with support. Tree climbers from across Canada came,
their job was to climb trees before the fire hit that area and chop
off the branches. All these jobs were very dangerous but the support
from everyone made it safer.

There
was no budget for this natural disaster but at the peak of the fire
efforts it was over $500,000 per day. The risks were of course the
fire, ash pits, getting zoned off by fire so you are trapped and
being lost in the forest. This is why we had medics following us
wherever we went and this is why we were getting danger pay.

Yes,
we did experience outside forces that caused change to the
objectives and even achieving those objectives. The heat was breaking
records which caused the fire to rapidly double and even triple.
Approaching this new fire our main objectives were to contain contain
the fire and control burn the areas which were going to set on fire
soon. With all this we asked for international help and countries
like England and Mexico stepped up to help us. We needed all the help
we could get to meet our new objectives/new mission.

Yes,
Operation Lentus utilized the integrative approach to project
management because it aims to work at an organization scale and the
Canadian Armed Forces is a big organization. Furthermore it set
standards and resources the complete the project. The CAF had many
standards in place, not just at Operation Lentus but as a whole
organization to meet the expectations. It also sets up a management
plan which the CAF designed in the response to Op Lentus, for example
the communication protocols, risk management process etc.

The
project management approach was utilized by the following:

Project
Charter: This is typically the first step in the process. It
basically outlines the “scope”, objectives and who is involved
in this project. For Op Lentus the main objective was to keep
Canadians safe, and stop the fire.

Project
Scope: This is when you specify what the mission is and the main
objectives of the project. For example in Op Lentus the lieutenant
specified that we are here to do and how we will achieve the
objective and what it takes.

Project
Management Plan: puts together all documentation and essential
plans regarding the project . Operation Lentus example: map plan of
where the fires are and where they will spread, communication
protocols, defines where everyone should be and what their jobs are.
All these steps are essential to the integrative project management
approach.

Yes,
Operation Lentus was a complete success. Although it was a tough and
long process. The Canadian Armed Forces with the help of many
international groups were able to contain the fire and eventually put
a stop to it. We helped Canadians get through a tough time as we all
bonded close together. Without the help of our friends and brothers
across the world this operation would not have been this successful.
From not showering for weeks to celebrating when the last of the
fires were put out. I thank all the men and woman who serve to help
make this country the way it is. Operation Lentus 2017. 

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