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Dialexia Throws Down the Gauntlet: Agile versus the EDRM and PMI PMBOK

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I just discovered a new blog, The Rosetta Brief, which is authored by Regina Mullen, CEO of a company called Dialexia, which is a founding partner of the Agile Lawyers Association and plans to debut the first Agile Document Review Team in 2010.  

Although it looks like the blog was launched this month, and Dialexia's Web site is still under development, it already has a number of provocative posts. The most recent post is rather dismissive of PMI's project management standards, arguing that the "PMI crowd" places too much focus on removing all risk from a project, whereas Agile embraces and manages FOR uncertainty, rather than managing OUT uncertainty.[1]  

I disagree with her assessment of PMI's Project Management Body of Knowlege (PMBOK) and believe that the PMBOK is also focused on managing FOR risk and that no experienced project manager would claim that he or she can remove all risk. Mullen offers her company's proprietary, Agile-based Litigation Ecosystem Framework as an alternative not only to the PMBOK, but also the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). In another post on her blog Mullen argues that the EDRM "should be scrapped in favor of Agile processes which focus on getting work 'Done done,' and working in a collaborative fashion from client to court." [2] 

From what I've read so far, she has not made the case for why Agile processes couldn't live in a PMBOK / EDRM ecosystem.  She promotes her Litigation Ecosystem Framework as a superior alternative to PMBOK and the EDRM for the legal environment, including e-discovery work, but here arguments are not fully fleshed out and I couldn't find enough information on her Litigation Ecosystem Framework to conduct a proper comparison to the EDRM or PMBOK. 

As a relatively new entrant to a crowded field, she has her work cut out for her if she wants clients to turn their backs on such well-accepted standards as the PMBOK and the EDRM. It will also be hard to sell a document-review methodology that seems so accepting of risk and so dismissive of attempting to find "smoking guns." [3] Still, I'm intrigued by her plans to set up an agile-based document review service and admire her willingness to question existing standards. 

I look forward to more of her posts and hope I can convince here to participate in an interview on this blog, so I can more fully flesh out some of her claims and methods.

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