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April 2010 Archives

There has been a bit of buzz about e-discovery project manager qualifications in the blawgosphere following my recent post about Kroll Ontrack's job requirements for Litigation Support Project Managers and Case Consultants, based on a recent discussion on the e-LEGAL group...



Happy Birthday LPM!

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It was one year ago on this date that I posted my first blog post on legal project management. One year and more than 150 posts later, my mission remains the same:  [T]o publish information on project management that is...



This post is part of a new series that will document my efforts to create healthier working environment.  The topics discussed in this series are not specific only to legal project management professionals.  They are applicable to any sedentary, knowledge...



LPM Tidbits is my (mostly) weekly collection of items of interest to LPM not otherwise written up in another post. Mel Bost includes law firms in his ruminations on the sudden proliferation of Program Management Office (PMO) organizational structures in project-focused...



Liz Kurtz, in a recent article for Small Law, reports on the results of the University of Florida Levin School of Law's "2010 Perfect Practice Legal Technology Institute Study" (PP-LTI Study). Two findings from this study that stand out are: ...



"Having more lawyers who are better at managing projects to a budget is the only way [alternative fee] arrangements will gain traction." In the second of an occasional series in on how law firms are implementing process/project management techniques, Gina...



Craig Blakeley, an e-discovery project manager at Kroll Ontrack provides Kroll's job requirements for Litigation Support Project Managers and Case Consultants in a discussion thread on the e-LEGAL group on LinkedIn. They are: Bachelors degree in Business or related field...



On May 13th, the Association of Corporate Counsel's Law Department Management Committee will present a one-hour CLE program, sponsored by the Huron Consulting Group, that will discuss project management within the legal profession. Title: Applying Project Management to Legal MattersFormat:...



Smart Planet published an interview[1] with Jeanne Harris this past Monday discussing her new book, Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results, [2] which she co-authored with Tom Davenport. The book follows their Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning.[3] Analytics at Work is intended for a...



I'm really starting to like Larry Port and his Rocket Matter Blog. I never met Mr. Port, but few company blogs, much less software blogs, keep my interest. Generally, I relegate them to a "software updates" folder in Google Reader, which...



Not sure how this one slipped past me. At the beginning of this month, American Lawyer posted a six-minute interview with J. Stephen Poor, Managing Partner of Seyfarth Shaw on how Six Sigma is working out for the firm.[1] There's not...



Jim Middlemiss reports in the National Post [1] that the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault has launching its own home-baked project management system. 18-months in development, the system is intended to help the firm's lawyers "with planning and estimating legal projects."The Microsoft Excel-based...



I recently read an interesting post by Barry Rozen on his Litscovery Blog about the emerging role of IT-legal Liason and its importance in effectively managing electronic discovery.[1]In essence, the purpose of such a position is to have a "middle person"...



Mark Gerow, Director of Application Development and Business Process at Fenwick & West, shares his first impressions of SharePoint 2010 in Law Technology News today (though the article is pre-dated for the 19th). [1] Of the "hundreds, if not thousands, of significant...



Steven Levy discusses tools for process mapping and Gantt charts in today's post to his Lexician blog.[1]  As a once-ardent user of the Hipster PDA (between jobs, when I was blissfully free from a smartphone), I particularly like his suggested old-school...



UPDATE: When I first posted this, I failed to link to the original site. Very bad form on my part. Sorry. You may find the original content, from which I quoted, here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/ Google Alerts found the following head scratcher...



It seems that one of my recent posts has caused some of Toby Brown's suppressed memories related to mental abuse suffered while studying economics to resurface. I feel awful and will consider including a prominently displayed warning on my blog....



Just after I noted that high-paying e-discovery project management jobs are not requiring law licenses, project management or other certifications, or even college degrees, I come across a post by David Kaufer on Teris's Sophisticated Litigation Support blog that claims that e-discovery certification...



It look's like one of The Posse List's predictions for 2010 is proving is coming true: e-discovery project management is becoming a serious career choice. According a survey by The Cowen Group, a litigation-support staffing agency, the e-discovery job market...



I've been going over the recently leaked and just recently released U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings and enjoying the annual brouhaha over their validity and the negative effect they supposedly have on U.S. legal education. It was the last...



Jim Hassett has posted the fourth installment of his five-party series on legal project management today at his Legal Business Development blog.[1] In it he discusses the importance of trade-offs and why perfectionism is often just an excuse for scope creep...



Larry Port posted the second installment in a series on the "Pomodoro Technique" at the Rocket Matter Blog today.[1] Simply put, the Pomodoro Technique is the practice of using a kitchen timer to force yourself to focus on one task for...



In a recent post to his Law Department Management blog, Rees Morrison shares an observation made by an unnamed speaker at a recent Ark Conference that choreographing the work of several firms and vendors, rather than hiring one firm to handle everything, need...



Steven Levy challenges the conventional wisdom represented by a couple of project-management cliches related to metrics:You Can't Manage What You Can't MeasureYou Get What You MeasureThe first he dismisses as "doubly bogus" and the second he claims is "honored more...



Red Bridge Strategy, an LPO consultancy, will include Legal Project Management as one of the topics covered at its 2010 Global Legal Process Management Boot Camp, which will take place in Mumbai and New Delhi, India, May 18-20.[1] I couldn't...



Oh! The HERESY! In response to a recent post on this blog, Steven Levy suggests that Legal Project Management is not a panacea.[1] Dr. Feel-not-so-good Mr. Levy claims you can't just swallow the LPM pill and find that all your practice-management...



Lawyer-turned-social-media-consultant Jim Turner discusses how professionals should use project management tools to manage their social-media projects.[1] He particularly likes Basecamp, by 37 Signals. If you aren't ready to implement a project management tool just to manage your on-line social networks,...



I missed this little gem of a post by Patrick Lamb on his In Search of Perfect Client Service blog.[1] Mr. Lamb discusses how an ad agency (Partners & Napier) was forced to analyze and document its processes, and find ways...



According to Jordan Furlong in a recent post to his Law21 blog, project management is the closest thing there is to a panacea "[f]or a profession suffering from aggravated clients, shrinking revenues, competitive inertia, archaic business practices and system waste."[1]  "If it...



Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, a professional services firm management consultancy, is offering a three-day program on legal project management and process improvement, starting on June 9th at the Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, New York, NY. CLE is not...



I ripped that title off from Josh Nankivel's recent post to his PM Student blog.[1] in which he responds to a reader who asks whether project management is industry specific."  I've written on this topic before (see here and here),[2] so I was interested...



An article in the Wall Street Journal last week notes that "[m]any companies ... are encouraging employees to sit for certification exams--and some are flat-out requiring the effort." [1]   The article devotes most of its attention to the Project Management Institute's (PMI)...



Gregory Balestrero, the President and CEO of the Project Management Institute has announced plans to retire so he can spend more time with his family. An e-mail announcement was sent out to all PMI volunteers yesterday, but it was filtered...



As anyone who follows me on Twitter (@paulceaston) knows, I'm a big fan of Hootsuite (@hootsuite), a Web application for managing your status updates. I use it to read and manage my Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn feeds, but I've never thought...



Rees Morrison reports in his Law Department Management blog on a study that finds law firms have steadily allocated responsibilities lower.[1] This prompts Mr. Morrison to point out that "if the pattern has been for law firms to move work down...



There have been a lot of good posts on legal project management (LPM) in the Blogosphere over the past couple of months that I've starred, tagged, taken notes on, and then neglected because other things have taken my attention hostage....



While doing a little digging into Altman Weil Inc. after reading about their being hired by Dechert LLP to provide legal project management (LPM) training to all of the law firm's partners and associates, I discovered a new blog that...



As part of my background snooping for my recent post on the Dechert LLP's firmwide project management initiative, I discovered that Altman Weil's Legal Project Management Webinar is available for purchase as a flash presentation on CD.  I assume...



Another sign that Legal Project Management is coming of age (or at least coming out of the wilderness): Dechert LLP is has begun a firmwide initiative to train every partner and associate in legal project management (LPM), eschewing specific process-improvement...



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