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ILTA White Paper and 2010 Survey on Legal Project Management

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The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) recently released a white paper on legal-project management comprising eight articles by lawyers and technologists discussing various ways to leverage project-management practices and tools to improve legal work.[1] In conjunction with this publiction, the ILTA has released its 2010 Legal Project Management survey.[2] I'm dedicating the next few posts on to discussing these articles and the survey. 

In Rethinking the Role of Technology in Legal Project Management, Pamela Woldow of Edge International discusses how "[l]egal technologists can reposition themselves as essential contributers to the LPM implementation process [and help them] redefine what it means to be 'indispensable' at their firms."[3] The title is a little misleading as the article is more about the role of technologists than the role of tools, which is good. It makes for a much more interesting article. LPM, according to Ms. Woldow, can elevate non-lawyer technical professionals to from being perceived as "just technicians" to earning a seat at the table with the firm's business strategists.

After a brief discussion about how the changing legal landscape and the increasing demand for alternative-fee arrangements lead to the rise of legal-project management (almost overnight), and the differences between "traditional" and legal project management, she warns legal-technology experts to not treat LPM a software issue. She concludes with tips on how legal technologists can unlearn preconceptions about project management, adapt their skills to LPM, and earn greater respect and authority within their firms.

The career-changing potential of LPM for legal technologies is, I think, an important insight. In a tight legal job market, legal-project management is not only a way for candidates to differentiate themselves, but also a means for helping lawyers and legal-support professionals become indispensable to their organization. As Seth Godin points out in his book Linchpin,[4] becoming indispensable to your organization is the closest most people can get to job security. To not become a linchpin in today's world is to defenestrate your career.

In my next post, I'll discuss Jennifer Potter's (of Fish & Richardson) article: A Rollout That Netted Good Results.



[1] International Legal Technology Association, Project Management: Ensuring Smooth Navigation (2010), available at http://www.mygazines.com/issue/18157/5 (last visited Oct. 26, 2010).

[2] International Legal Technology Association, Project Management Survey: Analysis and Results (2010), available at http://www.mygazines.com/issue/16014 (last visited Oct. 26, 2010).

[3] Pamela Woldow, Rethinking the Role of Technology in Legal Project Management, in International Legal Technology Association, Project Management: Ensuring Smooth Navigation 4 (2010) http://www.mygazines.com/issue/18157/5 (last visited 10/26/2010).

[4] Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (2010) (available at Amazon.com).

 

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