Can You “Demo” Project Management? An Introduction

In a column I write that deals with business and people-management questions, I described a very effective demo where the demoer showed up his product without appearing to demo it at all. In response, someone from Planbox, a company that makes project management software , asked, "Do you plan...

Demoing a Project Management Tool: Part 1

Yesterday I introduced a series of articles in which I'll address two questions: How would I demo project management tools to an audience of accidental project managers? Can you "demo" great project management itself? This article begins a short series responding to the first...

Productivity and Multiple Monitors

My estimable colleague Rees Morrison this morning has a brief roundup of statistics regarding productivity and multiple monitors . Project management is tightly tied to productivity, which is why this subject matters so much to me. Multiple monitors are a boon - an enormous one - if and only if...

Should Clients Pay for Meetings

Yesterday I noted in passing the client objection to paying for meetings . This is also a question that has come up repeatedly at recent training courses I've done. In all my years on the client side, I usually pushed against paying for meetings involving, say, three or more people. I'm very...

What Does a Survey of Programming Languages Have to Do With Legal Project Management?

eWeek, an IT weekly, just released a survey of the most sought after (paid jobs) computer programming languages. I was both surprised and intrigued to find that the top three were Java, C, and C++. They have three things in common, one of which is a meaningful metaphor for LPM. The names...

The Biggest Technology Boost in Legal Project Management

This week, I've written a series of articles pointing out that Legal Project Management is not dependent on project-management technology. So what's the most important thing a project manager can do to improve her use of technology, to use technology better to manage legal projects? Actually...

When Projects Go Bad

There is a wonderful old Gary Larson cartoon titled "When potato salad goes bad." It shows a bowl of potato salad in a refrigerator holding up various other foods at gunpoint. Projects don't go bad in quite the same way. But they smell as moldy as month-old potato salad when they do...

Risk Aversion and the Princess Bride

Rees Morrison has an interesting post this morning bridling at a vendor comment reported in KM World that "We trust our legal department to be risk-averse and process-oriented...." He takes on the process-oriented trope; I'm more interested in the "risk-averse" side of the...

A Simple Example of Project Management

People have sometimes asked me for a simple definition of project management. The PMI (Project Management Institute) definition pretty much requires you to be a project manager before you can understand it. That's fine; PMI caters to actual and aspiring project managers. In the real world,...

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

The city/county/state is doing a major rebuild of the streets leading to the Interstate exit closest to my house in Seattle. My office is in my home, and when I travel I take another road to the airport, so I get to see the road construction once every week or two. You'd think that at one-...

“Data Driven”: In a Car, Is the Driver a Bug… or a Feature?

Driver: Bug or Feature? "The fact that you're still driving is a bug," [Google's Anthony] Levandowski says, "not a feature." I'm sure there'll be the inevitable responses about computer crashes vs. auto crashes, but Levandowski has a point. Read the sentence...