Yesterday I kicked off Planning Week with a quote from Helmuth von Moltke : "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy."
That doesn't mean that you shouldn't plan, however.
One of the greatest planners in history was the guy...
Last week I wrote about a simple strategy to promote change: find the feeling. Sounds great in theory, but exactly how do you do that?
Of course the answer will depend on your firm's culture and on the change you are promoting. Here's one example...
An article in Tuesday's ABA Journal online reports that legal departments cut spending for the first time in 10 years. This is based on the Hildebrandt Baker Robbins 2010 Law Department Survey. The results are significant because the 9 previous yearly...
A recent Adam Smith, Esq. column raises the critical question around "good enough" cost-limited legal work : What happens when something goes wrong?
He titles it The Coming Debate Over Defining "Quality." I think it's a debate...
I'm delivering a private session tomorrow on Legal Project Management. I saw an article this evening - it's evening where I am right now - that ties right in.
One of the topics I almost always cover is the importance of vision. Not vision statements...
A few weeks ago, I gave a
presentation at the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau , a firm with over 675 lawyers in Canada,
the United Kingdom, France and South Africa. The topic was Legal Project
Management (LPM): What law firms are doing today, and...
What does Landon Donovan have to do with Legal Project Management?
(Donovan is the guy who scored the dramatic last-minute goal that put the US into the next round of the World Cup this morning.)
If you're at all a soccer fan, you've seen...
Yesterday I noted some highly successful large-scale projects that succeeded without the use of project management technology.
I make this point - which I also make in my book Legal Project Management and my classes - because I continue to encounter...
This week's post was written by LegalBizDev Principal Mike Egnatchik , former Associate General Counsel at Xerox.
Law firms are increasingly realizing that they must both adopt and adapt the principles of project management in order to perform...
We live in an age when consumers
rate everything from restaurants to toaster ovens and movies on Yelp , Trip Advisor , Netflix , and hundreds of
other web sites. In this environment, is inevitable that law firms too
would be rated online. In October...
Every morning, somewhere between working out (physical health) and getting to work (fiscal health), I do a wide-ranging scan of what's in the news and on the web (mental health). A few more items than usual this morning relate to areas I focus on...
Here's a picture of the field from
Sunday's Jaguars-Saints football game, from NFL.com:
Look at the directional arrows
painted on the field next to the yard markers. Compare the arrow on the 10-yard
line at the top of the picture with...
The Three Geeks and a Law Blog guys (I think it's Tony Brown writing) have an interesting post on the limits of efficiency .
It leads me to ask (rhetorically), What's the difference between effectiveness and efficiency?
You know the old...
Last week we offered a project management webinar workshop at Clark Wilson , one of the leading law firms in British Columbia. The next day, a colleague asked me how Canadian legal project management differs from the US. My answer: it doesn't.
A client asked recently, "How would you determine whether someone's a good trainer in this field [Legal Project Management]?"
I came up with a brief list of traits to look for - requirements, in a sense:
Passion for the subject...