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Can Lawyers Learn From Best Buy?
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by Steven B. Levy

Larry Downes in Forbes has an article on the decline and (they presume) fall of Best Buy . Other than the hagiography of Amazon.com, 1 there are some very interesting points in the article. Before you read it, though, consider what you think intuitively... Read More

60 Tips in 60 Minutes?
Posted on 25 Oct 2010 by Steven B. Levy

Ron Friedmann recently posted 60 Tips in 60 Minutes from the 2010 Futures Conference about more efficient practice. If you're a regular here or at my classes, some of these will sound familiar, such as the following (with my comments below each... Read More

“Data Driven”: In a Car, Is the Driver a Bug… or a Feature?
Posted on 9 Feb 2012 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Three Inexpensive Productivity Boosters
Posted on 3 Dec 2010 by Steven B. Levy

Happy December. Yesterday I wrote about multiple monitors, calling them the third-least-expensive productivity tool you can get for your team. I suspect that raises an obvious question. If multiple monitors are #3, what are #2 and #1? 3. Multiple... Read More

The Biggest Technology Boost in Legal Project Management
Posted on 16 Feb 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Teaching Legal Project Management in Public
Posted on 20 Sep 2010 by Steven B. Levy

Most of the training I do is for individual firms and departments. Thus it's not open to outside attendees. Occasionally, I teach what's called a Master Class. I have a public Master Class next Tuesday in Chicago for which I believe a couple... Read More

Should Clients Pay for Meetings
Posted on 10 Dec 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

When Projects Go Bad
Posted on 3 Mar 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

“Plans Are Useless, But Planning Is Indispensable”
Posted on 3 Nov 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Project Management and Technology
Posted on 16 Feb 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Specifications Failure!
Posted on 5 Oct 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

The E Words: Effectiveness and Efficiency
Posted on 13 Sep 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Identifying Good LPM Trainers
Posted on 26 Aug 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Risk Aversion and the Princess Bride
Posted on 15 Mar 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

A Simple Example of Project Management
Posted on 21 Mar 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More