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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

Can You “Demo” Project Management? An Introduction
Posted on 1 Dec 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Productivity and Multiple Monitors
Posted on 1 Dec 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

What Does a Survey of Programming Languages Have to Do With Legal Project Management?
Posted on 22 Dec 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Posted on 23 Mar 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Demoing a Project Management Tool: Part 1
Posted on 1 Dec 2010 by Steven B. Levy

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... 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

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

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