I saw an ad today for a university-sponsored
legal project management1 course for in-house counsel.
I checked out the instructors, figuring
that a reputable university would of course engage one of the specialists in this
area. In this case I assumed it would be one of my colleague-competitors, since
the course was news to me.
I have great respect for a number of
my colleagues in this area. While of course I believe that my organization delivers
the best experience, I have no doubt that attendees will be in good hands with those
colleague-competitors. We've spoken many times and even appeared on occasion on
the same program, and I know that our core approaches are aligned even where our
styles and the details differ. I also know what their experience is in this field.
Indeed, together we make up the complete group of experienced instructors in this
So I was rather surprised to discover
that none of them were teaching this course either. One of the listed instructors
is a finance person with no visible project management or legal experience. One's
a full-time teacher with no visible project management, legal, or corporate experience.
And one's an IT guy with no visible legal experience, though he does have a PMI
(Project Management Institute) certification.
If you want to learn about Legal Project
Management, learn about it from the professionals. If you're in-house counsel, will
you really get the best. most relevant, and most useful information from that university-based
course? I'd be happy to put you in touch with my colleague-competitors as well as
share information on how we at Lexician do it. LPM has too much potential to help
both firms and departments for me to sit by and ignore stuff like this.
That course may work out okay,
but I know you'll learn best from the folks who've been writing about it, teaching
it, and doing it for years.
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