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How Should Law Firms “Gear Up” to Manage Projects Better? – A 50,000-foot View (Part 1 of 2)

This two-part series was written by LegalBizDev Principal Steve Barrett , former CMO at Drinker Biddle. It is based on an article that will appear in Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report. Approaching the second anniversary of the September financial markets collapse, let's look...

Project Management and Technology

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 people who believe there's a technology "solution"...

Project Management Lessons From the TEPCO Tsunami Mess

The Associated Press now has a copy of the tsunami plan for the TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. It's two pages long and ten years old. (The AP calls it one page, but it's a double-size page.) There's some discussion of whether two pages was enough. From a project management...

The International Man Of Mystery?

Are you the law's international man of mystery? The answer to the prayers of corporate counsel in global companies? Can you leap jurisdictions with a single bound? Effortlessly unravel the tangle of law, culture and procedure? Wrap your arms around a wriggling mass of seemingly conflicting regulations...

Par 3s and Project Management

I saw an interesting quote from golfer Phil Mickelson today. If I ask anybody to think of their favorite golf course and favorite hole, it's either a par 3 under 150 yards or a driveable par 4. 1 In other words, people want to succeed. They don't necessarily want success handed to them...

The Hobgoblin of Foolish Consistency

(I should have posted this yesterday, when hobgoblins were out and about in the neighborhoods. And the first half wanders far afield before returning to project leadership concepts. You can skip the intro and jump right to that point .) I was working on some slides when I noticed that PowerPoint...

Comparing Your Law Firm (or Department) to Apple

Most people, especially those outside the technology industry 1 , think very highly of Apple. What would your law practice look like if your clients felt that way about you? Some practices already get rave client reviews; these firms are proving to be tough competition. Yet I've heard senior...

Project Leadership and Motivation

What does science know about motivating employees that businesses too often ignore? That's the topic of an 18-minute talk by (nonpracticing) lawyer Dan Pink . He frames it as an argument to the jury of the audience. In this 2009 talk, he describes the science of motivation, which is fairly...