Presentation on theme: "Law Department Management Track Wednesday, 9:00–10:30am"— Presentation transcript:
1 Law Department Management Track Wednesday, 9:00–10:30am Exposing Legal Project Management Myths: The Truth Behind What Works and What Doesn’tLaw Department Management TrackWednesday, 9:00–10:30amHosted by
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5 Breaking Down Project Management What is a Project?It’s a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result.Projects are:Temporary – has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.Unique – not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes different people from different areas and across multiple geographies.
6 So Then… What is Project Management? It is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently.
7 So THEN… What is Legal Project Management? The application of the concepts of project management to the control and management of legal cases or matters.—Steven Levy, AuthorLegal Project Management: Control Costs, Meet Schedules, Manage Risks, and Maintain Sanity
8 Goals for the SessionBy the numbers – the impact of PM on your businessDiscuss/debate common myths around PM for LegalShare anecdotes of what worked and what hasn’tParticipate, have fun and win prizes!
9 How do your legal projects fare against these figures? Did You Know That….?The average cost overrun of all projects is 27%Harvard Business ReviewOne in six projects have a cost overrun of at least 200%Fewer than 1/3 of all projects finish on time and on budgetStandish GroupHow do your legal projects fare against these figures?
11 Fact or Myth?A PM spends most of his/her time documenting and updating project plans
12 90% Reality: Myth… In fact, the PM role is communication Gathering status updates from project stakeholdersFacilitating project meetings and discussionsCommunicating meeting minutes and action items90%communicationStatistic from Wrike.com
13 Non-lawyers make for better legal project managers Fact or Myth?Non-lawyers make for better legal project managers
14 Reality: It Depends… NetApp uses Gowlings uses BT uses Lawyers for patent litigation matters/projectsNon-lawyers for PM of internal projects and externally with Joint Defense Group MattersGowlings usesAssociate lawyers for PM of Litigation and Transactional mattersBT usesNon lawyers for law department operational tasks and KM
15 Fact or Myth?LPM only works when everyone on the team is trained on project management
17 Reality: Familiarity is good, but formal training not required. Even at corporate giants like IBM, onlyAmong CIOsOf de facto project managers,56%67%70%of PM specialists hold a certificatesee PMI certification as valuable but not a necessityhave no special training or certificate
18 Lawyers will not adopt LPM because it’s too complex and time consuming Fact or Myth?Lawyers will not adopt LPM because it’s too complex and time consuming
19 Short meeting minutes go a long way NetApp leverages Level2 to project manage JDG sessions with upwards of 20 participantsPre-meeting agendasAttendance trackersKey milestonesKey upcoming activitiesKey decision itemsKey challenges
20 Gowlings’ Use of Easy Traffic Lights Plan: Use Simple Matter PlansMonitor: Use Traffic Lights
28 Key Takeaways Project Management is a part of everything we do. PM for legal goes beyond just matter management.Both lawyers and non-lawyers make good PMs.Don’t wait for certifications – just start.You will need the right mix of change techniques to make PM a success.Data matters; Set a baseline and then measure to achieve better results.
29 Feel Free to Contact Us Rick Kathuria Pratik Patel Doug Luftman Chris Fowler
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