I don’t want to make light in any way of the recent Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx, or speculate on the specific cause of the crash. My sympathies lie with the injured and the families of those who died.
But I want to point out three interesting facts that lead to a project management [...]
The FAA requires passengers sitting in an exit row to give a verbal assent that they will help other passengers in an emergency.
It protects them from liability. Somebody somewhere thought it was a good idea. It prepares you to act should action be needed.
I can’t prove it, the FAA rule doesn’t explain, [...]
What does the cabin attendant say when the airplane doors close?
Does it sound something like “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”?
The action item is at the bottom of this article.
You’re going to tell me how to fasten a seat belt?
Here’s the problem: It really [...]
Okay, why not?
I mean, my inbox is stuffed with “Black Friday” ads for all sorts of things that will scratch an itch I didn’t know I had but that won’t make a difference.
So let me add one that will make a difference.
I’ll offer one-third off the fee for my full-day or multi-day [...]
Economics offers a powerful concept for figuring out what risks to accept in a project.
First, risk comes with all projects, and some risks will come to pass. The only way to eliminate risk is to do nothing. Even airplane design and nuclear-reactor design, two of the most cautious, appropriately risk-averse engineering fields, are subject [...]
This is the second article in a series. This particular and admittedly esoteric example probably makes most sense to those who’ve played some bridge, at least casually. (And if not, there’s still time to learn a wonderful, challenging game.)
The other night at a duplicate bridge game,, I got a hand (below) that, by the [...]
I’m tired of the push for efficiency.
Two reasons. First, efficiency is more often a byproduct of other efforts rather than a thing in itself one can just “do.” The command to “be efficient” is only slightly more effective than a demand to “sleep faster.”
Second, efficiency in the wrong direction is useless, or worse. [...]
My bimonthly column in SLAW, the Canadian online law journal, is now out.
Also, coming up here, a series on effectiveness v. efficiency. If nothing else, I hope you’ll be able to use some ideas to respond to the do-more-with-less hecklers. They’re written, but I’m on an extended international trip teaching Legal Project Management, and [...]
Corporate Counsel magazine features an interesting item regarding a panel discussion in NYC last week about what inside counsel want from their outside counterparts.
While the article doesn’t go very deep, it contains a few comments I find particularly telling.
First, Anastasia Danias, Senior VP/CLO for the NFL, said
Law departments want firms to remember [...]
I just got a look at LinkedIn’s new Intro service for iPhones and iPads. On first glance, it looks… scary for anyone in the legal world. Indeed, it looks dangerous for anyone in the corporate world as well.
I have not investigated fully myself. Maybe information will come to light that relieves the concerns I [...]