I’m often asked my opinion on whether time spent managing projects is billable.
My quick answer is, Billable time is what you and the client agree is billable.
That, of course, isn’t the most helpful answer, and I offer that answer with a smile.
Then I go into the specifics of working through this issue.
In the fingerpointing over who’s to blame for Hostess Brands’ demise, one thing is clear.
They were no longer creating products people wanted.
When was the last time you purchased a loaf of Wonder Bread, or bought a pack of Twinkies other than as a joke?
If you were born in the 40s or 50s, [...]
One of a project manager’s key tasks is to evaluate risks that threaten projects, mitigate them, and prepare contingency plans.1 It is a task that should be repeated on a regular basis.
In that spirit, I want to look at a risk that threatens firms (and corporate departments), and potentially the legal industry as well.
You’ve probably seen it by now, but Bloomberg Law has an interesting (is that the right word?!) interview with Bruce MacEwen, who writes as Adam Smith, Esq. In it, he notes:
Firms are under pricing pressure (no news there) Firms are offering “suicidal pricing” – i.e., below real costs (see my note below) They’re [...]
The Hardball Times this morning has an article about career lawyers, attorneys who’ve moved beyond the associate level but will never make partner.
Oh, wait, it’s not actually about lawyers. The Hardball Times writes about baseball (which can at particular times involve lots of lawyers).
It’s about the value to organizations of career minor leaguers, [...]
I found this clip from last night’s Monday Night Football post-game show interesting for Steve Young’s description of the situation.
In it, he twice uses the word “inelastic” in referring to the demand for watching the NFL. He suggests that the reason the NFL doesn’t care about the fecklessness of the replacement referees is because [...]
I have just returned from a business trip to Australia.
While there, I noted two interesting opportunities for maximizing revenue.
QANTAS and the Empty Seat
I arrived two hours early for my QANTAS1 flight from Sydney to Brisbane, just as an earlier flight was boarding. I asked if there were seats available. There were, but [...]
Nokia announced it’s cutting almost 20% of its workforce because not enough people are buying its phones.
The Nokia Lumia 900, running Windows Phone version 7.5, is highly praised as the best phone out there. It’s a judgment with which I would highly concur. (Our family has two current iPhones and the highly praised Android-based [...]
After I posted a piece earlier today on a ridiculous math error I saw, it occurred to me that there is one “math” book that attorneys would do well to read.
The best part is, it doesn’t contain any math!
Okay, it has a few math statements, but they’re mostly of the add-and-subtract or [...]
I got a pitch today from an executive recruitment outfit that wanted me to pay to get listings. (Never mind that I’m not in the market for such a job, or that I’d contact employer-paid executive recruiters if I were.) Out of curiosity, I looked at their rates:
Look at the last three. For [...]