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.
The always interesting V. Mary Abraham has a thought-provoking summary/reaction to a KM conference keynote about “big data.” Here’s my favorite part:
We’ve moved from “information overload” to what it is currently called: “Big Data.” (Calling it Big Data suggests that we can cope with it, in a way that we couldn’t cope with Information [...]
Law Technology News published an article yesterday that is right on target regarding the Surface tablet from Microsoft.
If you’re interested in either technology or using tablets for your work, check out the article.
Here are three minor notes about some points it makes:
OneNote is a killer app. I cannot say that often enough. [...]
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 [...]
Today’s NY Times has a story on how El Paso schools lived up to the project management maxim “you get what you measure.”
(Note: It’s the NY Times and thus has a potential paywall.)
There have been too many stories of now school districts, feeling pressured to meet No Child Left Behind goals, manipulated the [...]
Catherine Sanders Reach has an article this morning comparing collaboration tools Trello and Asana.
These tools can sometimes be helpful in keeping track of tasks, to-dos, deadlines, and such, which are core tasks of at least one of the legs of Legal Project Management. It speaks at least to the first leg in this list:
The WSJ Law Blog reports this morning that Jacoby & Meyers will offer a combination of legal forms and attorney representation.
Jacoby & Meyers is the best-known bargain-basement discount law firm, the first firm to push TV advertising, and no threat to BigLaw or “real” firms.
I wonder if I should have used strikethough on [...]
Most Windows applications have an undo command. Hold down the Control key1 and press Z, usually described as Ctrl+Z.
It’s an extremely helpful invention. It allows us to “take back” things we deem incorrect, whether intentionally or inadvertently. Inadvertent misteaks mistakes are an obvious use. Sophisticated computer users will often create or modify something just [...]
In-house counsel Susan Moon, in her Above the Law column, reflects this afternoon on what it means to be a below-average lawyer.
Here in summary are the traits she lists:
You CYA all the time. You hide behind formality and process. You’re resistant to change. Clients don’t include you in their conversations. You have no [...]
I’ve been in the U.K. many times. I’ve walked and driven through most large cities and much of the countryside in England and Scotland, including London and Edinburgh.
For me as an American, driving “on the wrong side” is considerably easier and safer than walking.
If you’ve been there (or are British or Australian, say, [...]