Legal Project Management: Control Costs, Meet Schedules, Manage Risks, and Maintain Sanity

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DayPack Books, 2009 - Law - 350 pages
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Legal budgets are shrinking. Clients call for cost control. Finish on time, they plead. Meet business as well as legal needs. Reduce project risk. Be predictable. Do more with less. The emerging field of Legal Project Management offers a powerful new approach. As described in this groundbreaking book, Legal Project Management is not an alien discipline, full of jargon and process overhead. Rather, it's designed for the specific world of legal professionals. It respects the way attorneys work, enhancing their success by playing to their strengths. Best of all, it's easily mastered by attorneys because it's based on tasks they're already doing. Need to make better decisions and provide accurate information about cost, deadlines, and risks? You need Legal Project Management. Trying to control legal costs? Whether you're in a law firm or in-house, it's time to take advantage of Legal Project Management. Legal Project Management is the essential guide to the subject, with topics arranged so you can easily find the material you need when you need it most. Steven B. Levy, a leading expert in the field, writes with clarity and insight gained from his 35 years of business, project, and legal experience. He shares the lessons of decades of managing and mentoring teams that attained outstanding outcomes. Overworked legal professionals are already doing it all. Now get it all under control with Legal Project Management.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Why
15
Participate in Profitability
28
What Is Legal Project Management?
42
Checklist for ActionKey Takeaways
56
Who
59
Checklist for ActionKey Takeaways
72
Defining Effective Metrics
86
Dependencies
182
Analysis Paralysis
196
Change Management
210
Checklist for ActionKey Takeaways
224
Checklist for ActionKey Takeaways
238
Defining a Work Process
246
A Few More Thoughts About Tools
260
FixedFee Billing and LPM
274

The World Turned Upside Down
100
How
113
To Start Keep It Simple
120
Business and Fiscal Literacy
134
Stakeholders and Project Team
148
Fees or Chargebacks
162
Resource People Allocation
176
Training Delivery
288
Requiring LPM
302
Creating Useful RFPs
308
Root Cause Analysis
322
At the End
337
About the Author
350
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Steven Levy is a technologist and project manager turned businessperson who helps the legal world deliver increased value to clients. He headed the legal technology department at Microsoft for many years, driving innovation and efficiency into one of the largest corporate law departments. He also led two industry task forces, served on the LEDES committee, and founded a corporate-law roundtable. Also in his 17 years at Microsoft, he was a Principal Consultant in Microsoft Consulting Services, managed development of Microsoft's largest IT systems, and led multiple Microsoft product groups. Before Microsoft, he spent 15 years developing commercial software, consulting, and managing projects in a variety of fields. He currently heads Lexician/Steven Levy and Associates. He is a highly requested speaker and seminar leader, and he writes regularly on legal topics.

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