Project Management

Avoiding Redundant Project Management Costs in Electronic Discovery Projects

Legal project management, a phrase rarely heard even a couple years ago, has become the legal community’s latest buzz phrase. The economic recession has led to corporate clients demanding greater predictability in, and more value from, their legal expenditures. Project management has become a crucial competency for law firms that are now scrambling to acquire the expertise and tools necessary for competing in this new environment.

E-discovery projects are well suited for project management initiatives because they benefit from access to better tools for estimating, measuring, and monitoring work than those available to other areas of legal practice. Often, however, the benefits of e-discovery project management are not fully realized or come at a higher cost than necessary because the client, law firms, and litigation support vendors involved in a matter each provide their own, often redundant and usually uncoordinated, project management resources. In this article, I briefly introduce the role and cost of project management in e-discovery projects and provide seven tips for decreasing project management redundancy and, hence, cost.

Project Management’s Role in Electronic Discovery

Although all aspects of legal practice can benefit from the application of project management best practices, e-discovery is often targeted as the first area to …


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