Staying ONIT: Project Management for Lawyers


I love project management: I love the theory, the concepts, the function, and most of all, I love the results of using project management systems. All my projects, tasks, documents and notes are there, carefully input into my project management app (I use Nozbe to organize my brain), always open at the left side of my browser tabs. Everything is categorized, labeled, prioritized, and I just go there and see what’s next on the list. It’s a beautiful thing.

But that’s just the personal organization side of project management. It’s real power comes when you use it to plan your project, estimate costs, communicate, monitor workflow and execute tasks in a team environment. The ability to immediately connect with other team members and assess progress throughout the project’s lifecycle enables you to track daily activity and spend, or evaluate and reassess your original plan if necessary. It is the monitoring system that keeps all the pieces of the project moving in the right direction and timely fashion and stay within budget.

All of which is why I was excited to see the launch of Onit: the first web-based legal project management system that accomplishes all of the above, and more. While the software is designed for legal departments, it is suitable for a law firm environment as well, with a few twists.

In Onit, each legal matter is, of course, a project to be managed. Once logged in, small icons (or panels) on the dashboard allow you to open a list of Projects, Recent Activities, Tasks, and Team Members from a global perspective. From here, you can obtain an overview of everything pertinent to each matter and, if desired, drill down to the slightest detail. You also have the flexibility to open or close the panels to focus on the information relevant to your task.

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