Pamela Woldow – Edge International

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Skilled Scoping Diminishes Discord: Cutting Corners, Part III

In the first two posts in this series, we considered the typical law firm complaint that such efficiency-producing disciplines as Legal Project Management (LPM) and Legal Process Improvement (LPI) may actually encourage legal…more
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Perfection Is the Enemy of Good – Cutting Corners, Part II

In this second of three related posts, we consider whether clients’ increasing efforts to control outside legal spend forces their outside counsel to “cut corners.”…more
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Cutting Corners and the Question of Quality

As you might expect, proponents of Legal Project Management (LPM), Legal Process Improvement (LPI) and other approaches for driving greater efficiency and value into legal service delivery get a lot of blow-back. One of the…more
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Plugging Profitability Leaks: A Simple Tip for Great Delegation

We’ve long known that vague, incomplete or misunderstood instructions from partners to associates is a prime source of profitability leaks — revenue lost because of all the time spent on reinventing the wheel, because of…more
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How You’ll Know When Your Firm’s Been Fired

I sat in on a meeting recently when a major corporation’s General Counsel, CFO, and COO made the unanimous decision to fire a law firm that had been serving the company for over two decades. There had been no catastrophic…more
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DISPATCH TO MANAGING PARTNERS: 5 Key Observations on Law’s Tectonic Shifts

For several years now, all us bloggers and pundits have been pushing the Chicken Little button and trying to get your attention. We all have been saying pretty much the same thing: Law firm practice and economics are morphing…more
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Game Your Way To Longer Life

In our last post we discussed legal “Gamification,” that is, approaching certain legal tasks as if they were a competitive game in order to maximize both individual and team engagement and produce superior legal outcomes. In…more
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It’s All in the Game: Managing Partners Come to Grips with “Gamification”

Many managing partners tell us they are struggling to get their arms around new tools and techniques for driving more efficiency and cost-effectiveness into legal service delivery. Firms are seeing more and more RFPs in which…more
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Notes On The New Year – 2014

A young American follower of Shinryu Suzuki, the famed founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, was bewildered by the Master’s abstruse, fractured-English lectures. He finally asked Suzuki if he could summarize the essence of…more
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Signs of the Times

When you spend a lot of time looking at the world through the lens of developments in the legal profession, sometimes the ironies of happenstance can slap you right square in the face. Take, for example, page B3 of the of the…more
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Successfully Implementing Legal Project Management

I had the privilege of working with Michelle Mahoney to introduce LPM at King & Wood Mallesons. She recently asked for contributions to the ILTA blog on best practices for implementing LPM, and I have reproduced my answer…more
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A Practical Slant on LPM Implementation

It’s little wonder that law firms struggle to integrate Legal Project Management (LPM) into their lawyers’ legal service delivery. The firm’s LPM champions face a double bind: on one hand, many of the firm’s lawyers are…more
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Adventures in Magical Thinking – Part III

In our last two posts, we’ve been discussing “Magical Thinking,” the tendency of firm leaders to assume that rank-and-file partners can and will divine the reasoning of the Executive Committee and will take all necessary steps…more
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Adventures in Magical Thinking – Part II

In the last post we discussed “magical thinking” – the wishes and hopes of firm leadership that the lawyers they lead will exhibit certain desirable behaviors just because leadership wants them to or hopes they will…more
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Adventures in Magical Thinking, Part I

The good news is that the strategic brain trusts of many law firms often are populated with realistic, forward-thinking leaders who grasp the sweeping economic and operational forces that are reshaping the face of the legal…more
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