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Construction Corner: Design-Build Project Delivery

In the case of a design-build project, the owner enters into a single contract with a design-builder for both design and construction services. This is unlike Design-Bid-Build (“DBB”) and Construction Manager at Risk project...more

IT Project Disputes Management - Managing the Cloudy Skies

In this issue: - Overview of Presentation - Prevention is better than cure - Fix problems in the design phase - Early diagnosis and treatment of problems - So what do you do? - Areas of major...more

Construction Corner: Design-Bid-Build vs. Construction Manager at Risk Project Delivery Method

In a recent Construction Corner post, we discussed Design-Bid-Build (“DBB”) project delivery. In this post we will compare and contrast Design-Bid-Build and Construction Manager at Risk project delivery methods. As...more

Do You Have an E-Discovery Case Management Checklist?

A simple checklist doesn't exactly scream innovative solution to a complex problem but that doesn't mean it doesn't work. In fact, project managers will tell you that a checklist can do wonders to take an inefficient process...more

Project Management Firm Not Liable for Subcontractor’s Injuries

The Suffolk (MA) Superior Court, in Rodrigues, et al. v. Tribeca Builders Corp., et al. (Civil Action No. 13-00730-C), recently granted summary judgment to a project management firm retained by a property’s landlord/owner,...more

Construction Corner: Selecting an Architect for Your School Construction Project

Last week, we discussed the importance of evaluating the capabilities of your initial project team to assess the need for a third party project manager. This week we will focus on selecting the architect who will best serve...more

Construction Corner: How to Make Your School Construction Project A Success

A successful school construction project will fulfill the identified needs of the community and be completed on schedule and within budget. In order to achieve success, these three basic project elements – scope, duration...more

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?: Ghost Schedules on Construction Projects

I just finished reading a report issued this past month by Navigant’s Construction Forum entitled, “Ghost Schedules – What, Why & What’s the Risk.” As one would expect from Navigant, the article was in depth, interesting and...more

Tribute To Eddie LeBaron and CCO as Compliance Project Sponsor

Today we celebrate Eddie LeBaron, who died last week. LeBaron was a diminutive pro quarterback for 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also a lawyer and decorated veteran, having...more

War (and Construction Scheduling) is Hell?

On February 26, 2015, Roy Cooper of Arcadis and I reprised our popular Workshop for the University of Hartford’s Construction Institute, “Managing Legal Exposures.” One of the slides in our presentation quotes a wise jurist...more

Five Tips for Advancing with Audit Analytics-Part III

Ed. Note-Joe Oringel, Principal at Visual Risk IQ recently wrote a series of blog posts on advancing your business through the use of data analytics and audit. I asked Joe if I could repost his articles, which he graciously...more

LPM for Associates: The View from Ground Level

We’ve all heard the time-worn joke that associates share with each other: We’re just like mushrooms — kept in the dark and buried in…fertilizer. To reality-test whether today’s associates really see their work that...more

The LPM Maturity Model: 5 Steps for Transforming into a Client Focused Business

In this guest post, we are pleased to have Keith Lipman, Esq., President and Founder of Prosperoware, share his practical insights about implementing Legal Project Management. Unless you are deaf to the present...more

How Failures at the Beginning Can Doom a Project

We’ve been discussing project management in a law firm environment, and we’re past the very beginning and on to the granular steps to taking a project off the drawing board and into practice.  It is simply impossible to...more

Project Management — The Beginning

Starting off the Project Management (“PM”) series, it makes sense to start at the beginning. I have jumped in at all levels of what purported to be managed projects, from inception to nearing completion....more

Project Management, Process Improvement, and the Number 42

After a bit of a hiatus, I have returned to my blog with a series of posts about project management and process improvement. Some of the discussions in this series of posts will seem repetitive to regular readers, but they...more

Effective Planning and Management in Construction Project Scheduling

The successful execution of a construction program in terms of meeting time and cost objectives has always been dependent on effective planning. The increasing complexity and cost of today's construction programs highlight...more

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

Of Soccer Balls and Social Media

What do lawyers and Pakistani factory workers have in common? More than you think. Especially when it comes to innovation....more

Understanding Accountability & Unity Within Your Firm’s Partner Group

There are four stages of group development. Understanding them can assist us in how we might nurture or develop a culture of accountability and unity among the members of our partner group....more

More Lessons From Workplace Safety For The Compliance Practitioner

I have long believed that the compliance discipline has quite a bit to learn from the area of safety in the workplace. This is not only because I believe that the changes in corporate attitudes about safety presage many of...more

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

Predictive Analytics – Gaining a Competitive Edge

Law firm leaders who embrace predictive analytics to manage their businesses and their practices can establish a sustainable competitive advantage over competitors who rely on gut instinct and sheer intellect to leader their...more

Sunk Costs Revisted

In our last post, we discussed the fallacy of logic caused by concentrating on sunk costs in the context of the legal industry as a whole. In this post, I will discuss how this fallacy plays into the management of value-based...more

Design-Build Done Right: DBIA Seeks Input on its Industry Wide Best Practices

The Design-Build Institute of America has released the first iteration of “Design-Build Done Right,” identifying industry wide best practices for design-build project delivery. Tracking a project delivery timeline, the...more

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