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7 Feb 2017, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Mike Egnatchik and Jim Hassett, LegalBizDev Legal cases and transactions can have unpredictable aspects, sometimes beyond the control of the best managers and planners. [read post]
10 Jan 2017, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner Since our Certified Legal Project Manager® program began in 2010, we have written several case studies describing participant results, most recently a few months ago. [read post]
15 Nov 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
Jim Hassett I recommend that law firms start Agile with something simple and easy – a minimal solution to acclimate the group to this new way of thinking. [read post]
8 Nov 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Kane, LegalBizDev Approach #3: Five steps to improve any business process Step 1: Make a very quick list of the most critical processes that you want to consider. [read post]
26 Oct 2016, 1:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Kane, LegalBizDev There is no shortage of theories, tactics, or opinions about the best way to increase efficiency, and hundreds of books and articles have been written on business process improvement and related techniques. [read post]
18 Oct 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Kane, LegalBizDev Traditionally, lawyers have been trained to place enormous emphasis on avoiding risk, and little or no emphasis on increasing efficiency. [read post]
13 Sep 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf, Jim Hassett, and Jonathan Groner In the November 2010 press release that announced the start of our Certified Legal Project Manager™ program, we called it “the first to award certification in this new discipline. [read post]
16 Aug 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Steve Barrett and Jim Hassett   Step 3:  Compare planned spending against actual spending at regular intervals If the firm does have timely information going into the system, the next step is to get it out. [read post]
9 Aug 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Steve Barrett and Jim Hassett Tracking and controlling legal costs is one of those topics that would require an entire book of its own to do it justice. [read post]
26 Jul 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Mike Egnatchik, and Jonathan Groner Michael Bryant, the CEO of nSource, stressed that help desk functions are only one of many operations that law firms can and are outsourcing with the help of companies like his. [read post]
19 Jul 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Mike Egnatchik, and Jonathan Groner At a time when clients are demanding to pay less for legal services, it is easy to see the benefit of getting work done for lower hourly rates. [read post]
10 May 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Jonathan Groner, and Steve Barrett This is one of the longest series of posts in the eleven year history of this blog, because there is currently so much controversy about the best uses of task codes. [read post]
23 Feb 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner In addition to pricing, several of those interviewed stressed process improvement, as in these examples: I spend most of my time working with practice group leaders and individual partners to identify problems and opportunities for increased efficiency for the firm. [read post]
16 Feb 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner On the most fundamental level, the 15 people we interviewed had different definitions of what an LPM director is responsible for. [read post]
9 Feb 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner As recently as five or six years ago, it was easy to calculate the number of law firms that had hired directors of legal project management (LPM): zero. [read post]
19 Jan 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Gary Richards and Jim Hassett Managing partner Rob Romanoff provided a specific example of how our scope workshop related to an ongoing matter where a client requested some work for a flat fee: This was in an area where we typically work on an hourly basis because there are so many things that can’t be predicted. [read post]
12 Jan 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Gary Richards and Jim Hassett In our research on Client Value and Law Firm Profitability, when we asked AmLaw 200 senior decision makers which issue in legal project management (LPM) was the most critical, number one on most lists was “setting objectives and defining scope. [read post]
17 Nov 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner   As noted in Part 1 of this series, every lawyer at Hanson Bridgett had the option of adding an extra month of coaching to the standard program. [read post]
10 Nov 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner   Transactional partner Leslie Keil worked with coach Gary Richards to break down the work and costs involved in one client’s corporate reorganization. [read post]