Reflections for Legal Project Managers

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By Doug Richardson | Oct 15, 2010

By Douglas B. Richardson

In her article on legal project management (LPM) on page 4, Pam Woldow describes the char- acteristics and benefits of legal project management — what it looks like, how it improves matter man- agement, how it leads to improved metrics and fewer surprises, how it achieves significant effi- ciencies, and how it fosters more interactive client relationships.

At its heart, LPM is re- ally all about collabo- ration. Here at Edge International, we think LPM is set to transform the way law is practiced in the future. But successful LPM implementation requires more than great blueprints and rational processes. It also requires, and eventually must engender, a collaborativecommitment among stakeholders. As many frustrated legal project man- agers will attest, that can be a tall order when the cats you’re trying to herd are lawyers.

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