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Lean and agile: How legal project management can transform client services

Karen Dalton and John Duggan reveal how Seyfarth Shaw’s client services have evolved to embrace ‘lean’ and ‘agile’ legal project management

25 March 2013

Key takeaway points:

  1. Address lawyer resistance to project management. Convincing some lawyers to embrace change by using any sort of project management approach can be daunting. Many lawyers feel that thorough planning slows them down and may not be efficient due to the many unknowns in legal. In reality, that is exactly why they need project managers who use the ‘agile’ framework.

  2. Be selective when hiring legal project managers. One of the biggest challenges can be finding people with the right skill set to perform the role of legal project manager. They need to have a legal background, strong project management skills and some exposure to ‘agile’. You cannot judge by résumés alone when interviewing candidates – you will need to consider some intangible qualities.

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