Why lawyers resist legal project management – and how my career choices led to a solution
When I was 11 years old, I decided to become an efficiency expert when I grew up. I lost that thought for many years but regained it later. Instead I became a successful capital markets lawyer at a large firm. Though I didn't realize it at the time, I'd lost all connection to performing efficiently, at least from the client's perspective. Decades later I reconnected with my interest in efficiency and became a consultant to large firms on improving efficiency and productivity. For one large client I was presented with the challenge of how to create widespread lawyer adoption of legal project management principles. Many other firms were struggling to get lawyer uptake. I drew on my experience as a lawyer and my more recent study of efficiency to create a simplified version of LPM that was well-received by the lawyers. This blog post describes that simplified process.