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By Kim Tasso
It’s no secret that the legal profession continues to go through a time of profound change. No matter how much we fight it, or pretend it’s not happening, it’s clear that only those firms who are flexible and agile enough to make timely changes to their infrastructure, systems, processes and behaviour will succeed.
Lawyers are generally pretty good at working out what needs to be done despite the challenges of achieving consensus in a partnership. But where things often fall down is in execution – implementing the agreed changes.
Whether in big law or a medium sized firm, project management must be on your agenda – here’s why:
Where to go for support?
It’s interesting that project management became part of the professional marketing examinations of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) back in 2009.
Your business development and marketing folk are used to managing large projects – whether these are new web developments, major events, substantial tenders or detailed campaigns. Your IT and technology teams will also be adept at managing large projects for the development, rolling out and training of new systems. Your premises and facilities folk will be project management pros if they have managed office refurbishments or relocations.
So the people in your support teams might be a good place to start if you are getting to grips with project management for the first time.
Your five stage plan
To illustrate what’s involved, here’s an outline of a five stage iterative project management process. [table id=1 /]
Some recommended books on project management
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