Participating in or leading projects

The following In-house Advisor practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Participating in or leading projects
  • An overview of project management
  • Practical application for a matter you are handling
  • The relevance for your relationships with law firms
  • The benefits of planning and looking ahead

Participating in or leading projects

This Practice Notes sets out tips for participating in or leading projects.

In-house lawyers need project management skills even if the opportunities to lead projects are relatively infrequent. Familiarity with the principles of project management and some of the tools will assist you to:

  1. manage your matters

  2. contribute to projects

  3. scope effort more effectively with law firms and

  4. take action when a project is not being well managed.

It is common for in-house lawyers to get asked to explain or sort out matters that have previously been assigned elsewhere in the organisation. You need to be mindful of the warning signs and encourage other team members to take a lead on projects, so that you do not become shadow project managers to the detriment of what you should be focusing on.

An overview of project management

  1. Initiation

  2. Planning

  3. Execution

  4. Delivery

  5. Close

You can get a good orientation on project management techniques and tools by browsing sites such as:

  1. http://www.businessballs.com/project.htm

  2. http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_PPM.htm

  3. http://legalprojectmanagement.co.uk/index.htm

What do good project managers do?

  1. communicate effectively

    1. with stakeholders

    2. with the project team

  2. spend time on planning—especially scoping and estimating

  3. mobilise knowledge of the project substance

  4. display strong leadership capability and assume authority readily

  5. manage conflict constructively

Practical application for a matter you are handling

You need to consider the following factors:

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