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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:
manage your matters
contribute to projects
scope effort more effectively with law firms and
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.
You can get a good orientation on project management techniques and tools by browsing sites such as:
What do good project managers do?
with the project team
spend time on planning—especially scoping and estimating
mobilise knowledge of the project substance
display strong leadership capability and assume authority readily
manage conflict constructively
You need to consider the following factors:
what is the goal?
what are the parameters for reaching the goal? These
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