05 Sep

Breaking Up and Getting Closure: 5 Reasons Projects Stay Open (and How to Close Them)

The hardest phase of a project is often its most underappreciated. Proper project closeout could mean the difference between success and failure. Why should you endeavor to officially close out a project you’ve undertaken? For one thing, it provides closure to your client and project teams. Everyone can agree and acknowledge that the work is Read more…

16 Feb

KCALA February Chapter Meeting with Speaker Pat Mansuy

Transforming Your Firm’s Projects from Project Completion to Practical Project Management Speaker: Pat Mansuy, PMP, MCP – Practice Leader, Management Consulting Practice Group and Project Management Practice Group Thursday, February 16, 2017 Chapter Meeting With the evolution of the digital enterprise, law firms and legal departments must assess their workflows, processes, and business projects to Read more…

02 Feb

Project Management Leadership Styles: Which One Are You?

You may be an official Project Manager or find yourself informally placed in that role. Either way, you will encounter people with different styles of working and communicating. To be successful, match your leadership style with the team dynamic with consideration for the type of project you’re working on. I have some familiarity with this, having Read more…

20 May

Project Communication (and Herding More Cats!) – Part 2

This is second part of a two-part blog series on Project Communication (and herding more cats!). In part one of the Project Communication series, we discussed examples of non-effective communication and provided five ways to make communication more effective. In part 2 of the series, we will discuss how to create a balance for effective Read more…

19 Apr

Project Communication (and Herding Cats!) – Part 1

Have you been involved with a project and no one knows what’s going on? Is the right hand not talking to the left hand? Is everyone talking about what needs to be done, but nothing is getting done? Is everyone in the same meeting, but no one remembers what the meeting is for? Does this Read more…

01 Mar

5 Things I’ve Learned as Project Manager

  1. You become the point person The first project I was ever put on required me to play a supportive role. I participated on calls, took notes, and supported the lead project managers. I didn’t have a problem with this. In time, I earned the responsibility of taking calls on behalf of my colleagues. Read more…

17 Sep

Part 2: Legal Project Management vs Legal Process Management – Is there really a difference?

Back in April, we hosted a webinar titled “Legal Project Management vs Legal Process Management,” in which we discussed the differences between the two terms.  You can read the first part of the webinar and the recommended ‘roadmap’ approach to Legal Project Management in Part 1 of this blog post series. Legal Process Management (LPM) is the ability to Read more…

01 Jun

The Butterfly Effect and Managing Project Constraints

What does Project Management have to do with Ashton Kutcher’s time-traveling, past-changing movie from over a decade ago? Everything and nothing. We can take lessons from Mr. Kutcher’s Sci-Fi film and its core concept, the Butterfly Effect: minute changes, like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings, can have large, unintended consequences. Those wings’ flaps can redirect the path Read more…

13 Feb

Privilege to Lead

Let’s start off with a few assumptions. You have worked hard to become proficient in your profession. You have spent the hard hours studying and honing your craft, and have had success when applying what you have learned in real-life situations. Let’s further assume that you have demonstrated these technical proficiencies to your supervisor and Read more…

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