developments: the desire for value-based fee (VBF) arrangements and the proliferation of e-discovery
projects. Project management techniques can help law departments determine which matters are
appropriate for VBFs and whether the proposed fee arrangements are cost-effective for those matters
and manage the more and different types of players and timelines involved in e-discovery.
Benefits of Project Management
Project management has a number of benefits. By creating a disciplined approach to legal work, project
management results in improved use of resources and improved performance against budgets. Because
tasks are clearly assigned, it reduces duplication of effort. The existence of a defined, detailed plan
provides the context for team members to understand expectations and outcomes. Ultimately,
project management results in more effective planning, cost control, resource allocation
and appropriate risk management throughout the duration of a case/project, giving
project team members the structured tools to make deliberate, fact-based decisions.
ACC Resources: The Business Case
Perfecting Project Management (ACC Docket Vo. 28, No. 10, p. 64, Dec. 2010)
Project Management – Project management is “the application of knowledge, skills, tools and
techniques to project activities to meet project requirements.”3 It is accomplished by applying and
integrating the following project management processes: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and
control, and closure. 4 In the legal department, merely having in place matter management software
is not enough for project management. Project/case management requires formal and deliberate
integration of planning, budgeting, and communication.
1 A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5 (3d Ed., Project Management Institute 2004).