Evolving from Case Management to Project Management
Project management is not a new concept to the legal profession. The roles of attorneys and their staff, as case managers, are inherently similar to a more common definition of project management, which is to facilitate the operation of all aspects of a project from conception through completion. The project manager (PM) traditionally plans the path of a project, applying their expertise to each component, monitoring progress of project milestones, performing crisis management if needed and ensuring the successful completion of the project within budget and deadlines. To accomplish these feats, the PM must be a conduit for team communications and decision making. Given the evolution of the electronic discovery “age,” non-legal profession project management has adapted to suit the complexities associated with the industry.
Project Managers in e-Discovery
Advanced Discovery’s approach to project management is echoed in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, a collaborative project which is being developed by industry leaders in an effort to bring uniformity to the industry and reduce redundancies and inefficiencies that, if left unchecked, can proliferate in e-discovery. Simplistically, the model is a graphic representation of the project manager’s milestones in the e-discovery lifecycle, illustrating the path from pre-litigation to presentation at trial. Every case does not routinely touch each milestone within the EDRM model, however, exemplary PMs are able to navigate the process from beginning to end; shepherding clients to their end goal within budget and timeline.
The adage is true: the best defense is a good offense.
The cost of discovery can be more than half of the litigation budget. With that in mind, efficiency is at a premium more than ever before. The processes and procedures for project management in e-discovery must result in defensible and measurable outcomes that can be testified to at trial in confidence. Advanced Discovery knows that the very best time to prepare for this eventuality is before the project has begun, both mitigating risk in the current litigation and ensuring that steps are being taken to protect clients on an ongoing basis. With years of experience in discovery project management and use of technologies developed to efficiently manage electronic discovery, Advanced Discovery works collaboratively with clients to see their projects through the entire process to trial.
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