Reasons to have project management in legal, tax or compliance teams

In the last LPM Series article we looked at definition of Legal Project Management. Today I would like to look into reasons (if any) that LPM should be applied in Legal Operations.

In Project Managers community it is well known that vast percentage of projects either fail to deliver or go sideways with timeline, costs or risks. This on its own creates a valid reason to implement organized project management in any type of service or production (as managed projects should have lower risk of failure than non managed…). But beyond of that obvious reason what else should convince somebody from legal services to implement LPM?

INTERNAL REASONS :

SIZE OF OPERATIONS – first point to consider is that legal operations of material scale will need coordination for service delivery and development / change of service models/products. For legal services employing hundreds of associates worldwide change of business model or development of new product requires coordination and project management. 

TECHNOLOGY – changes and developments in technology required to run legal operations (e-discovery, massive amounts of data auto processing, natural text processing and alike) will be crucial for future services provision but will also require project management to implement internally.

EXTERNAL REASONS:

TECHNOLOGY – again technology development in external world (for example how Clients want to communicate and cooperate and how data is obtained and processed) will require careful analysis and implementation into legal operations, hence also LPM need.

CLIENT NEEDS AND LEGAL BUSINESS PARTNERING –working with Client towards defined and mutually agreed goal requires organization of the process of goals definition and progress monitoring (one of basics of project management).

“PROJECTIZED” REASONS:

I believe that usage of LPM tools and techniques is beneficial to legal matters because it allows to better manage risks, communication, budget and timeline monitoring. fff

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