The Transformative Nature of Project Management For the Legal Industry
Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT
In this article about how Microsoft’s has changed the relationship with it’s leading legal firm away from billable hours to a project based infrastructure, Microsoft now can better address how emerging legal precedents impact technological and business advances.
Practice management for Law Firms centered around projects and project outcomes rather than billable hours, as this article shows, can create a deeper engagement with clients as it forces the attorney to look beyond the 15-minute billable increment to take a longer view on the overall business performance, as a key project outcome of a legal engagement.
More and more legal firms are adopting the rigors of Project Management. We’ve been in the business of helping people become Project Management Professional Certified for the past 17 years. Over this time, we have seen more students from law firms in our programs. Initially, they were the administrative staff at the larger firms. Law firms have IT departments like any other business – which have led the charge for improving project management for decades. But attorneys as well benefit tremendously from understanding the industry standard rules of the road for Project Management. Adding PMP to their long list of credentials is a proven step for developing a strong legal practice based on today’s realities.
When you’re revamping your legal strategy, find out if your attorneys are current on the latest standards for managing projects – do they have the requisite Project Management credentials that show they know the fundamentals of delivering value in a project based world. Learn more about how “legal” needs to become as good at managing projects as their IT departments in this white paper – Better Projects, Better Business.