Just a few posts back, I linked to a great column on Slaw.ca that emphasized the importance of project management in e-discovery. Perhaps the legal world is finally realizing that it takes a lot of significant resources to plan and manage a successful e-discovery project. Project management isn’t just simply "good planning," it’s a technical discipline that has it’s own certification process.
The first step in any project is to define the scope and associated timeline. The scope and timeline can always be refined, but starting with a series of assumptions allows for development of a solid project scope definition.
Sweeney also discusses the benefits of a formal training program, daily monitoring exercises, and quality control checks.
Next, Barbara Bennett from Dickinson Wright PLLC writes "Customized Software: A Helpful Tool for Tracking and Managing Litigation Support Projects" to describe how her firm is utilizing Microsoft SharePoint to track the details of their internal e-discovery projects including:
- vendor information
- media tracking
- custodian information
- data collection forms
Lastly, Michael Potters of the Glenmont Group shares some compelling reasons why project managers are highly sought after for today’s e-discovery endeavors in "Rx for Success: Top Quality Project Managers."
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