(excerpted,….)   “So, back to the meetup last week.  Unlike the typical unstructured format of a meetup, John Duggan and Kim Davis of Seyfarth Shaw facilitated a presentation followed by a hands-on interactive exercise.  Seyfarth Shaw, a Chicago-based firm with offices around the world, for over fifteen years has been applying the Lean Six Sigma process improvement approach to providing legal services and managing client relationships. The firm has been recognized as innovative leader in utilizing project management principles and technology solutions in the practice of law.

John explained the Seyfarth Lean approach.  In a nutshell, project managers distill legal matters down to a process that can be managed more efficiently, with greater quality and at a lower cost.  The project management team works with the attorneys (and sometimes clients) to “process map” which means identify each step of a matter and then follow it through to see how long the step takes and where there are redundancies.”  –  Jayne Reardon, excerpted from her article, “New Law Firm Business Models Incorporate Project Management” for 2Civility.org, click here to read the article in its entirety.

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