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December 2013: Business and Financial Management

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AGILE — A NONTRADITIONAL APPROACH TO LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT by Kim Craig and Jenny Lee of Seyfarth Shaw LLP "Make it bend — trees are flexible, so they don't snap. Scar it, give it a twisted branch — perfect trees don't exist. Nothing is perfect. Flaws are interesting. Be the tree." — Labsurie Halse Anderson AGILE A Nontraditional Approach to Legal Project Management Project management is considered to be a fairly new area of focus by most in the legal profession. And with anything new, people look to case studies, authoritative sources and bodies of knowledge from which to model and shape the new paradigm. Just a few short years ago, there was little to be found on the study of legal project management (LPM). That has since changed, and LPM is all the rage, taking many shapes and dimensions. Most law firms are "trying LPM on for size" with no one approach proven as the holy grail. Seyfarth is no different. Through trial and error, we've had our successes and failures, but one thing was obvious early on, we were going to have to be open-minded and extremely flexible. Legal practitioners and experienced project managers can often be at odds, even if they have the same goal in mind. Project managers usually do not want to start a project until clear scope, end-to-

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