Simple Project Management: Basecamp

AuthorDennis Kennedy - Tom Mighell
Simple Project
Management: Basecamp
The idea of project management has been around for some
time, but until recently it was relegated to fields such as con-
struction or engineering. As corporations began to appreciate
the value of project management, more and more adopted this
strategy and have improved efficiencies and profits as a result.
Certainly every Fortune 500 company has some sort of project
management department or structure, and there’s even a Proj-
ect Management Institute ( with hundreds
of thousands of members.
Legal project management has been much slower to catch
on, but over the past four or five years, law firms (primarily the
larger firms) have really begun to use it as a way to keep track
of litigation, transactions, or other complicated client matters.
But before we go further—what is project management in the
first place, and why should lawyers care? A project is essen-
tially a temporary or short-term endeavor that requires a team
of individuals to achieve a particular result. A good manager is
necessary to the success of any project. Here are some basic
activities of a project manager:
n Establishing project objectives
n Identifying the steps needed to achieve those objectives
n Putting together a team who will work on the project
n Developing a project plan
n Setting deadlines for completion of the plan
n Reporting plan progress to team members
n Reviewing project results

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