Making the Case for e-Discovery Project Management

Electronic Discovery project management is not limited to IT professionals or Litigation Support Professionals. It also includes paralegals and most importantly the attorneys themselves who are traditionally are our project sponsors. It is definitely a team effort. Today’s litigators must take on the role of project leader or at the very least engage in a more involved understanding of what is going on with the e-discovery projects related to the case. Roles & responsibilities on a project team are not necessarily defined by the traditional roles we are familiar with in the legal environment like attorney, litigation support professional, paralegal, database analyst, the “IT Guy.”

In recent months many in our industry have been very outspoken about the function and best practices of e-discovery project management. Do you feel the need to “make a business case” for project management at your organization? Follow the links below to see some of the key points you may need to make regarding why your organization needs to focus more on project management roles and best practices for every member of your case team.

This conversation began in large part as a result of The Sedona Conference’s white paper on achieving quality found here.

Ralph Losey probably has been the most outspoken on this topic.  Any of his recent blog posts will help you to make the case for project management but I’m going to specifically recommend this one from last May.  And don’t skip the comments… great feedback from his readers.

You can listen to a podcast from ESI Bytes.

Check out Mike McBride‘s blog series on his firm’s e-discovery blog. Parts One, Two and Three.

What is the value of Six Sigma in litigation project management or e-discovery? Paul Easton asks on his recent blog post.

How much should attorneys rely on IT to perform litigation project management? This post from the U.K. gives some food for thought.

And finally…after you’ve listened and read through all of the above… you can hit ’em with this quote from the Law Technology News article summarizing the results of this years’ Socha-Gelbman report:

“Project management has grown in prominence as a means to minimize missteps and deliver more predictable, reliable, and cost-effective results.” Seventh Annual Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey- LTN Article summarizing the results

I had some other links I could share, shoot me an email and I’ll happily send them to you too… electronic discovery project management is a hot topic these days and will continue to increase in importance as corporate legal departments, government agencies and law firms look to those with project management skills to “deliver more predictable, reliable and cost-effective results.”


About lstrainer

I've been in the litigation support industry for almost 16 years and have a passion for training. Teaching litigation support professionals how to fish for themselves is my primary objective.

11 thoughts on “Making the Case for e-Discovery Project Management

  1. Thanks for listing one of my posts. I’m honored to have my blog mentioned along side the Sedona Conference, Ralph Losey, and the other great resources you list. You might want to add links to recent discussions on Fixed-fee billing that were generated by an article published a little over a week ago in Corporate Counsel, which lists Project Management as key to implementing successful fixed-fee billing programs.

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  3. Thank you for putting “IT guy” in quotation marks ~ too often it is assumed that the IT specialist is male. This is a perception felt most keenly by e-discovery support specialists / project managers who find themselves the only woman at a table full of men on complex, technical project teams. There are still gender roles and expectations to be overcome in this department. I appreciate the visibility!

  4. I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..


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