Recently, I was at the intersection of Dearborn and Madison Streets in Chicago, and I had just come from a Legal Project Management training session in which a rather senior partner told everybody that he hates the LPM program his firm is rolling out. “The way I practice law has worked for 30 years. Why add on all this LPM mumbo jumbo?” he asked.
I saw he had the newest iPhone in front of him on the table.
“Yep,” he said.
“Know how to use it?”
“Do youfind it helps you plan, organize and get information better than your old phone?“
“How long did it take to learn to use it?”
“I was able use it right away, but my kid has been showing me all these other really cool things it can do.”
“Have you added any amazing new apps to it?”
“Yeah, I downloaded some sites that give me current news and information.”
I paused for a moment. “Gee, sounds like LPM,” I said.
In his own way this guy has been using LPM for years – just in his own way, with all the steps spelled out implicitly in his own head. The problem is that sometimes his colleagues aren’t completely dialed in to what’s going on in his head. And sometimes his clients don’t even know where his head is. Then it’s time for damage control, which is a waste of time and money.
LPM isn’t rocket science. It’s really about how, what and when lawyers communicate. Basically, LPM says, “let’s do some extra planning and collaborating in the beginning, so we don’t have to do damage control later on.”
Like many lawyers, this partner was nervous about LPM because he really didn’t know what it is. He was afraid it’s some kind of complicated “machine” that will cramp his style and make extra demands on his time.
Actually LPM is a lot like an iPhone. It helps lawyers do the same things, only better. And the more you use it, the better you get at using it.
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