It's Time to Do Things Differently

Why “Being Lean” is different from “Doing Lean.”

It’s been awhile since I made a blog post out of a Twitter thread, but this seemed like as good a topic as any. (Oddly enough, the last one also had to do with the concept of waste). I recently re-published an old post on “The Seven Wastes of Lawyers” which I readily admit is …

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Feb 8 Legal Innovation Meetup featuring Tali.

If you’re gonna be in the Portland area on Thursday February 8, I’d love to see you at our Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup. (We’re a division of Legal Hackers, but we have a complicated history with the name 😉 ) We’ll be hearing from at least a couple of the Three Matts behind Tali, …

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MGST Part 3: Getting SMART About Goals

Before I dig too far into the importance of setting goals, and setting them the right way, let’s get this out of the way: The Goal of any business system, process, or workflow is to derive Profit for the business by delivering Value to the customer. This is undeniably true. Now Profit, as I explained …

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Someone Just Beat Me To My Book Idea

Greetings from ABA Techshow 2018, where today I learned that Larry Port and Dave Maxfield have just published the book that I’ve been thinking about writing for years. It’s title: The Lean Law Firm. Honestly, the similarities between what they’ve produced and the outline I generated are uncanny, right down to the idea of using …

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Case Study: Optimizing a Small Family Law Practice

Case Study: Optimizing a Small Family Law Practice

A quick tangent from my Domains of Activity series, I’m putting together some case studies of firms I’ve worked with and the improvements they’ve made. Here’s the first one: Case Study: Optimizing a Small Family Law Practice The Situation A family law firm consisting of two attorneys and three staff struggled with workflow optimization and …

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MGST Part 2: Articulating your Mission.

In Part 1 of this series I laid out the four domains of activity for your law practice (any human enterprise really). If you haven’t already, you might want to read it first. The Mission domain, sometimes expanded to Mission, Vision, and Values, should be the North Star of your operation. It is why you …

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