PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR THE
IN-HOUSE LAW DEPARTMENT

2014-09-29

All work in companies of all types and sizes is done through processes – both ongoing processes of everyday work and projects that have defined beginnings and endpoints. In this newly revamped program, learn the fundamentals of process and project management and how to align them with the company’s strategic goals. Senior Boston University faculty will teach you concepts and approaches for dealing with uncertainty, vague mandates, team dynamics, stakeholders, waste reduction, risk management, and time-critical deadlines. You’ll even practice your new skills by analyzing processes and projects from your own work environment.

In this program, you will:

  • Understand process and project constraints and examine how balancing priorities and designing work can improve efficiency and achieve better outcomes.
  • Examine your processes for waste and explore ways to reduce or eliminate it.
  • Learn how to make the case that successful process and project management is essential for innovative organizations.
  • Discuss the important roles and responsibilities for successful projects, including the project charter and team composition.
  • Define processes for facilitating appropriate teamwork, solving problems collaboratively, and managing conflict.
  • Examine why projects fail and how to apply best practices to create success.
Sample Program:
  Day 1 Day 2
AM Focusing on the Goal and Understanding Processes The Dynamics of a High-Performance Project Team
PM Project Management Process, Business Context and Deliverables Eliminating Waste: Lean Legal Processes

Session Descriptions:
Title Description
Focusing on the Goal and Understanding Processes
  • Understand the fundamentals of process management, including tasks, flows, bottlenecks, capacity, and utilization.
  • Discuss how to identify process constraints and eliminate them.
  • Discuss how to focus on the goal and improve processes to be more effective and efficient.
Project Management Process, Business Context, and Deliverables
  • Understand the primary characteristics of projects and the criteria for success
  • Understand how the environment, stakeholders, schedule, cost, and quality requirements impact the definition of deliverables.
  • Define project needs, solutions and deliverables.
The Dynamics of a High-Performance Project Team
  • Understand the process of building a high-performance team environment.
  • Discuss the formal and informal roles of project manager and members to ensure successful project execution.
  • Define processes for facilitating appropriate teamwork, solving problems collaboratively, and managing conflict.
Eliminating Waste: Lean Legal Processes
  • Define “Lean” and identify waste.
  • Discuss what waste in legal processes looks like – and how to eliminate it.