2007 InnovAction Award

Knowledgeline

Looking to add more hardware to your trophy room? The InnovAction Awards is a worldwide search for lawyers, law firms, and other deliverers of legal services who are currently engaged in some extraordinary innovative efforts. The goal is to demonstrate to the legal community what can be created when passionate professionals, with big ideas and strong convictions, are determined to make a difference.

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Live on SharePoint 2007! Recap and Leasons Learned.

Knowledgeline

Well, our portal was officially switched over last Tuesday, January 16 th , 2007. We were running webparts from '03 for MONTHS on our SharePoint 2007 environment with any issues and only found problems as the load begin to reach critical mass. I hope that all of you doing SharePoint 2007 deployments are as fortunate/lucky as we've been We spent last week doing office-by-office roadshows, giving demos to both staff and lawyers.

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Faceted Search Is Coming for SharePoint 2007

Knowledgeline

This capability has been made possible with the help of XMLAW and is not standard, out of the box, functionality with SharePoint 2007 Many folks have asked about 'faceted' search, which simply put allows for easier filtering of results. While our full-text search of WorkSite content is still getting used almost 900 times per day, our lawyers have been asking for this feature, which is still in beta for us, but coming soon.

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Knowledgeline: See the Sheppard Mullin SharePoint 2007 portal live!:: by Tom Baldwin

Knowledgeline

Knowledgeline Friday, January 05, 2007 See the Sheppard Mullin SharePoint 2007 portal live! On January 18th, ILTA will be sponsoring a webinar in which we will be demonstrating our SharePoint 2007 portal, featuring XMLAW. SharePoint 2007 is full of surprises – let's talk. Non-ILTA members are also welcome to join, the connection fee is very reasonable. To listen to the recording of this webinar, click here.

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Microsoft worfklow gaining momentum

Knowledgeline

While some of the firms were looking at a few different solutions, many were looking at (or already building) workflow using Microsoft's suite of Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) and SharePoint 2007. The popularity of SharePoint 2007 has exceeded even Microsoft's expectations and related technologies are coming along for the ride, with workflow being one of them. In a recent roundtable, sponsored by e-Sentio , the topic was mainly focused on workflow.

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New Sedona Conference comments lend credence to new search tools

Knowledgeline

In this case, Ralph Losey has done a great job on his blog in summarizing the most recent commentary from the Sedona Conference , published in August of 2007. Thank goodness there are lawyers out there willing and able to cull down commentary from the Sedona Conference into bite-sized morsels we can all consume.

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Law.com article from Mark Gerow on implementing large-scale extranets with SharePoint

Knowledgeline

Fenwick & West have long been on the SharePoint bandwagon and Fenwick's Mark Gerow has litterally written the book on SharePoint on extranets for a law firm. In this article , he covers the technical issues and the human element of building and rolling out an extranet with SharePoint: "In this article I'll discuss how Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SharePoint) has been used at Fenwick & West to meet the challenge of making extranets available for each and every matter opened.

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New site on the KM scene

Knowledgeline

Every now and then, something comes along that is compelling to spend time with. Today I received an e-mail from Matthew Parsons with a link to his new site(co-authored by Neil Richards ), Knowledge Thoughts. I'm hard pressed to classify it as a blog or a wiki, I suppose it really a bliki - combining elements of both. Here's Matthew's description of the site: "Today Neil Richards and I are delighted to launch Knowledgethoughts.com, an open source resource for the KM and legal KM communities.

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Recap from the Legal Technology Exchange

Knowledgeline

This was a great event, as it blended leading C-level folks from law firms as well as leaders from many major in-house legal departments. The speakers represented a great cross-section of in-house counsel and law firms. For me, it's always helpful to be reminded of the pain points our clients are feeling and try to identify ways we can help. One of the main themes was the continuing pressure in-house counsel face to reduce legal costs.

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Australian Law Tech Summit - Recap

Knowledgeline

On my recent visit to Australia, I spoke at the 2nd Annual Law Tech Summit in Noosa, Australia. Put on by the fine team at Chilli Marketing Solutions, it was a very well organized event, with a lot of great content. The highlights for me, were the keynote given by Richard Susskind who's concepts and theories have heavily influenced how I view IT within legal, and Peter Williams , a Partner at Deliotte and CEO of their web and software development business, Ecplise.

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Blogging at ILTA's conference

Knowledgeline

While I had a few posts from the ILTA conference, some seemed to be surgically attached to their PC while in sessions. It's amazing to see the amount of information spewing out from bloggers like David Hobbie , Doug Cornelius , and Monica Bay. I think folks providing near real-time posts are great for the industry. Daily headlines from Sean Doherty also let those not able to attend get some of the major highlights of the conference. Keep up the good work

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Enterprise Search, uncovered and revealed

Knowledgeline

John Alber's recent article titled, " Search at the Foundation of the Enterprise ", does a really nice job of explaining the business issues solved by enterprise search and goes on to discuss, in depth , the various types of underlying search technology used today. It's in plain English , so even I can understand it. John was nice enough to include pictures and charts to help explain set-theoretic models, algebraic models, and probabilistic models.

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Live from ILTA

Knowledgeline

So far, things are pretty interesting. KM tracks yesterday were well attended, so perhaps there is hope for KM, despite my earlier post ;) Today the buzz is about OpenText's announcement around their SharePoint strategy.

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Is KM Dead?

Knowledgeline

That seems to be the question on the minds of many these days. Or more softly put, how do CKOs ( or other KM types) fit into a world with strategically minded CIOs and other IT folks. Technology has also gained a solid footing in the KM space and while there is debate as to how far technology can be taken to replace people (especially in PSL roles) it's certainly established itself as an important tool.

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Free MOSS wild card search add-on

Knowledgeline

For many, wild-card searching is a huge gap in the MOSS enterprise search product. Those of you that own the SPxConnect Enterprise Search product from XMLAW get the entire Ontolica suite, which is wrapped into their product. If you just want wild-card searching, Ontolica is now offering their wildcard add-on for free, I suppose a teaser of sorts to get you to buy their entire product line.

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Sucession planning and the war for talent

Knowledgeline

Larry Richard , who heads up the Leadership and Development practice group for Hildebrandt recently spoke at my firm's Partner Retreat, where he opined on a number of points. One of the more interesting dilemmas facing law firms is succession planning for all the baby-boomer partners heading towards retirement.

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Morgan Stanley Verdict Overturned.

Knowledgeline

On a topic other than SharePoint. It appears that the $1.58 billion verdict was overturned because of the plaintiff's inability to prove damages, despite the fact that the judge precluded any defense on liability. It likely won't affect the underlying e-discovery issues, but it's interesting that this was overturned after all the hoopla surrounding it.

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Sheppard Mullin SharePoint Case Study

Knowledgeline

Here's a link to the case study on Microsoft's site, which was just published today. If you'd like to download a cleaner version of this in Word, click here. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and has a pint or two of green beer :) Tom

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How to organize client projects in Wrike

Wrike

If you provide professional services , it may be convenient for you to organize your tasks in Wrike in the context of clients. You can create a special folder for each client and share it with him only.

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Informal learning - the root of KM?

Knowledgeline

Been reading through Jay Cross's new book - "informal learning - rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance" during the holiday break. Way more learning happens in the coffee room than the classroom, but firms continue to spend way more on formal training than informal learning - there is a huge disconnect right there.

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Scrum in Wrike: making software development more agile

Wrike

We keep telling you that Wrike is very flexible and easily adjusts to your needs. We told you how you can make your project management mobile with your Blackberry or PDA phone. We also wrote a guide about getting things done with Wrike to make your days more productive.

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Interview with Wrike for PMO Podcasts for Executives and Managers

Wrike

Wrike’s founder, Andrew Filev, was interviewed for PMO Podcast and discussed better ways of managing projects with the help of Web-based software. Andrew explained how transparent integration of project work with e-mail can increase project management productivity and save time.

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Build a Timeline from Email

Wrike

If you have ever dealt with project management software, you know Gantt charts can be helpful. But most likely you are stuck with your e-mail to manage your projects and you want to build charts based on the tasks that your e-mails contain without much hassle. We’ve got something for you.

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Ultimate Benefit that You Obtain with Wrike

Wrike

You can manage multiple projects in one place. “One place” means only one account. You create an account and organize ALL of your plans there. Unlike other tools , Wrike provides you uniquely convenient way to achieve total information awareness on all projects. In other words, you can share any part of your project plans with the appropriate associates, then manage them in one workspace simultaneously.

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Wrike users recommend the leader in on-demand project management

Wrike

The positive experience that our users receive inspires them to spread the word about Wrike. It’s great. We very much appreciate the initiative of our customers who help us let other people know about simple ways to collaborate on projects and get them done. Some of our customers recommend Wrike in project management communities , and others write reviews and publish them in blogs. Thus inspired by such comments, a review of Wrike was recently published at comments.deasil.com.

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How to organize goals and milestones in Wrike

Wrike

One of the best ways to organize your project effectively is to interconnect the tasks with the project goals. Thanks to this, tasks become meaningful for your team, people become more motivated and thus you get things done faster. For example, if you manage an online ad campaign, you can create top folders named after your goals: increase CTR, increase traffic, increase conversion rate.

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How to better organize projects and events in Wrike

Wrike

We designed Wrike to be easily customizable. Often we receive messages from our users who say that the product is awesome , so our efforts are appreciated, and we are moving in the right direction. We are sure that you love things that are able to meet your unique needs. However, when you have a blank sheet and a network of tasks in mind, it might be hard to organize it effectively from the very beginning.

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How Do Enterprise 2.0 Technologies Make Companies More Agile?

Wrike

Organizational change experts stress the need to develop agile companies. Major Enterprise 2.0 theorists say that new-generation technologies can turn inflexible companies into agile and efficient organizations. They praise social software for optimizing management and overall company activity. To start with, why is the word “ agility ” so popular in management nowadays? Every year, new technologies, markets and competitors emerge at a rapidly ascending pace.

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Mobile Project Management in Wrike with BlackBerry

Wrike

There are thousands of situations when you are not in the office and don’t have access to a computer with an Internet connection. But if you have your BlackBerry, Treo, other PDA phone, smart phone or any mobile device supporting e-mails, you can easily manage your projects in Wrike even if you are in a meeting or at the airport, waiting for your plane. Instant information on your project progress. In Wrike, you manage and plan your projects via e-mail.

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Collective Intelligence Builds New Approach to Project Management

Wrike

As we all know, the project manager in organizations traditionally has the burden of compiling plans and information for the team’s work. The information is then kept in disconnected files, no matter if it is a Microsoft Word file or a Microsoft Project file. The manager is struggling to bring the project plan to life as all the information on the project is concentrated only around a single person – himself.

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New Technologies Transform the Notion of Project Management

Wrike

The social network phenomenon has already transformed the consumer Web into so-called “ Web 2.0.” Major Web players such as eBay , Yahoo , MySpace , and Amazon have opened their portals to communities, adding social elements that caused great interest and demand. Now organizations that aren’t Web-based imply similar technologies in their working processes. Web 2.0 is affecting business processes by offering incredible communication opportunities for organizations known as “ Enterprise 2.0.”

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Selected tasks are at your hand

Wrike

Dear fans of Wrike, Sorry for the long silence. Now we are ready to please you with several new tools. The best ones are filters. In a couple of clicks you can create a list of tasks for which Mary Smith is responsible and that are overdue; or select tasks that were created by you, and that Rob Brown is currently working on. Now you can quickly display and work on lists of tasks that are chosen by several criteria.

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How to use Wrike thanks to the ease of use of e-mail API

Wrike

If you are a developer you might wonder whether Wrike is extensible via some type of API. As of now we do not expose SOAP or REST services, but we do have extensibility through e-mail. The example of how you can use it might be useful not only for developers, but for managers as well. Let’s say your web-site allows a user to fill a form and provide some feedback. This feedback is then e-mailed by the website to the representatives of your company.

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Knowledgeline: SharePoint 2007 Update - Enterprise Search Rocks!!:: by Tom Baldwin

Knowledgeline

Knowledgeline Tuesday, November 14, 2006 SharePoint 2007 Update - Enterprise Search Rocks!! So, we are now less than a month away from going live on our SharePoint 2007 portal. Youve likely seen my previous posts on Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF), which has been a huge boon for us, now let me introduce you to the next new feature of SharePoint 2007 which I think is reason enough to make the switch, the new Enterprise Search engine.

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Knowledgeline: SharePoint 2007 Enterprise Search: Screenshots:: by Tom Baldwin

Knowledgeline

Knowledgeline Thursday, December 14, 2006 SharePoint 2007 Enterprise Search: Screenshots Were very close to launching our new portal, but to give our users a sense of what it will look like and to test performance, we launched a separate search site on Tuesday.

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Knowledgeline: SharePoint 2007 is full of surprises – lets talk workflow!:: by Tom Baldwin

Knowledgeline

Knowledgeline Thursday, June 15, 2006 SharePoint 2007 is full of surprises – lets talk workflow! I will be periodically blogging about our firms venture with SharePoint 2007 (SP07). The workflow utilizes a Form Library list with a custom content type (InfoPath 2007 form - opened in the web browser using Office Forms Services).

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PRINCE2 – Still top of the charts

Arras People

Back in 2007 PRINCE2 was the most popular Project Management Qualification in the country (see article below). 2007 Report. The 2007 outlook? Respondents were asked which additional accreditations they were likely to go for in 2007.

PRINCE2 – Still Top of the Charts

Arras People

Back in 2007 PRINCE2 was the most popular Project Management Qualification in the country (see article below). 2007 Report. The 2007 outlook? Respondents were asked which additional accreditations they were likely to go for in 2007.

GirlsGuideToPM: My Top 10 Articles of All Time

Girl's Guide to PM

In September 2007 I published a guide to why projects fail. In case you’ve only just stumbled across this blog, this year I’m celebrating 10 years of blogging about project management. I thought it was time to look back and see what the stand-out articles were over the years.

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Quote of the Day - Risk Pre-Mortem

Herding Cats

A risk management premortem is an approach where the project manager and project stakeholders envision a future where the project has failed, and then work backward to determine the story and circumstances that could have led to the project failure (Klein, 2007).

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