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Aug 15, 2011

LPM 101: The Benefits of Legal Project Management Software

If you’re looking for advanced tools to facilitate a more efficient management of ongoing legal projects and open cases, the benefits of using legal project management (LPM) software are many. LPM tools offer users a wide range of benefits, including data collection and management, project planning, collaboration, document management, and much more.

One of the major benefits of LPM tools is that it facilitates easy collaboration. Let’s use a legal project as an example. When a legal matter or “project” is initiated, it is common practice to assign tasks to team members. How are these tasks tracked? Who tracks them? How do you ensure that deadlines are not missed? Is there a project manager? Is project status communicated in Outlook or another internal tracking system?

Creating a project in a legal project management tool alleviates all of these issues. When all team members have access to the same information, it’s easy to share documents, see status updates, assign tasks, and add notes about the project. Not only will your staff be more efficient and happier but it will also reduce their email and phone call loads.

Another major benefit of legal project management software is that it allows project leaders to assign and delegate tasks while supervising the progress of individual team members
. This helps increase accountability and promotes a culture of professionalism within the organization.

When it comes to a legal project, there are many moving parts and complexity is commonplace. One of the most beneficial features of legal project management software is that it makes scheduling easy. No longer will you need to worry about missed deadlines or getting clarity on the project scope. All team members have access to the information and can get updates immediately.

In some cases, you may wish to collaborate with professionals or legal experts outside your organization. You need not worry. Legal project management software makes it easy to quickly invite new team members and get them up to speed on the project scope. It can also be advantageous for the training of new employees, as the inherent features of legal project management software make it easy to demonstrate the progression of a project from its initiation to its final resolution.

Most of all, legal project management software helps your organization, whether it’s a corporation, non-profit, hospital or university, save money through the effective deployment of departmental resources and labor. It is an investment that can quite literally pay for itself in a relatively short period of time. How you ask? The ROI can be calculated in labor and resource savings, improved efficiencies and increased accountability and professionalism for starters. Layer in enhanced productivity and projects are more likely to stay within project scope and budget.

There is a wide range of legal project management software tools available and it’s important that you take the time to research the options carefully before making an investment. It’s critical to only pay for the features that your organization wants and needs. From introductory packages to advanced suites and modules, there’s a legal project management software package that’s just right for you.

Interested in learning more? Watch these screencasts to see if Onit Project is the right legal project management tool for your organization.

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