Becoming an E-Discovery Project Manager

Earlier this afternoon I was honored to be the guest speaker at the Atlanta Chapter of Women in E-Discovery monthly meeting.  In an effort to save a tree or two, I thought it would be a good idea to share our meeting notes via this blog instead of printing a traditional handout.  I would like to thank my hosts, the meeting sponsor and the chapter members for their attention and interest in learning more about e-discovery project management. I enjoyed our time together and hope the resources listed below will help as we move forward on our learning journey together.

“New Job Title, Same Job? Becoming an E-Discovery Project Manager”

  1. Defining the Role of an E-Discovery Project Manager
  2. Developing Standards Your Team Will Follow
  3. Identifying Opportunities to Save Time & Money
    • Why metrics matter
    • Managing your project with metrics
    • Change management – you must be intentional about following through with your change management process & plan.  Make sure the right people are authorizing project changes and that those changes are well documented.  To successfully manage change, you’ll need to confirm that the requestor understands how the project scope, schedule and resources will be impacted by the requested change prior to moving forward.
    • Use technology to manage technology

This is just a brief outline of what we covered in a 45-minute presentation this afternoon. Please let me know if you have questions. erika at learnaboutediscovery dot com  


The 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program

Learning about e-discovery requires both a practical and theoretical approach. We need the practical knowledge to complete our everyday tasks. We need someone to think through the theoretical knowledge in order to improve our everyday practices. There are a few electronic discovery “think tanks” around the country the most notable is The Sedona Conference.  Recently, the principles, updates, theories, and ideas coming from the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program have taken center stage in leading the charge on a number of e-discovery project management issues of greatest concern.  Topics e-discovery project managers should pay specific attention to include:

  • discovery conference (meet n confer/ FRCP Rule 26f) best practices
  • solidifying the role of the e-discovery or ESI liason (litigation support professionals)
  • the work of the technology sub-committee

To learn more about this program visit their website and check out this podcast which provides an excellent overview.