InnovAction Award Entry from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Baker Donelson, BakerManage In 2010, following the lead of the ACC’s Value Challenge, Baker Donelson identified a need for a project oriented workflow for legal engagements to promote efficiency, to provide more transparency, and to achieve quality legal services at a predictable cost. At that time, there was no project management process designed specifically for use in the legal industry. Baker Donelson pressed forward by developing a unique legal project management (LPM) system for use within the Firm. Baker Donelson attorneys with project management expertise and experience spent over four (4) months designing the LPM process. The designers then worked with the Firm’s technology groups to engineer SharePoint based tools to support the process. The resulting solution was BakerManage, a patent pending system that compliments the legal expertise of our attorneys by providing them with the tools to be better project managers. BakerManage’s LPM process draws upon traditional project management principles to empower legal teams with the tools to develop project plans, create reliable budgets, regularly monitor team performance, communicate meaningful performance metrics to clients in real time and capture best practices. The process is integrated into the SharePoint 2010 environment in order to ease adoption and encourage collaboration with both legal teams and clients.
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