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2015-08 ILTA's 2015 Project Management Survey Results 

08-21-2015 11:41

About a week before last year’s ILTA conference, the typically calm project management e-group began to explode with messages about additional networking events targeted for people in project management (PM) roles.

With the help of ILTA staff and sponsors, we set up and communicated additional networking opportunities for PM professionals attending the conference. Setting up and attending those events made me realize there’s a resurgence of project management in law firms.

The focus has been on legal project management (LPM) for the last five to seven years, and our previous surveys and colleague feedback indicated the ranks of traditional project managers was stagnate or shrinking. Also during that time, the thought of opening a new project management office (PMO) at a law firm was nearly nonexistent. That thought process has certainly changed. We saw a significant jump, from 34% to 46%, of respondents with formal PMOs, and 27% indicated they have added more dedicated project managers to their organizations. Make sure to review the insightful open-ended responses given regarding advice for those starting a PMO and for general project management.

Our last survey introduced questions specific to LPM and litigation PM. We learned the best resource to answer those questions wasn’t always the best resource to answer the survey’s other project management questions. To address this and allow for those taking the survey to provide the best answers, we changed the survey to allow people the choice to skip sections. This seemed to work out very well this year. Many respondents answered only sections that applied to their specific area of expertise. I found the responses fascinating in these two areas, and I encourage you to review them.

A special thanks goes out to Amanda Lucas, who triple-crunched all the numbers for this survey. Great job, Mandy!

Scott David
Senior Manager of Service Support
at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

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