June 2010

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Simplifying Legal Technology Strategies” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – we’re very pleased with the growing numbers of downloads the podcast is getting.

Here’s the episode description:

Law firms tend to struggle with setting technology strategies. They get as far as forming technology committees, yet often give them little or no direction. Are there some simple ways to set your underlying technology strategy and keep your firm on course? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss a simple approach to technology strategy based on familiar investment principles, the importance of diversification and an easy visual approach to help make things happen.

This podcast grew out of an article I wrote that appeared in April in the ABA’s Law Practice Today webzine called ““Putting Diversification at the Center of Your Firm’s Technology Strategy – Using a Simple Grid” (download PDF version here).

I’ve always found that law firms have, at best, some kind of vague and amorphous default strategy they use when making technology decisions. This approach does not serve them well. In the article and the podcast, I try to put forth a simple strategy I’ve found helpful that can be put together using one sheet of paper and a simple grid. I draw on analogies from investing, portfolio management and diversification and attmept to apply them to legal technology decision-making. Tom and I talk about the approach in some detail. This approach forces you to think in terms of risk and return (or cost and benefit). If you are trying to come up with some kind of strategy for technology decisions, let me suggest this as a starting point. It synthesizes a lot of the ideas I’ve had about legal technology over the years into one simple package.

We also take on the topic of “social media experts and gurus” in our “stuff Dennis and Tom have been talking about lately” segment. In part, it’s a semi-serious bit of whining about why, even though Tom and I have been using social media forever (i.e., more than 3 years), we never get referred to as “social media gurus.” More so, it’s a discussion of the history of web pioneers and early adopters as compared to the role of the “explainers” and teachers. My contention is that the early movers tend to be focused on “just doing it” and aren’t as able to clearly analyze, categorize and explain what they are doing, which is something that a later round of adopters can often see and set out. With my own blog, I was so concentrated on writing to reach a new audience that I didn’t think much about “best practices” and “rules.” If asked to speak or write an article on blogging, I might do that, but I noticed that others tended to study what bloggers were doing and systematize it. That sometimes resulted in the odd feeling I’d get when reading an article that indicated I was breaking all the “rules” of blogging for lawyers or, worse, that my blog wasn’t technically even a blog. Tom and I have a great conversation and I recommend it to you as a springboard for more discussion on the topic. Just a reminder: we always welcome your questions for future Q&A segments.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom recommends a cool tool called Soluto that can help you speed up the start process when you turn on your computer. I take a moment to honor the passing of John Wooden and then give a great tip I found to help you turn spoken word recordings in iTunes into recordings that can be listened to at double speed.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools

Here’s the latest collection of posts from DennisKennedy.Microblog, which is a supplement to this blog that can be found on Twitter at @dkennedyblog. I invite you to become a follower of the microblog. An explanation of the microblog can be found here.

Here are recent posts from the microblog:

Richard MacManus: How to Manage Your News Consumption in the Real-Time Web Era – http://bit.ly/cm1o8n

Hildebrandt Blog – Is Technology Strategic? – http://bit.ly/8Xr5PV – good companion piece to our new podcast: http://bit.ly/9bz7LA

Mitch Joel: The Types fo Twitter Stars – http://bit.ly/99IDZy – Your Twitter might not be my Twitter.

Jason Moore: MS Office Web Apps on SkyDrive now available to everyone in US, UK, Canada & Ireland. http://bit.ly/aYCBtg

Jack Vinson on “It Takes Two to Tango: Email Version” – http://bit.ly/cujqZ4 – Email “pingpong” & “the email disease”

“Toot Suites” – My new ABA Journal column about office software choices: http://bit.ly/aVbT4z

Jack Vinson and Rick Brenner on Project Management Fallacies – http://bit.ly/cqvkM4

Patrick McKenna: Rules of Engagement – http://bit.ly/aVGEHg – toward eliminating dysfunctional meetings

RT @randyholloway: Also known as “Bring Your Own PC” (BYOPC). Check out: http://bit.ly/bv0GoX (re http://bit.ly/dqnJGf)

New blog post: Home Computers at Work, new episode of Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – http://bit.ly/dqnJGf

How to delegate effectively – great podcast from @allisonshields via RocketMatter – http://bit.ly/diwwkO

Nature: Life after synthetic cell – http://bit.ly/bnFsGs (pdf); Venter’s TED talk – http://bit.ly/brS6V3

Richard McManus: 5 Use Cases for The Real-Time Web – http://bit.ly/9E8HgT

RT @econwriter5: New blog post: Open Source Applications Gaining Traction in Legal Profession – http://bit.ly/b6ik9k

RT @dhowell: A trademark Blawg Review, from @trademarkblog (and @mschwimmer): http://is.gd/cnHeH

Zack Stern: 10 Great Ways to Get More from Your iPad – http://bit.ly/aJ35j0

Yvonne DiVita recommends Social Media Marketing GPS from Toby Bloomberg – http://bit.ly/btWvIa

The Trademark Blog Is Eight Years Old Today – http://bit.ly/b3bLog

Great to see this morning’s return of new episodes to BBC’s History of the World in 100 Objects podcast – http://bit.ly/7XcK3S

New Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast – Outsourcing Your Office Suite: http://bit.ly/agODfx – Hat tip to insidelegal for topic idea

RT @jackvinson: “it doesn’t matter how many projects we have running: it matters how many we finish.” http://bit.ly/dnums5

Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast (http://bit.ly/6s3rX) seeks audience questions for upcoming Q&A segments. Ask here: http://bit.ly/brJ95h

From @insidelegal: In Their Own Words: Bradford & Barthel’s “Operation Google Apps” –http://bit.ly/dpzauP

New blog post: “Social Media for Corporate Counsel – Upcoming Presentation” – http://bit.ly/csueIz

Tim O’Reilly: State of the Internet Operating System Part Two: Handicapping the Internet Platform Wars – http://oreil.ly/9NIBsJ

Great interview via Twitter with one of my favorite people, OKC IP attorney @douglassorocco – http://bit.ly/dk9Tbr

New blog post: “iPads and Lawyers” – http://bit.ly/aOalEh

Phil Windley: “Automatic Negotiation of Contracts Using Context” – http://bit.ly/aKRQCK – intersection of VRM and Law

New post on DennisKennedy.Blog re diversity-themed new issue of Law Practice Today and new articles: http://bit.ly/bjlssv

The 2010 Hardware Buyer’s Guide Episode – New Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – http://bit.ly/9iQtDD

New article (co-written w/ @econwriter5): Open Source Software Primer for Solo & Small Firm Lawyers – http://bit.ly/9hCzPE

April issue of Law Practice Today focuses on diversity issues in in law practice management – http://bit.ly/djd2kK – A must-read

RT @jimcalloway: RT @internetcases Congrats to @rklau on new gig with Google Profiles: http://is.gd/bqimH (Everyone needs a Google profile)

Making some administrative and technical transitions at DennisKennedy.Blog. Expect return to regular posts soon.

RT @onedegreelaw: About to launch “non-RFP” for legal recruiters-much like One Degree Law Litigation Challenge from last year-who wants in?

My latest ABA Journal column looks at iPad implications for lawyers – http://bit.ly/9Mwhd8

RT @allisonshields: RT @TomMighell: #techshow edition of Kennedy-Mighell Report is up! with interviews: http://bit.ly/cr9IfY

John Pozadzides: “How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords” – http://bit.ly/d6LN1z – An eye-opener about need for strong passwords

Tim O’Reilly on the state of the Internet Operating System – http://oreil.ly/b2JsXl – must-read on “cloud computing”

Donna Papacosta: “Don’t Show Me Your First Draft” – http://bit.ly/9DqGAq – making the case for editing

Dale Dougherty: “The iPad needs its HyperCard” – http://oreil.ly/9nBmTi – HyperCard was such a great program.

Louis Gray: A Big 2010 Trend: Disaggregation and Social Network Focus http://bit.ly/bSjg8y

Rachel Happe: If I Started Today – http://bit.ly/aZqv9l – Solid advice for getting started in social media

Project Check: A Checklist for Checklists – http://bit.ly/9xVOyz

The best lawyer job opening in the country today? http://bit.ly/aGa8WI

Adam Singer: “Your Life Should Be On An Accelerated Learning Curve” – http://bit.ly/dCRP0B – Excellent advice

Jon Thomas: PowerPoint is NOT the Problem with Presentations Today – http://bit.ly/9GBJtM – “PowerPoint is just a tool.”

Jayne Navarre: Fear of Facebook: Part II: How to use Facebook privacy settings – http://bit.ly/cE8JY2; see also http://bit.ly/aGjanN

Check out the latest episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast on the Legal Talk Network – Simplifying Legal Technology Strategies

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

Follow my microblog on Twitter – @dkennedyblog; Follow me – @denniskennedy

The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools

Listen to The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on Legal Talk Network. Twitter: @tkmreport

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