Monday, March 14, 2011

The Latest Trends in Project Management

While most project managers know they can find work in construction, technology and engineering, many do not think of the legal industry as a viable employer. According to a recent article in Lawyers Weekly, that is about to change.

In the article, the author mentions that cost-conscious clients are starting to demand greater accountability and more predictability in terms of potential outcomes and fees from lawyers offices. Without a reasonable way to do that, law offices are left without a way to respond to those expectations.

This is where project managers come in - with their discipline for accountability and planning. One law firm who implemented a project management department, developed it in-house with a PMI certified consultant and based it on PMI principles. Since its implementation, they’ve even started using it as a differentiator in their advertising.

Changing the legal culture will take time, as with any industry. But it’s interesting to note that project management professionals may have a new industry to work in soon. The PMI certification that you may need to target jobs like this can be challenging to achieve. Kaplan Continuing Education provides a certificate program for Project Management that may help you stand apart from the other candidates.

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