Seeing the similarities rather than the differences

I love learning from juxtapositions of things you wouldn’t normally think have much in common. So I enjoyed reading this post on PM Hut entitled: Manage your project like attorneys manage matters. Who’d a thunk there was anything similar between developing a new software product and preparing a legal case. But it turns out that there are plenty of similarities between the two, if you approach the subject with an open mind, in terms of:

  • Planning
  • Setting expectations
  • Clarifying communications
  • Identifying costs and risks
  • Preparing effective documents

I have worked with lawyers who were good at the above, and some who were bad. Same as with software teams.

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