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Offering Simple, Practical Information For Legal Departments

Jodie Baker

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What to Look for in a LegalTech Vendor

November 24, 2021 Jodie Baker
Software bells and whistles are great – but a LegalTech purchase should also take into account the “who” behind the software.
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What is Modern Matter Management?

November 3, 2021 Jodie Baker
Solving your pain points doesn't need to cost a bomb. If you’re struggling with spreadsheets a better way awaits. Download our In-house Modern Matter Management eBook now.
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Evaluating LegalTech? Five Considerations for Small & Large Legal Departments

October 5, 2021 Jodie Baker
Your Legal Department is small today – but it may not be in five years. Learn what to look for when evaluating legal technology.
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Does Your Legal Technology Match Your Business Needs?

September 13, 2021 Jodie Baker
By 2025, Legal Departments will triple their spend on technology. Here are three critical steps to ensuring your legal tech matches your business needs.
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Matter Management Software: Build or Buy?

August 31, 2021 Jodie Baker
As corporate legal teams shop for LegalTech solutions, it's important to understand the rationale behind “Build vs. Buy” to make an effective decision.
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How to Ace the “Justify Your Existence” Conversation

June 24, 2021 Jodie Baker
If you do not yet have a modern matter management system, this can be an effective foundation for the “Justify Your Existence” conversation.
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Why Most Legal Dept. Strategic Plans Fail (and Why Yours Won’t)

January 14, 2021 Jodie Baker
A strategic plan is the best way to ensure your Legal Department is positioned to handle evolving challenges. Download our whitepaper and template to get started.
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Legal Department Strategic Plans: Maximum Impact, Minimal Navel-Gazing

December 20, 2020 Jodie Baker
Why should Legal Departments make strategic plans? According to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Legal Operations Maturity Model Toolkit, there are five primary reasons to engage in strategic planning.
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Yearly Planning in an Abnormal Year

December 14, 2020 Jodie Baker
Legal departments that proactively pause to plan for the “new normal” will be better prepared for the transition, be better equipped to handle non-COVID work, and will weather what promises to be another strange year with less stress.
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Low-Fuss, No-Budget Ideas for Improving Your Legal Ops in 2021

November 10, 2020 Jodie Baker
When it comes to legal operations, there are many straightforward steps you can take that will take little time and cost no extra money, but pay ample dividends in terms of expedience and sanity.
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Forecasting Legal Operations in 2021

October 13, 2020 Jodie Baker
It’s Q4 2020 - which means it's time for budgets, planning, and predictions for the year ahead. When it comes to legal operations, we can share a forecast based on data.
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What’s the Real State of Legal Operations and What Does It Mean for You?

September 21, 2020 Jodie Baker
Xakia shares the results of the Legal Operations Health Check, the most practical look yet at how Legal Departments are evolving their Legal Department tools, policies and procedures.
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Automate Your LegalOps To-Do List

June 1, 2020 Jodie Baker
We recommend straightforward tactics to help you become more effective and efficient – a legal operations plan to thrive during and after the coronavirus.
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Survive or Thrive? What Visibility Can Mean for Your Team Right Now

May 13, 2020 Jodie Baker
Find out how you can gain visibility into your legal matters through Agile. It can help your in--house legal team stay focused and more productive.
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Agile for Legal Departments: System for Stress Relief

April 22, 2020 Jodie Baker
As a practice management system, Agile offers legal departments improved collaboration, expedience and communication. Learn how it can work for your in-house legal team.
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Are You Ready for a New Way to Work? Three Critical Questions

March 30, 2020 Jodie Baker
Could an Agile system help with legal operations and management of remote legal departments? Three questions in-house legal departments should answer.
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Part 3: Intake & Triage - Knowledge Management

January 15, 2020 Jodie Baker
In this blog, we learn the 3 simple questions that can help you build an intelligent approach to reoccurring legal work…no robots required.
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Intake & Triage Part 2: Keeping Your Business Clients Happy

December 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
Your Legal Intake & Triage framework can borrow a few best practices from the school of queue management – the study of how humans behave in line for a bank teller, an airline check-in counter or….a roller coaster.
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Why Intake & Triage Matters for Corporate Legal Departments

November 12, 2019 Jodie Baker
This blog will address the ins and outs of legal intake – and how a few adjustments to the process can improve your legal operations, service and morale.
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Part 4: Build a Stronger Legal Department with Smart Reports

September 11, 2019 Jodie Baker
This blog series will address the art and science of legal reporting by audience. In this article, we'll look at reporting for the Legal Department itself.
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Part 3: Make the GC Happy - 3 Keys to Smart Legal Department Reports

August 20, 2019 Jodie Baker
In part 3 of this blog series, we’ll cover legal analytics data and reports for legal team management - namely, the chief legal officer, general counsel, deputy general counsel or head of legal operations.
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Reporting for Legal Department Stakeholders Part 2: CEO and Board

July 15, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting gives legal departments an opportunity to connect with your stakeholders and share critical information. In this blog, we’ll cover your organization’s top leaders: the CEO and board.
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Six Mistakes You Can Avoid with Business Unit Reporting

June 18, 2019 Jodie Baker
In this blog article, we'll address the art and science of legal reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? First up: your business unit clients.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics Part 4 - Why

May 15, 2019 Jodie Baker
The fundamentals of legal data analytics are universal, and data collection can be simple and relatively painless. Read our blog for learn “The why.”
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In-House Legal Data Analytics for Beginners eBook

April 25, 2019 Jodie Baker
The Xakia team has created a guide to make legal data analytics accessible for Legal Departments of all sizes and lawyer of all backgrounds. Download In-House Legal Data Analytics for Beginners now.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 3) - When

April 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
There are two important timing elements for Legal Departments: turnaround time and working time. Read our blog to learn more.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 2) - What

March 14, 2019 Jodie Baker
The what - calls to your Legal Department’s output: What exactly do you do around here? A smart collection and classification of your legal work will help you identify opportunities for improvement.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics - Who

February 21, 2019 Jodie Baker
Understanding the four basic competent of legal data analytics can drive efficiency and results. The first component is the who behind the numbers.
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Flying Blind? Half of Legal Departments Work Without a Strategic Plan

January 9, 2019 Jodie Baker
According to Xakia’s Legal Operations Health Check, nearly half of corporate Legal Departments are working without a formal plan. It's important to have a legal strategy in place - read on to find out more.
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Three Steps to Executing Your Legal Department Strategy

December 17, 2018 Jodie Baker
Two-thirds to three-quarters of large organizations struggle to implement their strategies. Download Xakia’s ready-to-use Legal Department Strategic Plan Template now to get started.
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Legal Depts: Show Me the Money!

November 14, 2018 Jodie Baker
Over half of legal departments lack a clear view of spending. Read the blog to find out more as we unpack the numbers.
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Make the Most of a Small Legal Budget

October 24, 2018 Jodie Baker
More money, more problems? For small Legal Departments, the opposite may be true: While their budgets may have fewer zeroes than their larger counterparts, the pressure to deliver with fewer people and fewer resources is huge.
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Vexed by Budget Uncertainty? When and How to Use Fixed Fees

October 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
As consumers of legal services know, when the outside counsel spend is governed by hourly billing, it’s inherently hard to predict, as it can vary with the phase of a project, the demands of the other side, even the habits and styles of the lawyers involved.
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The Data-Driven Legal Budget

September 12, 2018 Jodie Baker
Starting the budget process with a strategic look at both your external spend and your internal workload will result in a better financial picture.
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Budget Benchmarks: Where do you Stand?

August 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
Budget season approaches – and soon it will be time to turn your attention from the law to the ledger. The next few months will be a critical time to request and allocate resources for the year ahead.
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Measuring Legal Tech ROI

August 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
Measuring ROI may seem pretty straight-forward, but with legal technology, this can get a little nebulous. Read our blog to find out how you can measure legal technology ROI.
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LegalTech by the Numbers: Legal Ops Findings

July 31, 2018 Jodie Baker
Since Xakia launched the Legal Operations Health Check, in-house counsel on five continents have completed the online assessment. Two months later, their responses provide a quantitative look at the real state of legal operations in departments of all sizes.
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Make your CIO Happy

June 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
As you explore legal tech solutions, it’s imperative to get buy-in from your IT department. You are more likely to succeed if you understand the IT team’s concerns and go in prepared. We provide 10 questions to get you started.
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Deliver Conference ROI in Four Steps

May 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
Four practical tips for Legal Departments to make the most of the lessons and expertise delivered at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s 2018 Conference
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Workflow Management: Critical Issues

April 20, 2018 Jodie Baker
Our findings from the Legal Operations Health Check, including trends and benchmarking data.
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Legal Operations: Take the Health Check

April 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
Interested in legal operations but not sure where to start? Our Legal Operations Health Check will give you recommendations in 30 minutes.
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Advancing Strategy or Fighting Fires?

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
Legal operations provides a surprisingly straightforward solution: Track your activity, measure its strategic value, and make smart, data-driven change.
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Legal Ops for Small Legal Depts

March 19, 2018 Jodie Baker
Regardless of size, all in-house teams want to provide the best legal services to their organizations in the most efficient and effective manner. That's the basic objective behind legal operations, and you don't have to be in a monolithic corporation to get there.
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Q1 nearly over:  where is your legal budget?

March 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
A recent survey by the ACC asked in-house lawyers a simple question: Is your department spend within budget? 37 percent said no. Read the blog to learn more.
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What CEOs Want from Legal Departments

February 20, 2018 Jodie Baker
Whether you are among the 61% of U.S. law departments that report directly to the CEO or whether your relationship is more dotted-line, it’s important to know what your executives and boards value most – and how you can leverage legal operations to bolster your most important work relationships.
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Data Driven Efficiency for In-house Legal Teams

February 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
True stories of in-house legal data driven efficiency from two organisations. Check out the blog if you're also wondering what data can do for you.
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Easy, high impact change for 2018

January 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
How do you quickly and easily change the way your corporate legal team operates for a more effective (and less stressful!) 2018?
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GC Checklist: who is on the bus?

November 13, 2017 Jodie Baker
In this blog, we look at how senior corporate counsel approach legal team management. We also include a useful checklist and set of interview questions for in-house lawyer recruitment.
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Aussie Legal Tech - Xakia at ACC

November 8, 2017 Jodie Baker
What is it like when legal tech innovators become sponsors? It turns out that being Australian in the U.S. is definitely an advantage!
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Corporate Legal Dept - ready to disrupt

May 9, 2017 Jodie Baker
Corporate Legal Operations teams are in the box seat to disrupt the legal market - or may be at risk of disruption.
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How do legal teams define value?

March 2, 2017 Jodie Baker
Is the value added by a legal team defined by cost savings, value of matters worked on and risk avoided, or by the achievement of an organisation's strategic goals?
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Xakia does matter! ACC NatCon 2016

November 21, 2016 Jodie Baker
Xakia attended the Australian ACC National Conference and we noticed a theme - legal teams are seeking ways to understand their own legal function.
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Corporate Legal Data: Work Types

November 12, 2016 Jodie Baker
By capturing just 1 or 2 data points on work categories, corporate legal data can help achieve collaborative productivity.
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