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Tighter Budget? Ten Tactics for Handling Your Biggest Expense: External Resources

November 24, 2020 Jodie Baker
When it comes to legal ops, 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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Low-Fuss, No-Budget Ideas for Improving Your Legal Ops in 2021

November 10, 2020 Jodie Baker
When it comes to legal ops, 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 – 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 across the spectrum of size, industry and geography are evolving their Legal Department tools, policies and procedures.
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Movember Case Study

August 5, 2020 Jodie Baker
The Movember Foundation chose Xakia to coordinate communication among lawyers on three continents and its seasonal secondees.
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Batelco Case Study

June 25, 2020 Jodie Baker
Batelco selected Xakia to deliver reliable matter intake – and now uses the software to make data-driven performance goals.
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Automate Your LegalOps To-Do List

June 1, 2020 Jodie Baker
Most helpful, the Legal Operations Health Check will recommend straightforward tactics to help you become more effective and efficient – a 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
This blog series has focused on Agile, a way of working that’s being used by more than 70 percent of our business colleagues, according to the Project Management Institute, and an increasingly popular matter management system for in-house teams.
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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 collaboration, expedience and communication. Learn how it can work for in-house law.
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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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Take Your Legal Department Remote Tomorrow

March 16, 2020 Jodie Baker
The five things you need to do now to prepare your in-house legal team for a quick transition to a virtual Legal Department.
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Syneos Health Case Study

February 24, 2020 Jodie Baker
Megan Isaacson, Legal Operations Manager at Syneos Health, needed a saner approach to Legal Intake & Triage.
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Intake & Triage, Part 3: Use Knowledge Management to Save Time and Stress

January 15, 2020 Jodie Baker
his series explores the ins and outs of Legal Intake & Triage – and how a few adjustments to the process can improve your operations, service and morale.
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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
It may not be the stuff of compelling legal thrillers, but Intake truly is a paramount concern for Legal Departments: Done wrong, it can lead to fumbled projects, duplicated efforts and/or an overwhelming pipeline. Done right, it can set up each matter for success. In our new series, we will address the ins and outs of Intake – and how a few adjustments to the process can improve your operations, service and morale.
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Coca-cola Amatil Case Study

October 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science of reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? In the final installment, we will look at the Legal Department itself.
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Part 4: Build a Stronger Legal Department with Smart Reports

September 11, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science of reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? In the final installment, we will look at the Legal Department itself.
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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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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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Guest Post: Three Elements Critical for Managing External Spend

September 26, 2018 Nathan Wenzel, SimpleLegal CEO
The unpredictability of legal activity has been the top reason in-house teams struggle to accurately predict legal spend. But, this is changing, especially with the rise of legal operations. Legal teams can no longer operate as a black box, spending with impunity. They must be more quantitative. They must take a disciplined and strategic approach to spend management so they are armed with the necessary data to enforce real change.
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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. More than 70 percent of companies have a December 31 year-end; for this majority, the next few months are 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
On its face, ROI seems pretty straightforward – a basic math equation that determines the ratio between an investment’s profit and its cost. But with legal technology, this can get a little nebulous: Your department deals in time, not in widgets.
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LegalTech by the Numbers: In-House Lawyers Share Wants, Needs and Pain Points

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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Success Factors for Implementing LegalTech

July 12, 2018 Jodie Baker
The best legal technology can be doomed to fail without a purposeful plan for the human beings who will use it. Here are tips for securing leadership support, fostering user involvement….and overcoming your lawyers’ skepticism.
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Legal Tech & Small Departments

June 27, 2018 Jodie Baker
Legaltech isn’t just for large law departments. Learn how three small legal teams deployed technology to find efficiency and time savings.
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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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Advancing Strategy or Fighting Fires?

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
How do we ensure that in-house counsel are engaged in strategy instead of inundated by legal whack-a-mole? Legal operations provides a surprisingly straightforward solution: Track your activity, measure its strategic value, and make smart, data-driven change.
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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 executives and boards value most – and how you can leverage legal operations to bolster your most important work relationships.
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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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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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