Posts Tagged productivity

On-screen document annotation is great, if you know how

When asked the last time he annotated a paper document, Don Cameron paused. “Let me think about that,” he said. “Probably years.” “I don’t like the permanency of it,” continued the partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP. “I prefer to annotate, then come back and change my

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Evaluating and improving a lawyer’s technology competence

Helping lawyers get up to speed on the technology they need to use starts with honesty about what they need. Several organizations offer approaches to help lawyers get the technology competence they’re expected to have. That training is required goes without saying. D. Casey Flaherty warns against

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What’s an Active Workstation?

Remember the clickbait headline “Sitting Is the New Smoking”? One of the latest iterations of the perennial office ergonomics conversation, it helped give rise to the notion of an “active workstation.” I wish the headline jibed with reality. It could be better rewritten as “Not Moving and

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Balancing technology competence with legal work

This is the second column of a three-part series. Read part 1 here. Are you having difficulty deciding how much lawyers need to know about their technology? You aren’t alone. Joanne Humber, a U.K.-based technology skills consultant, interviewed the person who runs a law firm’s document production

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Microsoft Word 2016: a rant in ten parts

Late last year, I took the advice of a friend and upgraded to Microsoft Office 365. I regret that decision. I lean mostly on Word, and until I upgraded to 365 I had no idea how much I depended on Word simply being a canvas that I

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Time to start auditing outside counsel’s technology skills

Companies audit their third party service providers for many competencies, like security. Why not the competence to do their jobs efficiently? That’s what D. Casey Flaherty did during his tenure as inside counsel for Kia Motors America. He wrote about his experience for the Jan. 24, 2013,

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Switching languages on the Mac

I speak four languages and I regularly switch between them on my digital devices (all from Apple). When I bought my MacBook Pro years ago, I got it with the French keyboard. (That’s an option here in Canada, with its two official languages.) That keyboard makes it

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Evaluating ethical technology use by outside (law) firms

Automakers vet suppliers exhaustively. One faulty part in a vehicle can cost the automaker dearly, and not just in cash. This need to vet applies to any vendor relationships, including those between companies and law firms. Outside legal help functions as an extension of in-house legal departments.

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Is increased productivity worth the time required to learn new skills?

There’s a story making the rounds about a senior lawyer (perhaps a partner in a firm) and a sizeable spreadsheet. This lawyer needed to find rows in this spreadsheet that met specific criteria. When a colleague checked into his (her?) progress, he saw this lawyer bent over

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How Screen Shot Tools Help You Communicate

A picture is worth a thousand words, and pictures of your device’s screen are no exception. Those screen shot images can help people troubleshoot problems with your device — and help you better communicate how-to instructions as well. Sometimes you will see people taking pictures of their

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