That’s Snow Joke! There are a Lot of Workflows in eDiscovery: eDiscovery Best Practices

See what I did there?  ;o)  Regardless, while it may seem too early to talk about snow and snowflakes, believe it or not, parts of our country have already seen their first snowfall of the season!  We all know how unique each snowflake is.  According to this recent article from Compliance, you could go so far as to say that eDiscovery workflows are that unique as well.

In their article Since We’ve No Place to Go, Let it Snow!, Compliance discusses how there seems to be a “virtually unlimited number of possible methodologies and workflows to support an organization’s potential discovery needs today.”  There are even workflows within workflows.  And, there are several factors that can impact eDiscovery workflows, including:

  • Numerous Use Cases for eDiscovery: Several good examples are provided of use cases for eDiscovery, including some which didn’t even exist until a few years ago;
  • Numerous Types of Disputes: Certainly, different types of cases have different eDiscovery workflows as you’ll go through different steps for (as an example) an employee discrimination case than you will for a product liability case;
  • Different Types of Proceedings: Individual cases are different from class-actions, timelines in Federal courts may be different than those in State courts, etc.;
  • Differences in ESI Collections: Even the volume and type of data in your ESI collection can affect your workflow.

Compliance’s article provides some more information and examples associated with the factors noted above and also provides a couple of good recommendations for determining the workflow that’s best for your needs.  Do you want to build a snowman?  You can check out their article here for more information.


Also, just a reminder that, this Wednesday, October 14th, HaystackID will conduct the webcast The Dynamics of Antitrust Agency Investigations: A Second Request Update at noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT).  In this presentation, expert investigation, eDiscovery, and M&A panelists will present updates and considerations for managing Second Request responses to include tactics, techniques, and lessons learned from fourteen recent responses.

So, what do you think?  How many workflows does your organization have to support its discovery needs?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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