Like a Good Chef, A Good Review Manager Knows What “Done” Looks Like: eDiscovery Best Practices

Many people are not great at cooking, which is why many of us eat out regularly. Inexperienced cooks don’t know what “done” looks like and their meals reflect that. As Brandon Mack of Sandline discusses, failing to understand what “done” looks like in document review can derail your review project as well.

In his article Perhaps the Biggest “Gotcha” in Document Review is Not Knowing What “Done” Looks Like, Brandon notes how planning and managing review projects are not for everybody.  Many legal professionals don’t have the desire or the time to manage review projects; yet many of them are thrust into doing so with little time and/or minimal training to effectively manage review projects, leading to low quality results, missed deadlines or even inadvertent disclosures. It’s one of many “gotchas” that can derail your document review project.

A successful chef learns through training and experience how to cook multiple dishes and cook them all well.  An experienced review manager understands how to plan the right workflow for each unique review project.  They both understand what “done” looks like for their respective disciplines.

So, when do you start thinking about the goals for your review process? What questions should you ask? And what constraints drive a review manager’s decision making? I won’t steal Sandline’s (and Brandon’s) thunder, you can check out the article here on the specifics. With Thanksgiving a week away, this analogy is very timely!  😉

So, what do you think?  Do you know what “done” looks like in your review projects – before you start?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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