Finding the Solution Outside of the Box

“Think outside the box.”

As sayings go, it’s probably over used and you probably do not think much about it when you actually have a problem to solve. Recently, an industry report pointed out how challenging it is to find and hire e-discovery professionals with good (or better) problem solving skills.  Electronic discovery projects present new and interesting problems so it is pretty important to learn effective problem solving as you learn about e-discovery. This week, I’d like for you to try this problem solving exercise… let me know how you do in the comments.



Learn about Predictive Coding & Technology Assisted Review

Predictive coding and technology assisted review have been hot topics in the e-discovery world for over a year. Here are a few resources for you to learn more about it. We will begin with a recent video interview of Ralph Losey where he briefly discusses PC and TAR as well as transparency at Legal Tech NY.

Next, listen to this 30 minute PODCAST from Legal Talk Network

And finally, let’s keep in mind that the key word here is “assisted” … you and your review team still need to learn the facts of the case… check out this post from the e-Discovery Daily blog

LTNY 2012 in Review

Learning about electronic discovery includes keeping up to date with the latest technology and practice trends in our field. Legal Tech New York 2012 was this year’s first major trade show and conference. Here are a few of the top blog posts & articles covering the event:


E-Discovery Journal

E- Discovery Daily

E-discovery Beat

Legal Talk Network – podcast 1 and podcast 2

eDisclosure Information Project

Discovery Resources

Predictive coding dominated the sessions. Most agreed that it is coming – you should be prepared – but even the most enthusiastic advocates cautioned it does not necessarily replace humans. Two primary drivers for adoption emerged: 1) skyrocketing costs associated with human review teams, especially when data volumes are very large; and 2) superior accuracy of technology-assisted review, which is not susceptible to the random errors and inconsistencies of humans, and which can identify and remediate inaccuracies through a process of iteration.

In addition to the excitement about predictive coding, cloud-based data and ECA were also hot topics. Another common theme might be summed up with the phrase “methodology matters” – that is, business process is critical and must be well understood before you can make real progress in improving efficiency and controlling costs.

My new favorite phrase is “methodology matters” to describe what is essentially project management. Technology is great but if your business process is lacking, then you might as well plan on wasting a lot of time and money.  And by now, you can tell that the other major topic at LTNY this year was predictive coding (also known as computer assisted coding).

What did you learn about e-discovery at this year’s show? What changes to your practice are you making since you returned from NY?

e-Discovery Case Law Update Winter/Spring 2011 | Fios, Inc.

e-Discovery Case Law Update Winter/Spring 2011 | Fios, Inc..

This webinar is FREE and will be live in a few weeks… don’t worry if you miss it… Fios always records their webinars so this will likely be available on demand later.


Wednesday April 06, 2011 01:00 PM ET (60 minutes)

This quarterly case law update from Fios explores recent court decisions related to e-discovery, the impact these cases may have and are already having, and tactics and strategies organizations should consider to help control their e-discovery costs and risks.