Those who manage law departments appreciate, to varying degrees, the contributions of numbers they collect. One way to heighten that appreciation and extend the contributions is to consider numbers in three stages: What is going on in the worlds (analysis), how can we convey what we learn about what is going on (explanation) and the ways can we influence others to do what needs to be done based on quantification (rhetoric). Let's look at each of the three stages in order.
When you want to analyze mounds of data, statistics shine. The many statistical tools available to identify and clarify dispersion, variability and relationships can powerfully contribute to law department operations. To show that the number of documents collected in discovery predicts 65 percent of the external costs of a lawsuit allows you to see more clearly how to confront litigation costs. To analyze your effective billing rates by averages and medians or to show their skew toward large firms gives you insights.