In the first of a six-part series, we outlined the purpose and core components of an e-discovery roadmap in the context of a corporate e-discovery readiness program. In part 2, we explain the e-discovery project model framework and discrete project lifecycle components that can have a measurable financial impact on the business. We also define terms and explain some of the metrics we use in our analytical exercises, which will be further addressed in later segments.
Many corporate e-discovery teams tell similar stories about their origins. With respect to the unnatural disaster, they can recall with great clarity all aspects of the scene. They commiserate with their comrades who shared that remarkable moment, when the case that no one expected, never thought would happen, was supposed to go away but didn’t, actually hit. In those days, the most proud moments were the result of managed chaos. Disbelief, confusion and incomprehension gave way to a numb acceptance of the scale, the complexity, the cost on the table. Experts hit the ground and commanded Orwellian technology that defied explanation. An entirely new language was discovered by some to have the miraculous effect of absolute incoherence upon repetition. And most bizarre, negotiating leverage appeared to be bestowed instantly on those who could illustrate complex mathematical algorithms with gumballs. It was a strange and extremely unconventional start to what might well now be a corporation’s most routinized, process-oriented legal operation.