Reduce Legal Costs with Project Management as a Service for Legal Project Management’s worth noting that businesses have chalked up savings in the ballpark of 30% by folding project management as a service (PMaaS) into their strategic approaches.

Navigating the treacherous waters of escalating legal expenses can be a lone voyage for many companies. In an era marked by razor-sharp financial oversight, organizations like yours are wrestling with the dual challenge of juggling intricate project demands while keeping the reins tight on spending.

Picture this: navigating through the labyrinth of legal costs, searching for pathways to refine operations and shave off unnecessary expenses—all without cutting corners on quality or end results.

The solution that will turn the tide is Project Management as a Service (PMaaS). Through its scalable approach to meeting diverse project requirements and adjusting capacity, PMaaS emerges as a tailored solution that has enabled firms to pare down their legal spendings with remarkable efficiency.

In this article, I talk about how adopting PMaaS can steer your legal projects toward cost-effective victories—and it’s worth noting that businesses have chalked up savings in the ballpark of 30% by folding project management as a service (PMaaS) into their strategic approaches.

Are you primed for more intelligent expenditure? Stay tuned!

Key takeaways

  • PMaaS lets companies manage legal projects without hiring more full – time staff. By using expert project managers only when needed, they can save up to 30% on legal costs.

  • This service helps with making work smoother and stopping costly mistakes in areas like operational efficiency and privacy rules.

  • Using contract project managers brings flexibility to the team and accountability rigor to the project. They help follow the plan, track everything well, and deal with changes quickly.

  • With PMaaS, businesses control their money better by paying for services based on how complex projects are.

  • The future of managing legal tasks looks good with PMaaS growing. It will help keep quality high and costs low as needs change.

Understanding Project Management as a Service (PMaaS)

Understanding Project management as a services (PMaas)

Project Management as a Service (PMaaS) is like having expert help whenever my team needs it. It’s like managed services.

  • This means you can bring in project managers who know exactly what they’re doing when you have big projects or need special skills.

  • They come, do their job, and leave when done – no need to keep them around full-time.

  • With PMaaS, it’s all about flexibility and keeping things lean. Your company doesn’t have to add more people just for a single project. Instead, you get the muscle of extra skilled people only when you really need it.

  • Plus, this approach helps you manage costs better since you pay for services only when you use them. It’s smart because the focus is on creating value for you as a clients with every step.

Now let’s talk about why PMaaS is such a big deal in legal project management..

The importance of project management as a service in legal project management

The importance of project management as a service in legal project management

Project Management as a Service takes a lot off your plate in legal project management. It lifts the heavy load of delivering support services, which can often bog down a team. Think about all the time spent on tasks that could be handled by experienced managers from outside.

  • With PMaaS, you get access to these experts who understand how to manage risks and change effectively. They also know how to use things like key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to keep projects on track.

  • This service is big for keeping costs under control while still getting high-quality work done. For example, when dealing with tax issues or following rules like general data protection regulations (GDPR), missteps can be costly.

  • PMaaS is set up to handle this kind of thing daily, cutting back on mistakes and saving money in the process.

  • Bringing in PMaaS means you can focus more on value for your business stakeholders instead of doing tasks. They help you see where we you do better with processes and tools like project management software or agile methodology—things that boost efficiency without adding extra people to payroll.

  • Plus, they make sure to stick closely to budgets so there aren’t any nasty surprises with legal spending later down the line. This approach helps you stay sharp and competitive in an ever-changing field where clients expect top-notch service without overspending.

Achieving legal operational excellence using contract project managers

Achieving legal operational excellence using contract project managers

You can reach legal operational excellence with contract project managers.

  • By adding on-demand contract project managers, you can increase the capacity of your function for undertaking more work because they can deliver it efficiently. PMI surveys say inefficiently managed projects take more that 20% more time and cost to complete.

  • These experts bring their knowledge to manage important legal tasks. They look at the way things are done and find better ways.

  • Contract project managers are like special guides for projects. They plan, track progress, and solve problems fast.

  • With these managers, you can see everything clearly about your projects. They use tools like PMO (project management office) strategies to keep things smooth and on time. If there’s a change or new risks, they help you handle them well.

  • This kind of support is key for managing process improvements, technology implementations, privacy policiesrisk management, and more in big deals like mergers & acquisitions (M&A). Using a contract project manager means you stay sharp in legal battles while saving money too!

List of legal, risk and compliance initiatives suitable for project management as a service

List of initiatives where project management as a service will be effective

While project management as a service can be leveraged across any legal, risk or compliance initiative that requires tracking timelines, effort, resources, and such, here is an illustrative list of projects:

  1. Legal projects:

    • Litigation support: Managing the logistics, timelines, and resources needed for complex litigation cases.

    • Matter management and e-billing: Develop a matter-centric management approach from matter intake to managing law firm relationships.

    • Intellectual property management: Improving patent lifecycle processes or implementing intellectual asset management solutions.

    • Contract management systems: Implementing or upgrading systems for tracking and managing contracts.

    • Compliance with new regulations: Managing projects related to adapting to new legal regulations, such as data protection laws.

    • Legal technology integration: Integrating new technology solutions into legal practices, such as contract analysis AI. Integrating enterprise solutions for dashboards and decision making e.g. CRM, ERP, accounts payable.

  2. Risk Management Projects:

    • Risk assessment and mitigation: Projects focused on identifying, assessing, and mitigating various business risks.

    • Third-party risk assessment and remediation: Implement solutions that automate the task such as intake surveys, assessment, benchmarking, remediation, tracking, monitoring, and onboarding.

    • Cybersecurity initiatives: Overseeing the implementation of cybersecurity measures and systems.

    • Business continuity planning: Developing and implementing plans to ensure business operations can continue during and after a crisis.

  3. Compliance projects:

    • Regulatory compliance implementation: Projects to ensure that organizations comply with industry-specific regulations.

    • Anti-Money laundering (AML) programs: Implementing or upgrading AML programs and systems.

    • Ethics and compliance training: Developing and implementing training programs to ensure employees understand and comply with relevant laws and regulations.

How PMaaS reduces legal spend

How Pmaas can be effective

PMaaS helps reduce legal spend through improved processes and efficiency, as well as control of budget and legal spend.

By leveraging PMaaS for legal project management, organizations can optimize their resources and achieve cost savings while maintaining high-quality outputs.

Improved Processes and Efficiency

Improved processes and efficiency are at the core of PMaaS. By leveraging PMaaS for legal project management, we can streamline workflowsoptimize resource allocation, and enhance collaboration among team members.

  • This approach allows us to standardize project methodologiesimplement best practices, and eliminate redundant tasks, leading to smoother operations and better outcomes.

  • Efficiency gains from PMaaS also come from improved project tracking, reporting mechanisms, and data visibility across legal initiatives. With accurate insights into project status and performance metrics at our fingertips, we can promptly identify bottlenecks or areas requiring attention.

  • It facilitates proactive decision-making to keep projects on track and deliver value consistently throughout the legal project life cycle.

Control of Budget and Legal Spend

Controlling budget and legal spend is a critical concern for legal, risk, and compliance leadership. With PMaaS, we gain cost visibility through pricing models based on specific services and project complexity.

  • This allows us to acquire capacity without increasing headcount. Survey results reveal that clients are most concerned with managing peak workloads and delivering quality when moving to PMaaS.

  • By embracing PMaaS in legal operations, we can achieve better control over our budget and reduce unnecessary legal spend.

  • Moreover, leveraging PMaaS ensures improved processes and efficiency. It enables us to access a single source of truth while managing projects, leading to better financial statement audit and risk assessment.

  • By integrating PMaaS into our legal project management strategies, we can streamline budgeting activities and create sustainable growth within the organization.

The Future of PMaaS in Legal Operations

The Future of PMaaS in Legal Operations

The future of PMaaS in legal operations looks promising. As organizations continue to seek more cost-effective and efficient ways to manage their legal projects, PMaaS is anticipated to play a significant role.

  • With the increasing need for flexibility and scalability in project management, the demand for PMaaS is expected to rise. This service offers a practical solution for legal, risk, and compliance leadership by providing access to specialized expertise without the need for additional headcount.

  • As organizations emphasize value-based approaches, the customer service focus of PMaaS aligns well with this strategic direction. The future of legal operations will likely see an increased integration of PMaaS to drive improved project outcomes while effectively managing costs.

  • By leveraging managed services like Project Management as a Service (PMaaS), legal entities can adapt their project management approach efficiently while ensuring high-quality delivery across various workflows and peak workloads.

Benefits of using PMaaS

By using PMaaS for legal project management, you can expect increased stakeholder satisfaction and better risk management. This will ultimately lead to improved overall operational excellence within the legal department.

Increased stakeholder satisfaction

Using PMaaS increases stakeholder satisfactionClients are relieved of the burdens of support services and gain cost transparency, resulting in improved delivery quality and better management of peak workloads.

This drives a sense of satisfaction among stakeholders, allowing for better capacity without adding headcount and addressing concerns about managing peak workloads, which ultimately contributes to increased stakeholder satisfaction.

Better risk management

Pairing a Current State Assessment with PMaaS is crucial for achieving better risk management. This approach allows us to thoroughly understand the existing processes, identify potential risks, and establish necessary controls.

By combining PMaaS with this assessment, we can proactively mitigate risks and ensure smooth project execution.

Furthermore, leveraging PMaaS enables us to continuously monitor and evaluate risks throughout the project lifecycle. With dedicated Contract Project Managers overseeing legal operations, we can swiftly address any emerging risks and adapt our strategies as needed.

Conclusion – Using Project Management as A Service (PMaas) to save legal costs


In conclusion, embracing PMaaS can lead to significant improvements in legal project management. Bringing PMaaS to your day to day work offers practical solutions that are easy to implement and highly efficient.

By reducing legal spend through improved processes and efficiency, organizations can achieve operational excellence. The impact of PMaaS extends beyond cost reduction; it also enhances stakeholder satisfaction and strengthens risk management.

For further guidance on using PMaaS for legal project management, consider exploring additional resources or consulting with experts in the field. As you contemplate integrating PMaaS into your operations, remember that taking steps towards efficiency and effectiveness is crucial for staying ahead in today’s competitive landscape.

P.S. Swiftwater and Company has assembled an expert team of project management practitioners who are available under its PMaaS umbrella. These experts come with a variety of expertise in the legal, risk and compliance areas. To ensure that our professionals lead your team to success every time we have enabled them with access to accelerators, tools and a proprietary network of experts.

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1. What is Project Mangement as a Service (PMaaS) for legal project management?

PMaaS stands for Project Management as a Service. It helps law firms, law departments, risk managers, compliance teams, and IT departments manage their projects better and spend less money by bringing in outside experts to help with planning, processes, and using the best tools.

2. How can PMaaS lower my company’s legal/risk/compliance costs?

Outsourcing through PMaaS can cut down your bills. By improving how projects are run, it makes work smoother and faster which means you save time and money. It also increases the capacity of your organization by helping the professionals perform effectively with less re-work/delays.

3. Can PMaaS improve how we handle change in our legal work?

Yes! With good PMaaS, your team gets better at managing changes because it offers steps to follow during transitions so that nothing gets missed.

4. Does using cloud technology make PMaaS better for my business?

Using the cloud lets your team access project data from anywhere safely and quickly. This speeds up workflows and helps keep things organized without extra cost on hardware infrastructure.

5. Will employing a service like Swiftwater and Company’s PMaaS bring savings to my legal operations?

Working with resources who have been there and done that brings experience which may lead to more savings since they know lot about the strategy, people, process, and technologies they are dealing with. They are also able to leverage their proprietary network and accelerators to speed up the process. Plus, at Swiftwater and Company, everyone is focused on change management because the ultimate success of any effort lies in acceptance and adoption.

6.Will bringing in PMaaS affect customer satisfaction negatively due to less control over projects?

Bringing in expert services often leads to higher customer satisfaction since jobs get done well because of professional insights into project portfolio management along with solid benchmarking against top standards.

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Danish Butt
Danish Butt

Danish is a visionary leader with 20+ years in transforming global enterprises. An advisor to chief legal officers, he excels in merging business growth with strategic vision and risk management. His impactful roles at Huron Consulting, Siemens, and Morae Global highlight his diverse expertise