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The gems of August – my nominations for the ten most interesting posts

  1. 18 lists on Twitter that include this blog and an analysis of their reach (Aug. 3, 2010)
  2. My tweets on 18 lists that follow 4,150 Twitterers but have 470 people following them.

  3. Will the numbers reported on alternative fees please stand still a moment? (Aug. 5, 2010)
  4. Definitions of AFAs vary, measurements use different methodologies, and interpretations rely on ideology more than mathematics.

  5. Alternative fee arrangements might not save money, according to survey results (Aug. 5, 2010)
  6. The majority of firms view AFAs as being just about as profitable as hourly fee arrangements.

  7. Herfindahl’s index of industry complexity, and two possible applications to law departments (Aug. 5, 2010)
  8. Herfindahl’s index of industry homogeneity and whether total legal spending as a percentage of revenue declines as the index of a sector rises.

  9. To improve decisions, complement a capable lawyer with decisional software (Aug. 9, 2010)
  10. Take advantage of the potent combination of wetware and software.

  11. Thoughts on fees of investment banks as the critique might apply to fees of leading law firms (Aug. 10, 2010)
  12. For significant legal representations, general counsel often pay over the odds.

  13. Nuts and bolts of Six Sigma techniques to improve litigation management at Textron (Aug. 16, 2010)
  14. Details on how the litigation group at Textron has put Six Sigma techniques to work.

  15. The cartography of network connections courtesy of sociograms (Aug. 16, 2010)
  16. The sociogram, a tool that maps interactions among members of a network and describes those interactions quantitatively.

  17. LPO providers in the Philippines, with seven named (Aug. 22, 2010)
  18. The Philippines has emerged as a leading LPO destination, second only to India

  19. Solid steps to consider if your legal department handles a steady flow of contracts (Aug. 22, 2010)
  20. Ideas for how to handle an enormous volume of contracts