Numbered lists of steps – 10 ways to reduce outside counsel costs, for example – appeal to many people. A list presupposes that the compiler gave some thought to which points were most important. A list implicitly claims that who put it together knows what they are talking about and exercised judgment. A list lightens information overload.
As it turns out, I to honor these principles on this blog and often try to enumerate primary considerations, even putting them in priority order (See my post of June 26, 2009: 5 key sourcing tactics; July 22, 2009: 5 distortions that affect groups; June 29, 2009: 6 challenges for productivity metrics; July 15, 2009: 6 disadvantages of decentralized hiring of lawyers; July 4, 2009: 7 suggestions for sourcing professionals; 7 similarities between contract and matter management systems; July 5, 2009: 8 differences between cost and value; Aug. 10, 2009: 8 myths procurement harbors; March 2, 2009: 9 myths inside attorneys hold about their management of outside counsel; Sept. 23, 2009: 10 missing metrics about outside counsel; Feb. 12, 2009: 10 upsides of the recession; July 20, 2009: 11 reasons why a law department might transfer a case; March 1, 2009: 11 techniques to unify a global legal team; and Oct. 19, 2009: a dozen arguments against convergence.).