Hacking Outside the Box

I think it was Arnold Palmer who remarked that beginners often find golf easy because they haven't had time to learn how hard it is. That's essentially the sentiment that drives the "Hackathon" mentality. At e-Courts 2016 last month, the Court Hackathon sessions were among the most interesting and the most eye-opening. I didn't know, … Continue reading Hacking Outside the Box

Black Belt: Learning to Learn

The term "Martial Arts" may seem strange to those who have never pursued them. To those who have, however, the term makes perfect sense. Karate, judo, tai-chi, kung-fu, and myriad others, are indeed arts, requiring years of dedicated study and practice to master. That's not to say that there is no benefit at the front … Continue reading Black Belt: Learning to Learn

HELP WANTED: Securing a Champion for Your Court IT Initiative

I always say that I don't object to a fight; I just object to a fair fight.  If I have to be in a fight, I want the big kid on my side. At last June's ImageSoft Government Summit, several speakers from courts that had gone through successful implementations of Electronic Content Management systems pointed … Continue reading HELP WANTED: Securing a Champion for Your Court IT Initiative

The First Law (and How To Overcome It)

With the advent of summer, I look at my garage and contemplate the inexorable truth of Newton's First Law of Motion, holding that An Object At Rest Tends to Remain At Rest (until and unless acted upon by an external force).  Ah, yes... that certainly explains the clutter.  Why won't someone just put all that … Continue reading The First Law (and How To Overcome It)

ECM Support for Court Performance Measurement: M6 – Reliability and Integrity of Case Files

Recently I discussed the desirability of measuring court performance, and how Enterprise Content Management (ECM) with workflow can be expected to deliver dramatic improvements in File Retrieval,[1] the first of three parts of CourTools Trial Court Performance Measure Six (M6), Reliability and Integrity of Case Files. The other two standards under M6 are Content Reliability … Continue reading ECM Support for Court Performance Measurement: M6 – Reliability and Integrity of Case Files

How Paper-On-Demand Provides Judges with Documents That Work “Better Than Paper” (Part Three)

Having previously considered the judicial requirements for Accessibility and Navigability, and Readability, let’s now take a look at the judicial needs and requirements for Document Manipulation. Next to readability, manipulation of documents is probably one of the biggest issues for judges considering a move to a paper-on-demand court. Indeed, paper-on- demand, by definition, leaves open … Continue reading How Paper-On-Demand Provides Judges with Documents That Work “Better Than Paper” (Part Three)

How Paper–On-Demand Provides Judges with Documents That Work “Better Than Paper” (Part Two – Readability)

In our last post we considered two of the key requirements to make a paper-on- demand court workable and usable for judges: Accessibility and Navigability. In this post we turn to Readability. Readability is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, concerns of judges; and rightfully so. Judges have to read an enormous volume … Continue reading How Paper–On-Demand Provides Judges with Documents That Work “Better Than Paper” (Part Two – Readability)

It’s the Journey

On one level, review of the Seven Wastes[i] set forth by Taichii Ohno gives a vision of the Promised Land where all Waste has been eliminated and all activity is productive and generates value.  Anyone currently living in such a place, please contact me and include directions.  A not uncommon reaction (prevalent in, but certainly … Continue reading It’s the Journey