One of the powerful ambitions we have in creating RitterMaps is to enable the legal professional to be more effective in communicating with the digital world about the legal requirements that exist, and how those requirements can be met through the effective design and management of IT. Visualization is critical, not only to enabling the power of pictures to communicate to be harnessed to the challenge, but also enabling facts, events, and information of legal significance to be mapped against the legal requirements.
While lawyers are beginning to migrate toward the use of visual tools in the courtroom to communicate the stories they are presenting, they continue to lag behind the world in which their clients exist in using visual tools to perform the rest of the work that precedes the trial. A big part of that work is mapping real statistics of how the e-discovery process is moving forward against the requirements and the overall project plan.
My thanks to Jeff Brandt, who identified this useful blog post on the value of visualization to IT executives. I strongly endorse a quick read so that lawyers can better understand the power of RitterMaps to managing the complexity of e-discovery.