Do I Eat My Own Dog Food?

It’s not particularly elegant, but the notion of eating your own dog food is a recognized metaphor in the tech world. Here’s how Wikipedia describes it: Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to reference a scenario in which a company uses its own product to validate the quality […]

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Change: Fast or Slow?

It’s clear what’s required to improve the contract-creation side of a company’s contract process: adopt a style guide for contract language, most likely by means of a “statement of style” (here) train your personnel in drafting and reviewing contracts consistent with the style guide overhaul your templates consistent with the style guide automate your templates, […]

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A Plausible Candidate for Contract Automation: The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)

Change is facilitated by economies of scale: implementing a document-assembly system for contract drafting becomes more feasible if the aim is to serve many users, not one. That’s why I’ve long thought that it would make sense to have trade groups build document-assembly systems for use by their members. To be more specific, a plausible […]

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Bringing Kaizen to the Contract Process

[Comments have finally been enabled on this blog, so you’re welcome to chime in.] I noted with interest this article in the New Yorker by James Surowiecki. It’s about how a focus on incremental gains, in sports and elsewhere, has led to a “performance revolution.” It begins by describing how a “technological and analytical arms […]

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A Copy-and-Paste Train Wreck

A tidbit to come out this week’s panel discussion at Notre Dame Law School (see this post) was, courtesy of Glenn West, a citation to a poignant Florida case, Espresso Disposition Corp. 1 v. Santana Sales & Mktg. Grp., Inc., 105 So. 3d 592 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013) (PDF here). Here are the relevant parts: […]

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