One of the great and oft-cited frustrations of eDiscovery is the difficulty of assessing the scope, scale, and potential cost of a new project. In this blog series, we are discussing how to think through the scoping of eDiscovery projects by breaking the process down into five discrete exercises: anticipation, prioritization, investigation, exemplification, and estimation. In Part 1, we discussed anticipation. In Part 2, we discussed prioritization and investigation. We conclude by discuss exemplification and estimation.
Once anticipation, prioritization, and investigation are complete, the next exercise that must be undertaken is exemplification. The exemplification exercise requires the involvement of the individuals with direct knowledge of and responsibility for the organization’s IT systems, as well as individuals with direct knowledge of search, collection, and processing methodologies. Generally, this means corporate IT and an experienced eDiscovery services provider, although it is increasingly common for corporations to maintain internal search and collection capabilities themselves.