Some may wonder when is the best time to create a CAD Standard. Do they wait until too many problems arise to live without one? Do they wait until the owner can no longer stand the confusion and complaints of the production staff?
Here are some thoughts on this issue…
You should create a CAD Standard as soon as possible. Don’t wait for complaints or for others to realize that one is needed. The CAD Manager is the one that should be thinking out in front of others. If you are the CAD Manager then start thinking of standards.
Don’t wait to have a completed package of standards. Start right away by getting some documentation created on a small scale. Starting small allows you to gauge the embrace of your firm with this process. Chances are that there is already some form of a standard floating around your firm. It may be slips of paper or memos or emails that outline what to do when. Start collecting those up and formatting them so they all look similar.
Write down one topic at a time
You could start writing down what people are doing. Or what you are doing. Getting something in writing is the first step. When something begins to take shape and appears in writing, them people start taking notice. Some may have concerns about the process or the need or what is in the standard. This will start a conversation that will lead to developing a Standard.
Look at the topics collectively
Once you have some things on paper start looking for what is missing. Refer to my list of what needs to be included. Make sure you cover the big ten that I mention first. After those areas are done, move to others.