CADDManager on April 30th, 2009

Let’s face it – CAD Managers have to get involved.  There are a lot of times that you will not be invited in to meetings, planning efforts, new hire orientation, project setups, reviews, or more.  So you have to just stick your nose in. How do you do that?  without offending?  Without getting pushed aside?  [...]

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CADDManager on April 22nd, 2009

Keeping meetings flowing and on topic can be tough. It is not an easy task. Here are some tips that I have used to help me make progress. Create an agenda and stick to it Nothing kills a meeting more than not having an agenda. And the better the agenda is, the better the meeting [...]

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CADDManager on April 22nd, 2009

There are many ways to have meetings that are unproductive. Confused topics, no prep, misunderstood agendas and more can wreak havoc on your progress. So many of these creep into your meeting attempts and derail your efforts. So let’s discuss some ideas that might help keep your meetings on track. Start by Setting good ground [...]

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CADDManager on April 22nd, 2009

There are some general items that the CAD Standard reviewer will oversee. They typically do not work for the CAD Manager but are involved beyond the level of CAD User. They will help you define and review the docs and standards you create. Below is a list that I have used to outline the duties [...]

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CADDManager on April 22nd, 2009

When beginning the discussion on CAD Standards it may be helpful to do a quick triage of subjects. Check out my list to see a good starting point. Use a quick list like this to define what areas you will need to dig deeper on and which ones you can move through quickly. You can [...]

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CADDManager on April 21st, 2009

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CADDManager on April 16th, 2009

Key Players only Make sure that your team has the key players involved and no fluff. Finding out who these people are may be a challenge. Since the CAD Standard will be a document for the end users, select the people on your team from the end user pool. Talk to the users in the [...]

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CADDManager on April 14th, 2009

A Team of Individuals You may not have total control over who is part of the team This can happen easily as some teams are defined by those that either get on it by the nature of their title or the nature of the politics in the office. This is a hard one to work [...]

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CADDManager on April 13th, 2009

Creating your team from scratch When it comes time to set aside a group of people from your firm to help define and review a CAD Standard you will need to think long and hard about who should be on the team. Size Creative teams are usually 3-5 persons in size. Your team will need [...]

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