- Seven Functions of a CAD Manager 
- CAD Manager as Planner 
- CAD Manager as Organizer 
- CAD Manager as Leader 
- CAD Manager as Coordinator
- CAD Manager as Controller 
- CAD Manager as Controller – Performance of People 
- CAD Manager as Controller – Performance of Technology 
- CAD Manager as Controller – Systems and Standards 
- CAD Manager and Staff 
- CAD Manager as Motivator 
Are you coordinated? Some folks can juggle baseballs, while riding a unicycle, on a tightrope wire. That would be a stretch for most of us, but some are more coordinated than others.
Coordinating is something that CAD Managers have to do every day. They orchestrate the flow of CAD work, schedule roll-outs and downtime, work with multiple departments, shuffle deadlines and work under pressure. Here are a few areas where coordination is needed. Some are very hands on and some are philosophical.
Project Work Flow: CAD Managers need to be embedded into the project work flow so they know what is coming. This is typically seen as critical when it comes to plotting output. Coordinating submittals between projects is important. Work with the PM’s to make sure that they are not landing on the same date and time. You will not be able to change submittal dates, but you can work with the PM to schedule the output. You may even have to outsource plotting if there is a major bottleneck.
Software Roll-outs: You will need to coordinate the timing of new software roll-outs. Make sure that they avoid major project submittals and milestones. Make sure that training is ready before the roll-out (if needed). Make sure that everyone in the firm knows it is happening. No surprises.
Hardware Refresh: When that new hardware finally arrives, make sure that the desktop swaps are not impeding work production. Some have done them on the weekend, some overnight, some during lunch. You need to work with each individual person on the timing of a swap. Don’t just roll up with a new workstation and expect the person to jump out of their seat (unless the old dog machine they have is on it’s last legs)
There are so many more areas. Please comment and add to the list.