- Principles of CAD Management 
- Division of Work – Principles of CAD Management 
- Authority – Principles of CAD Management 
- Discipline – Principles of CAD Management 
- One “CAD Boss” – Principles of CAD Management
- Unity of Direction – Principles of CAD Management 
- Take a Back Seat – Principles of CAD Management 
- A Fair Wage – Principles of CAD Management 
- Centralization – Principles of CAD Management 
- Can we talk? – Principles of CAD Management 
- Can you Talk? – Principles of CAD Management 
- Hidden Org Charts – Principles of CAD Management 
- Order – Principles of CAD Management 
- Fairness – Principles of CAD Management 
- Stability – Principles of CAD Management 
- Initiative – Principles of CAD Management 
- Esprit de Corps – Principles of CAD Management 
How many bosses do you have? Please leave a comment and let us know.
Fayol  postulated that everyone should have one boss. He reflected that employees need to know that they have one person that will give them directions. He believed that every employee should have only one superior. That the chain of command was a linear chain. That the Org Chart was a pyramid. That was then… this is now.
Now we have matrixed organizations that have a mixture of teams, bosses, superiors, reporting structures and bottom lines. You may report to one person but be on another team that has you reporting to that lead. You may have one project that calls for you to report to one person and another project that requires you to respond to another person. You may even have a team leadership model that has multiple bosses over multiple teams.
Any way you look at it, today is a mixture of reporting structures, flat organizations and shared bottom lines. So is Fayol’s perspective no longer true. I think not. Well at least not totally.
There really is one person that can command your time on any given area of your job. The first and maybe foremost is the person that can fire you. They may be the same person that hired you, but it really is the one that controls your destiny with the firm that matters most. They may take input from others on your performance, but they have to make the call on keeping you around and defending your value.
When it comes to CAD – the boss should be the CAD Manager – I say “should be” because it is not always that way. The CAD Manager should define the CAD and BIM output (quality of files and models). They do not define the content of the design,but they define the production means, methods and standards. If we only lived in a perfect world 🙂
But when it comes down to the CAD Managers world, they need to press forward at being that bottom line. Many will try to take orders from others or give orders to others on the standards, but it is the CAD/BIM Manager that should drive the bus.
How are you doing at being the “CAD Boss”? Are you in charge? Do you make the calls? Can you stop production if things go wrong? Let us know with a comment below.