CADDManager on October 6th, 2011

Way back when, when all the drafting functions were done with a mechanical pencil in hand there were many talents that a drafter had to develop in order to make plans readable.  The artistic flavor of their lettering was developed over time.  The twist of a pencil to make consistent line weights was an artistic […]

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CADDManager on October 3rd, 2011

“I come to praise drafting and not to bury it.”  Not exactly the reversal of a quote you may expect in a Shakespeare play, but appropriate for our context. I was recently cleaning out my parent’s garage after my father passed away.  There was a lot of “junk” that just never got thrown away as […]

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CADDManager on September 27th, 2011

I first posted the AutoCAD Keyboard Shortcuts back in 2008 and many have downloaded and add to my list. Here is the updated list for 2012 versions of AutoCAD and the various products that use it as a platform.   Here is the new list:  AutoCAD Keyboard Shortcuts-2012 An added bonus – the last page […]

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CADDManager on September 15th, 2011

If you are anywhere close to the locations below, you may want to try and drop in on these events… The AutoCAD User Experience Team is hosting its annual AutoCAD Sneak Peek events in late September. These are free half-day events held in a few different locations, and they’re a great way to get hands-on […]

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CADDManager on September 5th, 2011
This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Principles of CAD Management

Have you ever worked somewhere or with some team that just clicked?  Most of us have had this experience at some point. A group of people just hit it off. They are firing on all cylinders. They know what needs to be done, who is doing what,what can be expected from each member and they […]

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CADDManager on August 22nd, 2011
This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Principles of CAD Management

Nearing the end of Fayol’s list of 14 principles brings us to Initiative. Many of his principles stand the test of time and especially this one.  Allowing personal initiative in employees will garner creativity, energy, personal efforts and more.  When people are allowed to work toward an idea that they have come up with or […]

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CADDManager on August 16th, 2011

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CADDManager on August 15th, 2011
This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series Principles of CAD Management

Stability – specifically of employment.  Fayol (read more on him here) lived in different times than we do.  He encouraged the retention of employees, planning of transitions and he discouraged employee turnover. These days we see firms that are forced to lay off employees.  It has happened to me three times in my career so […]

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CADDManager on August 11th, 2011
This entry is part 14 of 17 in the series Principles of CAD Management

Fayol calls it Equity.  I call it treating people right. His concept is not to just give people what they deserve, which is justice, but to give them what would be considered kindness.  This is being gracious in place of demanding.  Understanding in place of legalistic requirements. Treating people and specifically those that work with […]

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