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Managing Expectations

Are we done yet? - moving the conversation topics away from CAD

Walking the Talk

Survey -Do you PDF?


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Managing Expectations

It is always a good idea to do a little expectation management.

You should be talking out what others can expect from several topics.

1.  Your Job Function

2.  The Software

3.  The Speed of Change

4.  The Need for Speed

5.  The Quality of CAD Files


Are we done yet? - moving the conversation topics away from CAD

I have noticed that the conversation in the CAD industry has migrated toward the higher end tools.  Your conversations may have changed from generic CAD to Inventor, Revit, Bentley Architecture, ArchiCAD, CATIA, Pro E, etc.

What I have observed is that the conversation on CAD is not yet finished.  What areas do I think still need conversations?  Here are a few...

  • Standards

  • Basic Functions

  • Interoperability

  • File Exchange

  • Standard File Format

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Walking the Talk

The old adage "Talk is cheap" still rings true.  The world can stand just about everything, except a hypocrite.  If the way you "walk" does not match the way you "talk" then everyone will discard your words.  Actions are a measure of the belief you have in what you say you believe. 

In the CAD world this equates to the way you approach the enforcement of your CAD Standard, the equity of your distribution of information and your general perspective on keeping your word.

Integrity is the glue that holds it all together.  It means that you fairly distribute all information and knowledge that you are passing on.  It means that you enforce the rules evenly toward all people, projects and offices regardless of rank and position title.  It means that you keep your word - not saying one thing and doing another.

Your ability to lead and manage is based on the trust that others give you.  When you set a deadline - meet it.  When you say you will do something - do it.  Trust is hard to earn and easy to loose.  Watch yourself to see if you are earning trust or whittling it away.

March 2007 Survey

Do You PDF?


WOW - an avalanche of PDF creators.  Out of 177 only 5 said they do not create PDF's.  Most of us use Adobe products (38%) with some form of free tool coming in second with 26%.  A smattering of other tools are also used.

See the full results from March 2007

Take the April Survey - 2008 Software Upgrades

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CADD Manager Journal is a publication of the Core Technology Group
Editor: Mark W. Kiker
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BE Conference 2007


Bentley BE Conference - April 29-May3

Conversations on CAD

I am always talking to people about CAD and BIM.  Some of these conversations are because they ask me questions and some because I need to communicate a point on an issue. 

You should be talking shop with as many people as you can.  This issue contains some tips for who to talk to and what to say.

Mark W. Kiker, Editor


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