Most CAD Managers can tell you a few things, and they are not
afraid to let their opinions be known. But there are
several questions that you need to be able to respond to
whenever they are asked. A quick, reasoned, measured and
valid response that is direct and correct.
Here they are...
1. What does the Company Standard say about ________?
Fill in the blank. You should be the resident expert on
your CAD Standard. Every nook and cranny. Every
subject. Every area. I am not saying that you have
to remember the exact linetype defined for the plumbing hot
water supply line, but you need to know where to go to find out.
You should have been the one who wrote it. Or you may be
the one that inherited it from your predecessor. Either
way - you need to be the Standards King!
2. When are we going to upgrade our software?
You should have a plan for upgrading your software and a
timetable. Even if you are not planning on upgrading in
the near future, you should provide a tentative date and be
willing to follow through on that date. It lends
credibility to your environment and provides the early adopters
in your office with a timeline.
3. How do I ____________ in AutoCAD/ADT/LDT/Revit?
You need to be VERY familiar with the software in use in your
office. You should be the first person trained.
You should be involved in Beta testing the next release.
You might be the best CAD User in the office, but not
necessarily. If you are in a larger office, with several
software platforms, then you may not need to be the expert in
every nuance of every tool. It is hard to keep up.
It is hard to know it all. If you are loosing your grip on
the tools then you need to know who knows the answers. Get
close to the experts in each tool. Bring them onto your
team. Make them an ally. Go to them when you need
4. Why aren't we buying _______? It is a great
tool and I need to be using it.
You need to defend why you use what you use and why you do not
use some software. There are a lot of great tools out
there. Some may fit your environment and others may not.
you should be able to define why a tool does not fit. You
should be able to explain what should be used instead.
Don't just hide behind "tight budgets". If you plan on
purchasing a tool then let folks know when. If you don't
want to bring it into the mix then tell them why.
5. Have you seen the latest version of _______?
We should move in that direction. XYZ company is using it.
This type of question usually comes from Management, after they
have talked to a buddy from another firm or they have been to a
software demo. The same advice as above generally applies,
but is expanded to include a valid effort to investigate the
tool again. If you have not looked around in a while you
may need to get up to speed on the latest release of ______.
Another way to avoid these types of questions from management is
to be proactive and get these software demos in-house so that
you can field the questions and steer the conversations after