CADDManager on March 19th, 2015
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

The final installment of my short list of character traits. These are also known as soft skills.  The people side of things.  The intangible inner perspectives and habits that make someone who they are. Flexibility – Ability and willingness to go the extra mile, put in more hours when needed.  This is closely tied to […]

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CADDManager on March 18th, 2015
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

Let’s take a look at the next set of characteristics. Having a Plan B – Defines back out strategy as part of planning. Quickly develops options if things derail.  Is not overly optimistic to the point of not thinking about things going wrong.  Knows when to put plan B into action. Team Player – Works […]

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CADDManager on March 17th, 2015
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

Continuing the thread of this series about what I think a CAD Manager should have as far as character and skills.  Here are the next few: Organized – Keeps track of tasks and deadlines. Knows how to prioritize. Is aware of others priorities and how they impact their own.  Uses tools and methods that help […]

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CADDManager on March 16th, 2015
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

Recently I was involved in a process where I had to define what I thought the personal character and skills of a CAD Manager should be.  I pondered this question and started jotting down my first impressions.  It was a concise list that did not go into great depth on each individual characteristic, but just […]

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CADDManager on March 10th, 2015

Here is a great link that I was informed about. (Thanks Charlotte) It has a great list of AutoCAD Shortcut keys for Mac and a printable template that you can use to add to your keyboard. Here is an example.  Get the full PDF here.

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CADDManager on February 25th, 2015

Like most people, I have documents, data and information stored in Google Drive.  Like most IT people, I am concerned about backups.  I find that I have backup processes in place and multiple options.  I have backups of my backups.  I have cloud backups and local hard drive backups and external device backups and thumb […]

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CADDManager on February 11th, 2015

It is interesting to me where former Autodesk staff end up.  Over the years there have been so many transitions that it is hard to track, but I do notice when a name pops up in the news. Jay Bhatt, former Autodesk AEC SVP.   He was responsible for Autodesk’s global Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) […]

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CADDManager on February 5th, 2015

From a recent FAQ on the topic… “Autodesk is gradually transitioning new software purchases for our products to subscription options only. In the first phase of this transition, new seats of standalone desktop software products will generally be available only as a Desktop Subscription beginning February 1, 2016.” This is the next step in ADSK’s […]

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CADDManager on February 4th, 2015

Recently, the publishers of Cadalyst Magazine interviewed me for their CADSpeed blog as part of their “Expert Interview” series.  The interview included a quick review of CAD Manager duties, the impact of the “maker” movement, qualities of a good CAD Manager and more. You can read the interview on their blog at  “Expert Interview with […]

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