Working from your Strength
- Leveraging the positives in your style - Part 1
Over the past few Journals we have looked into many different types of
CAD Managers. We looked at three styles of management in
June, three more in
concluded with three in
Most of the traits we looked at
were from the negative perspective. We now turn our gaze
toward the positives. Working from your positive strengths
is a sure way to make advancements. We will look at a few
characteristics, practices or perspectives that you might bring
to the table. You may not have them all, but by using
these characteristics as a starting point we will look at how
you can leverage them to make progress in another area. I
approach each one as if you have this strength and what you
could do to use more effectively.
Note from your users: I don't get
I think that all employees, coworkers, clients,
consultants and just about everyone you come in contact with wants respect.
As a CAD Manager, you achieve your results through others. You cannot
make every CAD file comply with the CAD Standards, you get that done through
others. You cannot move to the next release on your own. You can
install it, configure it, customize it and more, but the end users actually
make the move.
So respecting them will get you more than disrespect.
How do you respect your users?
Treat them as clients. That is what they
are. They are the reason you have a job. They are the people who
pay your bills. Always treat them as if they were your only client.
AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 Bible
- Ellen Finkelstein - Wiley Publishing 2007
came down from the mountain top, he had everything that the Hebrews needed
to know on two stone tablets. Now I understand that the rest of the
Torah ("law" in Hebrew) or Pentateuch ("five books of scrolls" in Greek)
takes many more words than would ever fit on
two tablets. My Bible takes 330 pages to cover the first five books.
Taking on the
biblical proportions of AutoCAD requires 1251 pages to cover everything you
need to know about AutoCAD and LT 2008. The introduction page of each
chapter pays homage to those stone tablets using a rocky background image.
The book is broken up into
7 parts ranging from the Basics, Drawing in 2D, Working with Data to 3D
Drawing, Organizing and Managing Drawings, Customization and Programming.
These seven parts are followed by an Appendix and DVD. Each Part has
multiple chapters and ample illustrations. She really does cover just
about everything you would need to know to get a solid foundation for CAD.
There are many step by step procedures that are well documented and easy to
The author included icons
that flag important data. These icons let you know when to slow down
and take a closer look. Almost every page has something tapped out for
special attention. Many of the illustrations show you exactly
what each button on the dialog boxes does what.
The Basic are real basic.
Starting from scratch may seem like a burden to some of us, but there are
jewels to dig up even for the seasoned user. She even covers
digitizers, pucks and the standard tablet menu (I still have one of these,
but I don't use it). There are many charts and lists of commands in
the book that are worthy of photocopying and taping to your monitor or
cubicle wall (does that violate copyright laws?).
Part 5 of the book delves
into Organization and Managing Drawings. It covers my favorite topic -
CAD Standards. There are step by step procedures for using the
Standards tools in AutoCAD for checking one or many files. There is a
very long section on Sheet Sets and how they are to be used. This may
be one of the most under used tools in the software.
While the price is kind of
steep ($49.95 US Retail). It is well worth the money. The only
drawback, which is actually a tribute to its in depth coverage, is that
there is so much in there. But the DVD has the complete text of the
book in searchable PDF format. This is one book that novice to
advanced users can embrace. And it will help you move from beginner to
hot shot in no time.
C M J Rating - 4.5 out of 5 TRON Light Cycles
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