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One Vendor's Remedy for Software Management Headaches - Q&A with Erik Klein of Autodesk about making easy software installation, post-install-related tasks, Application Portal to address concerns, Account Portal modules to manage all of business-related tasks with Autodesk, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 8, 2014

Choose Your Battles - set priorities to survive in new CAD environment: hardware, bandwidth, optimization, training, mobile device policies, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 10, 2014

Should You Move to the IT Department? - think about level of IT authority, impact of IT issues on CAD environment, make job less stressful, more efficient, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 27, 2014

Why CAD Standards are Still Important - CAD standards save time, make training easier, outsourcing more efficient; set high-level list of objectives that should be addressed by CAD standards, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 24, 2014

The Promise and Reality of CAD on the Cloud - renting CPU cores is area of cloud computing that offers real value for businesses, poses minimal security risk, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 9, 2014

Workstation Configurator by Intel - online tool helps user determine what they need in next workstation, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 9, 2014

Break the Bottleneck - define CAD ecosystem, graphically visualize CAD tasks execution in office, find bottlenecks, fix them, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 9, 2014

Practice Incremental Innovation - radical vs incremental innovation, 3-step process to map out workable innovation plan: list problems, propose solutions, prioritize easy, low-cost options, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 25, 2014

CAD Manager Tips: Common Workplace Complaints - and Their Solutions - of a CAD Draftsman - comfort, need of faster PC/laptop, productivity gains, stability of software, sources to build knowledge, Shaun Bryant, CADdigest.com, June 9, 2014

Project Kickoff Questionnaire - prepare list of questions that may include issues related to CAD tools, workflow of projects, IT, training or coordination before project starts to rule out confusions, ensure smooth work progress, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 11, 2014

Project Kickoff Meeting: Your Secret Weapon for Success - conduct meeting before project begins to establish ground rules, project responsibilities, decide on CAD deliverables, CAD tools or methods, timeline of deliverables to minimize managerial challenges, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 11, 2014

CAD Manager Tips to Increase Your Team's Productivity and Efficiency - cloud collaboration tool like Autodesk 360 empowers teamwork, use Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive to store data online, Shaun Bryant, CADdigest.com, May 30, 2014

Peer-Driven CAD Management Solutions - become the go-to resource, be pleasant to work with, easy to talk to, make case by teaching, manage problem-solving process, bypass politics with optimization, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 4, 2014

CAD is the Least of Our Problems, Pt 3 - ensure productivity, meet deadlines, keep track of files, implement standards, training programs, only supportive mobile, cloud technologies, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 14, 2014

Unsure About Whether to Utilize CAD Managed Services? - experts help develop, deploy standards, standardize CAD environment, offer on-site training, Lisa Polonski, Envision CAD, May 20, 2014

CAD is the Least of Our Problems, Pt 2 - discussing issue of mobile workers using low-power tablets, notebooks to access CAD data, CAD managers should plan for controlling chaos, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 14, 2014

CAD is the Least of Our Problems, Pt 1 - mobile technologies, collaboration tools, workflows are changing faster than CAD software; CAD managers require forethought to stay ahead of changes, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 23, 2014

Give Your CAD/BIM Systems the Dog Food Test - execute actual project from start to finish on users' systems, don't grant yourself additional network permissions, record any problems encountered, increase compliance, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 9, 2014

Advocate for Internet Access for CAD Tools - avoid CAD conundrum by accommodating client requests, explaining CAD department's needs, handling CAD tools productively while allowing CAD users access FTP, remote workstations, EDM/PDM systems, cloud based services, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 26, 2014

Conduct Usability Studies for CAD/BIM - record audio/video segments of hands-on software in order to design better training tools, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 26, 2014

CAD Standards Should be Vague - tendency to overdo CAD standards creates maintenance issue, create rule-of-thumb for standards, avoid assigning specific solutions for specific problems, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Mar 25, 2014

An Open Letter to CAD Software Companies, Pt 2: An Overwhelming Response - there is disconnect between what CAD users need and what software companies provide, some suggestions to vent frustration, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 12, 2014

New Candidate Screening Tools - tips to select prospective employee with best CAD skills, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 12, 2014

An Open Letter to CAD Software Companies - CAD managers choose software based on customer requirements, want to make better use of tools, learn to navigate updated interface, have compact software updates, easier software maintenance, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 26, 2014

Why CAD Standards are Important for Your Small Business - CAD features that need standardization in AEC, MCAD areas, learn about CAD standard localization, Shaun Bryant, Line Shape Space, Jan 25, 2014

What I was Surprised to Learn at SolidWorks World 2014 About CAD Data Management - file management tips for beginners, 3 general types of behavior: innocent bystander, getting-educated worrier, one who has it all figured out, Grant Thomas-Lepore, GrabCAD, Feb 17, 2014

To Manage CAD, Understand Project Deadlines - know end state of project, key pieces of information, insist on getting timeframes for each task, use completion backward principle, share timeline for project with management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 12, 2014

The Peer-to-Peer CAD Manager, Pt 2 - become choice for cross-departmental liaison, make resellers your resource, optimize image, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 22, 2014

The Peer-to-Peer CAD Manager - establish technical credibility, create user group to share tips, ideas, time-saving work methods, create CAD suggestion box, Mentor others, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 8, 2014

How Should I Handle CAD File Versions and Revisions? A 'Cosmo Quiz' Approach - pros, cons of manual revision control, partially/fully-automated revision control, Rob Stevens, GrabCAD, Jan 6, 2014

Become a CAD Ecosystem Expert - managing interconnected web of hardware, software, human elements, finding, fixing bottlenecks, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 20, 2013

CAD Management Forecast for 2014 - CAD software technology makes minimal changes, economic outlook improves slightly, more startup projects, proposals, head counts stay low, BIM reaches tipping point, hardware is dirt cheap, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 11, 2013

Don't Be Penny-Wise and Computer-Foolish - calculate power required for job, specify hardware that will provide required power to CAD managers, bring issue to IT personnel's attention, obtain budget approval, advocate roll-down program, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 23, 2013

A Quick Computer ROI Calculator - determine computer topology of company, power management matrix, input user cost metrics of workers to compute total cost profile including software/hardware deployment, energy savings, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 23, 2013

Stand Up for Job Satisfaction - in case of job frustration, change assignment, go into business for yourself, confront issue head-on, consider downside of confronting issue, address risks, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 9, 2013

CAD and IT: Not One in the Same, But Partners in Efficiency - only experienced CAD professional can make informed decisions regarding technology infrastructure of CAD department, technology resources, billability of users, Lisa Polonski, EnvisionCAD, Oct 3, 2013

Steer Your CAD Management Career - advertise your skills, problem-solving abilities to upper management, do self-assessment to determine success at current company, focus on continuous improvement, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 25, 2013

How to Throw a Fit and Prosper from It - redirect CAD management frustrations into well-planned presentation to get management's attention, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 14, 2013

Record Your Own CAD Training Videos - set up Camtasia recording software, learn about correct video resolution, audio settings, cursor options, speech recognition functionality, video output, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 14, 2013

Unifying Your Directory Structure - start with plan, communicate, educate, rationalize, enforce project directory structure in early stages of project, consolidate, archive various aspects of file system, Reuben Stone, AUGI Library, July 18, 2013

Through the Looking-Glass of Senior Management, Pt 2 - CAD-managed solution for achieving smooth design process, upheld company reputation, client satisfaction, Lisa Polonski, EnvisionCAD, July 12, 2013

Seven Pitfalls to Avoid as You Transition to 3D Modeling - don't believe sales pitch, don't move to 3D methods under peer pressure or hype, don't underestimate time required, don't forget hardware updates, don't train everybody at once, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 10, 2013

Vacation Planning for the CAD Manager - communicate well in advance, establish separation, set office hours, turn off phone, note interruptions, step away from laptop, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 10, 2013

Through the Looking-Glass of Senior Management, Pt 1 - CAD-managed solution for project delivery with least overhead, timely project completion, Lisa Polonski, EnvisionCAD, July 9, 2013

Meet Your Managers' Expectations - write shorter reports, update budget, review progress regularly, describe problem in business-focused terms, motivate, develop staff, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 26, 2013

How to Handle Employee-Provided Tools in the Workplace - create uniform policy addressing employee-owned devices, consider issues like network connectivity, storage, password, data protection, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 26, 2013

Tools to Simplify CAD Management - navigate to frequently accessed projects instantly, capture screenshots, video, use tools for benchmarking, VPN, sharing files, Cadalyst, Jun 12, 2013

Approach Disruptive Technologies with Caution - keep 64-bit Windows 7 on existing workstations, analyze risks involved in cloud file storage, emphasize on proper usage policy, keep plan in place before using cloud-based software configuration tools, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 22, 2013

Clean Machines More Quickly with System Mechanic - create Windows restore point, delete unnecessary programs, run system tools to delete temp, junk files, defrag hard drive, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 22, 2013

Conduct a CAD Management Audit - perform audit in areas like CAD software use, licensing, standards, training, support, budgeting to adjust strategies while reducing costs, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 8, 2013

Think More, Work Less - examine situation methodically, think about task requirements, revise approach, methods, keep backup to attain success as CAD manager, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 8, 2013

Don't Get Caught in the Tool Worship Trap, Pt 2 - investigate compatibility of software before starting pilot project based on its usability, training time, client requirements, expenses, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 24, 2013

Get Help with Your CAD Management To-Do List - purchase, license computer-based training materials, encourage users to join classes, acquire flexible PDF driver to solve technical issues, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 24, 2013

Don't Get Caught in the Tool Worship Trap - tools alone don't ensure success, plan how software technology implementation will help achieve specific business objective, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 10, 2013

Sharpen Up - adopt 80/20 rule, improve workflows through tech support, training, learn new software, plan for better hardware, software infrastructure, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 12, 2013

No-Budget CAD Management - get rid of junk folders, analyze errors, control active project directories, archives, amend standards, organize informal training sessions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 27, 2013

Add CNET.com to Your Library of CAD Management Resources - free, membership-optional site offers broad spectrum of technology news, reviews, industry happenings, necessary for CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 27, 2013

Standardize for Success - understand need to standardize drawing workflow, production procedure, BIM execution plan, consultant coordination manual, Brian Andresen, AUGI Library, Feb 21, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 11 - effective CAD leadership is critical for manufacturing success, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 21, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 10 - communicate design team's performance in business terms, track productivity internally, demonstrate product development contributions, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 19, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 9 - communicate effectively with business personnel, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 14, 2013

Improve CAD Production Quality by Annoying Your Users, Pt 3 - use 'andon cord' methodology, identify, explain problem to users, assign appropriate rework to responsible parties, document process, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 13, 2013

Take Time to Think Big - look at big picture to be able to think of developing techniques than can improve productivity, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 13, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 8 - manage product design data effectively, administer, control data access by others, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 12, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 7 - document, analyze group's productivity, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 7, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 6 - adopt advanced 3D CAD technology, leverage usage of proper CAD models, tools to boost productivity, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 5, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 5 - use appropriate CAD tools, applications to eliminate errors, focus on continuous quality improvement, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 31, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 4 - channelize interaction for collaborative workflow, use CAD tools to promote communication, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 29, 2013

Project Management 101: Tools for the Trade - manage CAD standards, take care of file naming, Brian Benton, AUGI Library, Jan 24, 2013

CAD Management: Business Writing Skills - practice writing at higher level, keep it understandable, get exposure to other business writing, know your own flaws, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Jan 24, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 3 - reduce costly errors by eliminating redundancy, duplication, capitalize on CAM, automation, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 24, 2013

Improve CAD Production Quality by Annoying Your Users, Pt 2 - communicate, listen to deal with annoyance transfer, report noncompliance, focus on financial aspects, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 22, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 2 - recruit skilled engineers, encourage creativity, provide CAD training, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 22, 2013

Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader, Pt 1 - embrace best practices, new technologies, formalize design workflows, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 17, 2013

Improve CAD Production Quality by Annoying Your Users, Pt 1 - transfer work trouble to perpetrator, catalog problems to identify cause, determine intervention points, contacts, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 9, 2013

Take Stock of Your IT Assets - consider taking inventory of computer/CAD resources including processor architecture, RAM, graphics cards, monitors, software licenses, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 9, 2013

Passing the Torch - maintain class size, formulate 3-step training methodology, use simple, helpful tools to ensure trained Navisworks team delivers maximum output, Jesse Ocon, AUGI Library, Jan 2, 2013

The Amazing Billable CAD Manager - update attitude, market concepts to higher management, examples of CAD management tasks, justifications, handle objections, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 29, 2012

CAD Management: Engaging in a CAD/BIM Technology Review - tech review should provide in-depth assessment of current technology, general review of current technology, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Dec 6, 2012

When Should You Replace Old Hardware and Software? - acknowledge objections, consider issues related to hardware safety net, peripheral problems, operating system failure, indirect IT problems, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 14, 2012

CAD Management: Circles of Least Confusion - to balance efforts to refine focus, consider 3 areas: visual acuity, viewing conditions, enlargement of image, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Nov 6, 2012

Identify the 'Quick Win' Opportunities in Your To-Do List - clean out server directories, fix up plotting standards, update standard blocks, shared content, families, project documents, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 24, 2012

Retaining Talent - maintain 2-way communication, keep right people, review employees, praise, reward promising employees, invest in trainings, Walt Sparling, AUGI Library, Oct 22, 2012

CAD Management: Oh Yeah? Same to You - handling comments, outright insult: keep emotions out of it, ask for clarification, clarify false statement, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Oct 4, 2012

Improve Your Job Security With Weekly CAD Management Reports - communicate via task log, objectives, outline efforts made for project to go out correctly, benefits of weekly report, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 26, 2012

Spreadsheet Template For Weekly CAD Manager Reports - Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 26, 2012

Stand Up for Old-Fashioned Communication - communicate directly through meetings, keep objectives clear, comments focused, plan for next meeting, follow up with revisions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 17, 2012

CAD Managers Resist Social Media Infiltration - readers show concern, provide feedback on incorporating access to social media tools in CAD apps, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 12, 2012

Does Social Media Belong in CAD Applications? - reality check for managers, users, views of senior management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 8, 2012

CAD Employee Hiring 101 - determine needs, create clear, accurate job description, promote position, screen candidates, Walt Sparling, AUGI Library, Aug 6, 2012

CAD Management: I Disagree - encourage complete discussions, keep it professional, define approval process, define objections, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Aug 2, 2012

Update Your CAD Management Plan - utilize summer slowdown, make list of typical activities, plan CAD management with money-saving methods, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 11, 2012

Use Peer Pressure to Enforce Standards - get drawings of user assessed by peers, help users develop pride in quality of work, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 11, 2012

CAD Management: Shock Your Boss - deal with generational shift wisely: traditionalists, boomers, generation X, millennials, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, July 5, 2012

Make Workplace Frustration Work for You - channel frustration to stay motivated at work, Isolate, communicate, personalize, standardize to maintain balance, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 27, 2012

The Blame Game - Trials of a New CAD Manager - know the challenges as a new CAD manager, Symptoms of this Trial, best ways to counter challenges, CADDManager Blog, June 19, 2012

Take a Balanced Approach to Managing Building Information Modeling - put BIM in context, bypass hype, understand BIM truly, BIM problems are not unique, balance is key, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 27, 2012

When Your Problem User is Management - understand senior management's perspective, frame CAD standards discussion based on cost, profitability metrics, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 13, 2012

Convincing the 'It'll Never Work' User - analyze, identify source of complain, respond accordingly, isolate problem user's lack of compliance, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 13, 2012

CAD Management: Seasonal Shifts - clean off server, desktop, check for spyware, malware, viruses, upgrade software, get training, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, June 7, 2012

Improve the ROI of CAD Tools - Aberdeen study identifies top design challenges that organizations can face by implementing CAD functionality, process change, Michelle Boucher, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2012

Build a CAD Proving Ground, Pt 2 - prepare infrastructure, assign test pilots, debrief pilots early and often, iterate, improve proving ground, advertise results to senior management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 23, 2012

What to do When the Problem User is the Owner - demonstrate wrong way first, showcase better way, let conversation evolve in financial direction, never use condescending tone, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 23, 2012

Trials of a New CAD Manager - facing authority challenge while stepping into role of new CAD manager, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, May 15, 2012

Build a CAD Proving Ground - traits of test pilot candidates, test new software on proving grounds before mass implementation, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 9, 2012

Enhance User Communication During Upgrades - organize lunchtime CAD resource meetings, give users opportunity to vent, gripe about CAD, suggest fixes to problems, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 9, 2012

Laying the Groundwork for Software Upgrades - assess needs, consider options available, give it trial run, consider hardware upgrade, plan for training, calculate ROI, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), May 7, 2012

CAD Management: CAD Border Patrol - fully define, refine border files, clean it up, test in other CAD packages, put into central location, lock it down Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, May 3, 2012

Mobile CAD, the Cloud, and Management Mayhem - users worried about CAD integrity, file management mayhem, security, understanding public cloud, private cloud, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 25, 2012

How to Handle Problem Users When You're Not Their Boss - keep it private, clearly define problem, explain cost of their actions, report to upper management, wait for fallout, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 25, 2012

CAD Management: Bootstrapping - plan out next task, set deadlines, don't ignore them, challenge yourself, get some reward rest, don't waste time, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Apr 5, 2012

New Software - Is It a Go? - basic checklist for evaluating new and/or updated software, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 28, 2012

A Mobile CAD Reality Check, Pt 2 - limitations of mobile CAD apps: small interface size, input difficulty, lack of OS support; strategies for CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 14, 2012

Prioritize Your CAD Crises - record problem, determine frequency, track cause, sort and report, draw conclusions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 14, 2012

CAD Management: Get It In Gear - list of extrinsic motivations: build teams, ask spot questions, give rewards, credits, interact with people, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Mar 8, 2012

CAD: Stand Up for Your Markups by Laying Down Some Rules - follow 4-color system, write comments legibly, implement markup procedures properly, Kung Fu Drafter, Mar 5, 2012

Why Did You Hire Me? - managers should make job duties clear to employees, convey game plan, tell employees about versatility, flexibility being expected as part of team, Curt Moreno, Cadalyst, Feb 21, 2012

A Mobile CAD Reality Check - defining mobile CAD, select tools depending upon users workflows, locations, travel habits, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 22, 2012

ReadyBoost Update for 64-Bit Windows 7 - ReadyBoost uses solid-state memory devices to act like RAM buffers to speed up hard disk access, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 22, 2012

How to Make a Bad CAD Decision - consider variables like usability, community of users, sales, support, account management people when selecting new CAD platform, Bill Martin-Otto, CAD/CAM Performance, Feb 9, 2012

CAD Management: It's All Complimentary - compliment people on their work, skills, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Feb 9, 2012

Choose the Right CAD Workstation Components - consider processing cores, RAM, storage disk, monitors, graphics processor, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 8, 2012

Build a Better Budget - draw up bare-bones item list, scale CAD budget up/down, plan for obsolescence, mention must-haves, present budget in easy-to-read spreadsheet format, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 8, 2012

CAD: Six Things to Keep You Busy When There's No Work - clean desk, organize reference library, work on block library, take care of software updates, back-ups, Kung Fu Drafter, Feb 2, 2012

CAD: 3 Quotes CAD Managers Can Learn From - focus on progress instead of perfection, help CAD professionals evolve, The Kung Fu Drafter, Jan 30, 2012

The Minimalist's Guide to CAD Software Upgrade Decisions - document evaluation process, calculate financial impact of implementation, find ROI, argue management depending on ROI calculations, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 25, 2012

Dust Off Those Standards - keep standards written to bare minimum, break document into topical sections, provide good index, use software screenshots, send it out for review, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 25, 2012

2012 Predictions for CAD Managers - technology trends to watch for: BIM demystification, cult of cloud hype, great hardware values, increasing CAD software upgrade momentum, fusion of IT, CAD departments, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 11, 2012

CAD Management: 10 Ways to Train (Without the Training Part) - provide flexible options, be flexible, keep communication team-focused, centralize resources, make use of social media, local user groups, Brian Andresen, AUGI Library, Jan 11, 2012

Clean Up Your Network Drives - alert users about cleanup, delete junk files, publish list of problems, repeat cleaning cycle few times, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 11, 2012

How Not to CAD - File Paths and Name Changes - always place file path in drawings, use field over plot stamp, don't change files name or move file, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Jan 5, 2012

CAD Management: Happy Old Year - looking back, reviewing old year can help learn lessons, make most out of new year, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Jan 5, 2012

File Naming Conventions are Really Data Management Rules - arranging particular file in proper place/time, naming files with saved location, differentiating data, drawing files in AutoCAD, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Jan 4, 2012

All About Licensing - stand-alone vs network licensing, golden rules to follow when managing group of users, Franklin Ryan, AUGI Library, Dec 23, 2011

CAD Manager's Survey 2011 - average total compensation up 8% from last year, job conditions moving in positive direction, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 14, 2011

Start Your Own Lunch-and-Learn Program - get management's approval, reserve training room equipped with laptop, projector, keep number of invitees to reasonable size, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 14, 2011

CAD Management: Is Your Workspace Killing Productivity - provide critical input on floor space of design taking care of needs of modern CAD and BIM workers, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Dec 7, 2011

The Art of Drafting - Putting Together a Set of Plans - typical order for building design process, general drawing set order for architectural discipline, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Oct 31, 2011

Re-Thinking CAD Standards: Why There's Never a Good Time, and Never a Better Time - link to free download of CAD standards, electronic file naming convention, project folder organization, Complexitys.com, Oct 21, 2011

Breaking Down Global CAD Trends - Germany tops position as 3D CAD user (59%), U.S. stands second (55%); aerospace, defense industry has highest 3D CAD adoption rate (50%), Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), Sep 28, 2011

What CAD Cloud? - 85% of CAD managers don't run CAD software in cloud; mostly use cloud to share data among multiple locations; considering cloud alternatives, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 8, 2011

CAD Management: What the Librarian Taught Me - positive habits include categorizing, researching, broadening exposure to information, increasing accessibility, knowledge sharing, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Nov 2011

Why Use CAD Standards? Pt 2 - importance of filing, naming standards, keeping clean folder structures, Katie Miller, AUGI Library, Nov 2011

Do We Need a CAD Manager? - CAD manager faces challenges while improving productivity, needs support in performing productivity-enhancing functions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 31, 2011

Your Own Private CAD Cloud - building low-cost, in-house network using remote desktop connection in Windows 7, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 26, 2011

Value-Driven Project Delivery - 6 keys to project success: assessment, alignment, achievability, accessibility, agility, accountability, AUGI Library, Oct 2011

How to Hire a Great BIM Manager - traits of successful BIM managers: well-rounded knowledge of construction, big-picture perspective, stakeholder empathy, excellent communicator, Heather Livingston, Cadalyst, Sep 27, 2011

CAD Standards: Strategies for Success - don't take all-at-once, doing-without-telling approaches, find fixable problems, automate, train to standard, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 23, 2011

Create Your Own Training Materials - advice for CAD managers for creating training materials, teaching users, Robert Green, AutoCAD Exchange, Sep 2011

From Order to CAD Chaos, Pt 2 - making management realize importance of CAD management standards, procedures, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 14, 2011

Learning 3D is No Cakewalk - and I Can Prove It - learning 3D is time taking process, requires examination of standards/procedures to produce prints from 3D system, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 14, 2011

CAD Standardization: Approaching an Obsolete Practice? - motivations like geometric accuracy, native modification through features loose relevance though cultural, training barriers remain, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Sep 1, 2011

Make Standards Simple for Users - Robert Green, AutoCAD Exchange, Aug 2011

From Order to CAD Chaos, Pt 1 - tips on recognizing file management problems, abandoned standards, getting things done, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 24, 2011

Management: Make Sure Time and Your Coworkers are on Your Side - respect other people's time, hone your CAD management skills to face emergency situations, Kung Fu Drafter, Aug 23, 2011

CAD Management on the Rocks Yet Again - warning signs of reducing work load, guidelines when assessing situation, strategies to become layoff-proof, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 10, 2011

Making the Most of 30-Day Software Trials - read about software, find tutorials, consider purchasing reference guide, online training course, start trial on weekend, keep quality hours to focus on software, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 10, 2011

CAD Standards Management - using drawing title block names standard, creating layer standards, CAD standard file, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Aug 2011

CAD Management: Giving Good Advice - don't give advice too soon, ask people to clarify what they are actually seeking, don't talk too long, ask questions, provide disclaimer, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Aug 2011

CAD Management: Managing More Than Just CAD - treat support staff with respect, be a peacemaker, facilitate staff to boost productivity, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, Aug 2011

A CAD Manager's Letter to IT - CAD manager asking for login privileges, 2-way communication, involvement with IT department while taking crucial decisions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 27, 2011

Set Up an Online Backup System for Your CAD Data, Pt 3 - The Enterprise Solution - Barracuda Backup Service offers hardware/service solution for local/off-site backup of CAD data, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, July 21, 2011

Set Up an Online Backup System for Your CAD Data, Pt 2 - The Freelancer and the Small Business Owner - free Dropbox is good option for freelancers; small business can opt for Carbonite service, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, July 20, 2011

Set Up an Online Backup System for Your CAD Data, Pt 1 - opt for off-site backup system to save data securely at location away from workstation, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, July 14, 2011

Have the BIM Truth Talk with Your Boss, Pt 4 - reader shares experiences of training, IT roadblocks, other challenges of implementing BIM, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 13, 2011

Seeking Good Advice - look for experts in field, keep focused list in mind, let conversation flow, ask for more, listen when others talk, Mark Kiker, AUGI, July 2011

Have the BIM Truth Talk with Your Boss, Pt 3 - dos, don'ts while choosing BIM test project, staff, identifying IT issues, support resources, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 22, 2011

A CAD Manager's Guide to Hardware Upgrades, Pt 2 - upgrades based on workload, reusing hardware based on functionality, standardizing process, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, June 21, 2011

Show Me the Money - quantify savings of problems, present data to management to gain support, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 20, 2011

A CAD Manager's Guide to Hardware Upgrades, Pt 1 - CAD Manager is responsible for finding suitable hardware, success of hardware, reallocation of old hardware, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, May 26, 2011

CAD Management: New Employee Orientation - provide introductory training in standard, projects, major areas of CAD, Mark Kiker, AUGI, June 2011

Have the BIM Truth Talk with Your Boss, Pt 2 - readers share experience of implementing BIM at their company, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 8, 2011

Three New eBooks in The CAD Revolution Series - meaning of CAD revolution for CAD manager, specialist, product engineer, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, June 6, 2011

BIM Manager Survey 2010 - Who Decides What to Buy? - 45% of respondents are part of team selecting software in organization, Mark Kiker, BIM Manager, May 22, 2011

Have the BIM Truth Talk with Your Boss - misconceptions about BIM, talking to management about basic BIM requirements, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 25, 2011

Sharing Information - share important content for users through investigating, explaining, conversing, updating, Mark Kiker, AUGI, May 2011

Keep Ahead of the Learning Curve, Pt 2 - justifying ROI, cost, priority of training to management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 11, 2011

Keep Ahead of the Learning Curve, Pt 1 - building learning plan for CAD manager, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 27, 2011

Just How 3D Are We? Pt 4 - selecting initial 3D project, implementation recommendations, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 13, 2011

CAD-Room Bullying - definition of bullying, types include: information bully, hardware hoarder, plotter squatter, standard slammer, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Feb 2011

Why People Bully (And What You Need To Do About It) - lack of management skills, personality clashes, authoritarian management styles are key contributors, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Mar 2011

Just How 3D Are We? Pt 3 - checklist to manage user expectations, management, IT department, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 23, 2011

Battling Management Burnout - decompress, make, prioritize task list, talk to senior management, get power users involved, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 23, 2011

The Mighty User Suggestion Box - encourage users to make suggestions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 9, 2011

Just How 3D are We? Pt 2 - readers comment on persistent use of 2D, 3D implementation, working in hybrid environment, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 9, 2011

Just How 3D are We? Pt 1 - adoption rate of 3D software is far lower than software companies would like, firms will use 2D when they can do so profitably, invest in 3D when business purposes justify it, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 23, 2011

Strategic Planning, Step 5 - get project in Revit, create standard location for detail library, break into distributable chunk in project management phase, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Feb 15, 2011

Download Profile: Establish CAD Standards Within SolidWorks Environment - PowerPoint presentation road mapping CAD procedures, covers writing techniques, work environment considerations, Matthew Lorono, Lorono's SolidWorks Resources, Feb 17, 2011

Strategic Planning, Step 5 - get project in Revit, create standard location for detail library, break into distributable chunk in project management phase, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Feb 15, 2011

Integrate PDM and PLM: Wrong Question? - several CAD systems create difficulties for PLM implementation, PLM to support people to run product development, exchange information, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, Feb 9, 2011

Strategic Planning, Business Alignment - CAD initiatives should link to business goals, IT strategy should connect to planning processes, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Feb 8, 2011

Disk Mirroring For Free - CAD manager’s tool box, RoboCopy is powerful way to move files between offices, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 9, 2011

Strategic Planning, Step Four - focus statements, get projects started in Revit, develop library of details, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Feb 7, 2011

Episode 15, Initiating Collaborative BIM Project - collaborative, model-based process, exercise in patience, outright efficiency, offsite manufacturing usage also tested, Bilal Succar, BIM Think Space, Feb 2, 2011

CAD Management Game, Changers - BIM, cloud based software, point clouds, accepting 2D files, civil CAD files, WAN-based work, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 26, 2011

Take 5 Steps to Protect Your ‘Legacy’ - evaluating data in Autodesk Vault, scan data for final time, include additional intelligence, Darren Hartenstine, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2011

Strategic Planning - Basics - concepts and ideas for planning, perfect planning method, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Blog, Jan 6, 2011

Best Practices for Developing CAD Budgets - CAD management plans components, keeping an account, format approving, Barb Schmitz, PTC, Jan 4, 2011

2010

Peer-Driven User Training - deputy trainers help training, provide fresh perspective, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 8, 2010

CAD Manager's Survey 2010, Pt 2 - examining survey results about compensation/job security/workloads, corporate spending/training, authority in workplace, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 27, 2010 (also see Pt 1)

CAD Manager's Survey 2010 - CAD managers working, employment arrangements, insurance benefits, demographics, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 13, 2010

What Needs Fixing - Program or Process? - CAD manager moves between adaptive and technical corrections every time, categorizing problem, applying fix, Mark Kiker, Autodesk User Group International, Sep 2010

Peer-to-Peer Training - weekly/monthly meeting, after-hours user group, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 22, 2010

Your New CAD Management Plan - organizing, faster/cheaper CAD infrastructure, long term planned budget, enhanced CAD standards, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 22, 2010

Are You Using CAD as a Crutch? - using all BIM tools now, sweeping off CAD platform, training staff on processes for dealing with CAD files, Mark Kiker, BIM Manager, Sep 20, 2010

CAD Management: Betwixt and Between - August 2010 - CAD managers unify processes of CAD, standard method of production, importance of positive dissatisfaction, Mark Kiker, Autodesk User Group International, Aug 2010

Cloud-Based CAD, Pt 4 - software speed, cloud applications, delivery via slow Internet, data-security, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 25, 2010 (also see Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3)

Issue in Focus: CAD Standardization Strategies - direct cost, customer requirements, internal/supply chain efficiency, implications for manufacturers, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Aug, 2010

Tech-Clarity Insight: Consolidating CAD - removing redundant CAD licenses, reducing cost of upgrading software tools, not having to provide training for redundant solution, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Aug 2010

25 Things Managers Should Know about FEA - design process, software programs, people making decisions, Derek Pashley, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2010

Cloud-Based CAD, Pt 3 - cloud technology has advantage if application is used occasionally, needs more power, or used for training, PDM or PLM, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 11, 2010

CAD Manager Job Description - production CAD support, enforcing CAD standards, insuring CAD vendor management, strategic planning, Mark Kiker, CADDManager, Aug 10, 2010

CAD Workaholics - dedicated, integrated, diffuse, intense CAD managers, Mark Kiker, CADDManager, Aug 9, 2010

PLM, Enterprise Social Software and Excel Litmus Test - using litmus test for potential problems, PLM in deep complexity recession, bringing modern web technologies to enterprise, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank, Aug 9, 2010

The CAD Manager at Work - Decisional Roles - entrepreneur, distribution handlings, resource allocation, negotiation, Mark Kiker, CADDManager, Aug 6, 2010

The CAD Manager at Work - Informational Roles - monitoring, disseminating information, spokesperson, Mark Kiker, CADDManager, Aug 5, 2010

The CAD Manager at Work - Interpersonal Roles - figurehead, leader, liaison, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Aug 4, 2010

Cloud-Based CAD, Pt 2 - CAD managers' views on cloud computing, 'partly cloudy' solution, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 28, 2010 (see also Pt 1)

Cloud-Based CAD Pt 1- defining cloud, SaaS, speed, bandwidth, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 14, 2010

20 CAD Management Tips - Pt 2 - using UNC paths for building assemblies, creating sub-assemblies, clear drawing standards, no using revision letters in models representing released data, Alex Ruiz, The SolidWorks Geek, July 5, 2010 (see also Pt 1)

CAD Management: Reading the Signals  - product readiness, training, financial impacts, Mark Kiker, Autodesk User Group International, June 2010

CAD Management as Overhead - billing CAD management duties, CAD standards training, expendable, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 23, 2010

Create a Searchable Solution History - documentation plans to solve problems, Cadalyst, June 23, 2010

CAD Content from ThomasNet - Thomas Register, using CAD drawing ink, downloadable fee CAD content, great resource for CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jun 9, 2010

Integrated Communication - Why BIM Doesn't Require Revit - using models to strengthen communication, BIM difficult without Civil 3D/Revit, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek, Jun 12, 2010

20 CAD Management Tips - Pt 1 - using PDM system, avoiding overwriting drawing dimensions, Alex Ruiz, The SolidWorks Geek, Jun 1, 2010

Your Weekly Report - documenting completed, upcoming tasks help management understand CAD manager challenges, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 14, 2010

CAD Management in a New Economy, Pt 1 - gauging change in companies during recession, Robert Green, My 26, 2010

CAD Management Best Practices exclusive - establishing budgeting realities for 2010, managing in tough economy, establishing technology leadership profile, getting most from AU, Robert Green, Autodesk University 2009

CAD Manager's Action Plan exclusive - assessing current points of pain, working with IT, users, management to get results, setting realistic goals, priorities, Robert Green, Autodesk University 2009

CAD Geeks Inside: Starting, Maintaining and Enabling a Company User Group exclusive - best practices, technology enablers to get most out of your CAD investments, Kevin Robinson, Autodesk University 2009

The Mechanics of Project Management: Successfully 'Herding Cats' exclusive - describing role of project manager, balancing project team's content needs with procedural, relationship needs, Mark Hechel, Autodesk University 2009

CAD Management versus CAD Leadership in Implementing Change and Boosting Productivity exclusive  - review styles of management, leadership, exploring change management, how to mitigate unnecessary issues, Andrew Hill, Autodesk University 2009

Mission Critical Management Skills exclusive  - identifying 1 & 3 critical management skills, get them working, avoiding five failures of managers, Tench Tilghman, Autodesk University 2009

Get Your Users to Help You - find, resolve inefficiencies, assist with ordinary maintenance, test new software, check custom standards, plan training, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 10, 2010

CAD ROI Worksheet - spreadsheet analysis tool for producing return on investment analysis for CAD management projects, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 10, 2010

CAD Management: 'Undelegation' Skills - when to consider taking back assignment, how to take it back, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Feb 2010 (may require free registration)

Cheat Sheets - creating cheat sheet to provide quick access to frequently used information, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 24, 2010

Win Over Your Users - examining user interaction, becoming user advocate, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 24, 2010

Make Your CAD Resolutions Stick, Pt 2 - preparing BIM strategy, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 10, 2010

CAD Management: Delegation Skills - select right person, delegate whole task to one person, clearly specify results expected, delegate responsibility, authority, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Jan 2010 (may require free registration)

Make Your CAD Resolutions Stick, Pt 1 - encourage your users to complain, correlate complaints, achieve critical mass, communicate to senior management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 27, 2010

Robert Green - Meeting Deadlines video or audio - working backwards from deadlines, prioritizing technical tasks helps meeting deadlines, YouTube, Jan 12, 2010

New Year, New Resolutions for CAD Managers - predictions, resolutions to help face economic, no-budget scenarios, slow BIM adoption, hardware implementation, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 13, 2010

Archiving Installation CDs and DVDs - digitally archiving backup files, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 13, 2010

2009

CAD Managers Seek Self-Improvement at Autodesk University 2009 - CAD managers are learning IT skills, new software, enhancing knowledge domain, trying to make their career recession proof, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 9, 2009

Survival Kit for CAD Machines - checklist to follow to avoid facing any computer disaster, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 9, 2009

Influenza - Una Parte - CAD managers must have ability to influence people, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Nov 2009 (may require free registration)

Survey: CAD Managers Reveal Effects of the Economy, Pt 2 - CAD managers are more production oriented, pressure to reduce overhead, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 28, 2009

Survey: CAD Managers Reveal Effects of the Economy, Pt 1 - 40% of CAD managers faced pay cut, 65% had layoffs recently, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 14, 2009

CAD Management: When to Say No - well-placed 'no' can make people aware about following CAD standards, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Sep 2009 (may require free registration)

How Can I Motivate Myself? - learn something interesting about CAD, work through backlog, investigate new software, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 23, 2009

Moving from Standard to QA Document, Pt 2 - checking CAD documents against QA checklist, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Aug 2009 (may require free registration)

Laptops and CAD - choice of laptop, workstation depends on needs of user, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 9, 2009

New Backup Strategies - online backup solution like Carbonite, Smartphone mini-backup increase accessibility, save money, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 12, 2009

CAD Management in a Continuing Recession, Pt 3 - CAD manager, blogger Robin Capper talks about recession in New Zealand, career advice, tips for cost savings, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 12, 2009

CAD for Clunkers - benefits of discount for software developers, end users, industry/project teams, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Aug 10, 2009

From CAD Standard to Quality Assurance Document - CAD standard, QA checklist for text, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Jul 2009 (may require free registration)

CAD Management in a Continuing Recession, Pt 2 - Lynn Allen, Nigel Davies give career advice to CAD managers, suggestions on expanding skills, cost savings, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jul 22, 2009

CAD Management in a Continuing Recession, Pt 1 - get back into production shape, be flexible, ready to switch gears, boost your IT knowledge, be innovative, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jul 7, 2009

Configuration Tips for Windows Vista 64 - running 64-bit OS on new, multiple-core machines with more RAM, good graphics card is worth, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jul 7, 2009

CAD Management: Planning for Progress - assessing team, talent, resources, budget for long-range planning, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Jun 2009 (may require free registration)

Should You Upgrade to Windows Vista 64? - not much peripheral driver problems, don't upgrade old computers to Vista 64, run Vista 64 for new CAD applications, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jun 24, 2009

Lay Down the Law on CAD Standards, Pt 3 - maintaining culture discipline, standards, training process to achieve positive results in down economy, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jun 24, 2009

Addressing Borders in Your CAD Standard - providing proper information, explanation for file management for smooth workflow following standards, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, June 24, 2009

Laying Down the Law for CAD Standards, Pt 2 - perform digital cleanup of office workstations, send violation reports, clean up libraries, details, archives, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jun 10, 2009

Establishing a Rewards Program - gift or cash rewards can motivate users, enhancing performance, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jun 10, 2009

CAD Standards - Discipline Codes - description of discipline designator, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Jun 2, 2009

CAD Standards - The CAD Folder - tips for managing CAD folder for easy access, communication, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Jun 3, 2009

CAD Standards - Folder Notes - different types of folders to keep CAD and other files, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Jun 4, 2009

In-House User Groups - users can help organize small training sessions within company, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 27, 2009

CAD Management: Starting at the Finish Line - define deliverables, work backwards, divide task into smaller parts, Mark Kiker, AUGI, May 2009 (may require free registration)

Lay Down the Law for CAD Standards, Pt 1 - tips for creating standards, working with management, communicating plans, setting first-strike items, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 26, 2009

CAD Standards Start at the Folder Level - use relative path for folder, create subfolders, setup options for phased work, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, May 25, 2009

CAD Manager's Journey into 3D, Pt 4 - readers respond to survey results for 3D adoption, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 13, 2009

CAD Standards - Start with a Target - start with National CAD Standard, client's standard, or company standard used earlier, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, May 7, 2009

The Challenges of CAD Management, Pt 3 - coping with technology change, documenting CAD standards, passing on knowledge,  Mark Kiker, AUGI, Apr 2009 (may require free registration)

CAD Manager's Journey into 3D, Pt 3 - survey reveals reasons for slow adoption of 3D, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 22, 2009

Creating a CAD Standards Review Team - Size - team with 7-12 persons can better review concerns, effects of CAD standards, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Apr 13, 2009

Creating a CAD Standards Review Team - Who to Pick - representatives from each location with individual voices should be chosen, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Apr 14, 2009

Getting New Employees Up To Speed - building program to effectively ramp up employees, creating effective training, using mentors, conveying importance of standards, Ryan Wunderlich, Autodesk University 2008

Efficient CAD Management Through Customization - utilizing programming in CAD background, customizing menus and commands, working with CAD components' properties, Matthew Hill, Autodesk University 2008

CAD Manager's Journey into 3D, Pt 2 - readers conflicting responses on adopting 3D, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 8, 2009

Spring Cleaning for Computers - delete BAK files, store backup files in a portable backup drive, compact Outlook data files, uninstall old programs, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 8, 2009

Inheriting a CAD Standards Review Team - issues of inherited team - hidden agendas, existing alliances, pecking order, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Apr 7, 2009

The Thankless Job of a CAD Manager - best practices for day-to-day CAD management, understanding importance of teamwork, learning to change your game, R Yoshi Honda, Autodesk University 2008

CAD Standards: How to Get Started - understanding layers, blocks (in DWG vs. tool palette), text styles, dimension styles, creating default template, Beth Powell, Autodesk University 2008

Common Sense AutoCAD - discussing standard settings, misapplied rules, common mistakes, undiscovered shortcuts, Mark Kiker, Autodesk University 2008

CAD Manager's Training, Standards, and Productivity Guide - identifying right training topics, getting your training plan and budget approved, tips for becoming better classroom instructor, Robert Green, Autodesk University 2008

Discussing CAD Standards - basic rules, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Apr 1, 2009

Creating and Maintaining a CAD Manual - determining proper method for creating standards and manual, creating user-friendly manual, deriving means for implementing and maintaining new standards, Gene Gladden, Autodesk University 2008

You, Recession-Proof - responsibilities of CAD manager , users to make organization more efficient during recession, Dennis Jeffrey, AUGI, Mar 2009 (may require free registration)

Introduction to VBScript for CAD Administrators - creating automated processes for updating custom CAD files, verifying system, hardware, user resources, uninstalling, installing software, even multiple packages with single click, Darren Young, Autodesk University 2008

Delivering Expert CAD Support - ways to keep up on all CAD news, tips, tricks without spending hours surfing web, when Autodesk support isn't supporting you, keep tabs on software bugs, finding, using best resources, Darren Young, Autodesk University 2008

Supporting CAD Systems and Users - computer hardware - good hardware system, utilizing network vs. standalone licenses, justifying training, backing up data, Tom Conti, Autodesk University 2008

Turning Caring About CAD into Curing CAD Troubles - make group of caring people and move them to work on CAD issues, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Mar 25, 2009

CAD Standards Development Progress Killers - elaborating on responsible factors, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Mar 25, 2009

Implementing CAD Governance - Part 2 - defining different teams necessary for enhancing CAD governance, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Mar 25, 2009

Preventative CAD Management - developing CAD standard, reviewing it regularly, creating technology plan, organizing server, all data, Mark Kiker, Autodesk University 2008

CAD Leadership 2008 - key concepts to create environment for positive technology use, CAD manager's personal and corporate assets, road to leadership, Mark Kiker, Autodesk University 2008

Implementation Tools and Techniques That No CAD Manager Can Live Without - streamlining complexities of CAD management when handling multiple releases of AutoCAD-based software used in multiple locations, Steve Bennett,  Autodesk University 2008

CAD Standards Development Progress Killers - lack of senior management support, CAD standards disagreement, company/departmental resistance, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Mar 25, 2009

Finding Those Who Care Aabout CAD - caring people are constant learners, work as team, have transparent agendas, provide input, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Mar 25, 2009

CAD Manager's Journey into 3D, Pt 1 - 2D is still common, 3D implementation is lagging due to users' unwillingness and high expenses, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 25, 2009 

When Should a CAD Standard be Created? - create as soon as possible, start on small scale, one topic at a time, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, March 24, 2009

CAD Manager's Notebook 2009, Part II - building CAD management strategy for success, tools model for CAD management technology, emphasizing results, hiring right people, Robert Green, Autodesk University 2008

Are Bad CAD Standards Worth Having? - bad layer list, outdated guidelines, undefined project folder structure make bad standards, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Mar 23, 2009 

CAD Management: Challenges - monotony, bad decisions, budget cuts are challenging, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Feb 2009 (may require free registration)

A CAD World Without Standards - users work for themselves, no communication, no automation, confusion prevails, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Mar 19, 2009

Selling the Value of CAD Management - making CAD decisions based on business metrics, benchmarking savings and costs, computing short and long term ROI values, tips for getting budget items approved fast, Robert Green, Autodesk University 2008

CAD Manager's Notebook 2009, Part I - salary data and industry trends affecting CAD managers, defining your job and getting authority to succeed, setting up standardized CAD environment, leveraging yourself using delegate/train/build methods, Robert Green, Autodesk University 2008

Data Drives Our Decisions: CAD Management from A to Z - best practices for day-to-day CAD management, understanding importance of CAD standards, R Yoshi Honda, Autodesk University 2008

The Five Best Practices for Implementing Document Management: Everything You Need to Know to Achieve Success and Avoid the Pitfalls - developing pre-implementation consultation, importing legacy data, network/Internet database and file storage locations, integrating data with other information systems, training, Todd Cummings, Autodesk University 2008

Developing CAD Standards - links to older posts, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, March 16, 2009

CAD Manager Survey Update, Pt 2 - adapting effective work culture gets company going during low business time, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 11, 2009

Survey Update Reveals Downturn - CAD manager survey results, conclusion, recommendation for firms, jobs for  uncertain, insecure economic conditions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 25, 2009

AutoCAD 2010 - Sneak Peek - online license transfer, action macro manager, CUI changes, file formats, the ribbon, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Feb 22, 2009

The CAD and BIM Users of the Future - Pt 1 - future users will be immersed in 3D Design products, more, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Feb 16, 2009

Redefine Priorities to Survive Tough Times - versatility, managing projects, deadlines, sharpening skills for CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 2, 2009

A CAD Manager's Mindset, Pt 3 - action, end results gain benefits, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Jan 2009 may require free registration

New Year Predictions for CAD Managers, Pt 1 - economic uncertainty, implementing new technologies, using existing systems productively, evaluate new tools, hardware and OS upgrades, using 64-bit version, cost saving ideas, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 14, 2009

A CAD Manager's Mindset, Pt 2 - understanding members, teamwork, creating teams, working effectively, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Dec 2008

2008

Manage Your Data Already - The 2nd Installment - Smart Part Number, power of data management systems, more, Chris MacCormack, SolidWorks Legion Blog, Dec 23, 2008

Manage Your Data Already - myths about proper data management, complete CAD standards, Chris MacCormack, SolidWorks Legion Blog, Dec 23, 2008

Successful IT and Software Adoption in an A/E Firm - implementing technologies that supports processes, workflows, helping employees do jobs, raising productivity, improving client service with training, Linda Letourneau, AECbytes, Dec 16, 2008

CAD Management: A CAD Manager's Mindset - positive approach for planning, thinking, discussions with staff, talking to management, developing better methods of working, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Nov 30, 2008 requires free registration

CAD Manager's Survey 2008 - survey shows increased incomes, slide away from full-time CAD management, toward part-time positions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 1, 2008

A Useless CAD Standard - Pt 4 - not reading CAD standard copy can make it functionally useless, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Nov 13, 2008

A Useless CAD Standard - Pt 3 - not updating standard can make it functionally useless, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Nov 12, 2008

A Useless CAD Standard - Pt 2 - failing to enforce standard will make it useless, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Nov 11, 2008

A Useless CAD Standard - Pt 1 - following unified process to overcoming divergent methods, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Nov 6, 2008

Do You Add Value? - Intuition - CAD managers must sense unspoken things using rational process for making better decisions, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Nov 6, 2008

Do You Add Value? - With Enthusiasm - generate positive influence, encourage members achieve targets making progress for firm, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog

Do You Add Value? - Through Determination - CAD managers should never give in on standards, leadership, upgrades, more, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog

Do You Add Value? - Providing Structure - CAD managers to follow CAD standards, selection, purchasing software procedures, upgrade plans, investigating troubles, training standards, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Oct 29, 2008

The Three Fs of Customer Service - find it, 'fess up, fix quickly, Steve Johnson, Blog Nauseam, Oct 29, 2008

Do You Add Value? - With Creative Thinking - CAD managers need to read, think, experiment, more, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Oct 28, 2008

Do You Add Value? - Your Expertise - expertise demonstrated by measurable, consistently superior performance, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Blog, Oct 27, 2008

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Tough Times for CAD Managers? -  optimize your value in organization to overcome layoff possibility during tough financial conditions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 22, 2008

CAD Management: CAD Upgrades - Push and Pull - difficult task to decide upgrading software, tips before considering to upgrade, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Sep 22, 2008

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Overcome Vista Vexation - dealing with Vista's overactive security settings and being productive, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 10, 2008

Synchronize CAD Files Over a Wide Area - selecting data-synchronization tools, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 1, 2008

Always a Newbie - CAD manager should be patient and helpful to newbies, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Sep 1, 2008

The Part-Time CAD Manager, Pt 2 - create and implement action plan, build support, set company goal, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 27, 2008

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Cool Utilities Continued - SnagIt can capture graphics, pull-down menus, specific windows on screen, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 27, 2008

First 'T' of CAD - Tools - consider cost, compatibility, industry standards, knowledge of users while selecting CAD tools, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Aug 25, 2008

Identifying CAD Project Killers - includes new users, new software, no planning, sharing projects between offices, changing project location, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Journal, Aug 2008

Making Change Happen - investigate, identify, and correct problems, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Aug 13, 2008

The Part-Time CAD Manager - tips to set priorities and manage job burnout while serving as part-time CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 13, 2008

Managing Multioffice Mayhem - listening to and supporting users in remote offices helps in effective CAD management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 1, 2008

What Do Your Designs Rely On? - tools like legacy data, testing and intuition help engineers test their designs, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 6, 2008

When to Upgrade - before starting major project, after training, or when client demands, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, Aug 5, 2008

The Noble CAD Manager - A Servant Leader - 10 characteristics of successful CAD manager, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek, July 30, 2008

Beefing Up Your Management Skills - think like management, balance spending and saving, analyze software and budget, Robert Green, Autodesk, July 17, 2008

Who is Responsible for Your Training? - short release cycle of software, difficult to hire skilled designers, options, responsibilities of employees, employer, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, July 9, 2008

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Keeping the CAD Server Clean - easy steps for proper management, delete MP3, nonstandard files, circulate list before deleting, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 8, 2008

Creating Training Videos, Part 3 - basics of in-house training program, get  bosses support, minimize work disruptions, find what confuses users, new features, planning, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 9, 2008

Thought Leadership - Why Your Firm Should Embrace It? - concept of being thought leaders, advantages, top talent, industry connectedness, vendor deals, presence in industry, happy employee, more, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, July 2, 2008

The CAD Manager: Born or Bred? - debate on CAD managers, management skills, planning, organizing, directing and monitoring, Nigel Davies, EAT your CAD, July 1, 2008 (requires free registration)

Be More Productive While Sharing Work - iCheck - know exact condition of assembly, saving valuable time upfront interrogating an assembly, INCAT CAD Geeks, June 26, 2008

Model-Centric CAD Design in Aerospace - cuts waste and sharpens competitive edge, cooperation and integration of various teams required, help to modernize design to build process pdf, Jennifer Herron, Action Engineering, June 2008

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Training with Standards - few tips that help enforcing standards while training, increasing productivity, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 25, 2008

Convincing Management to Upgrade - saving money and streamline workflows, CAD managers look for technology to overcome, various players, dealing with failure, making bulletproof pitch, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek, June 18, 2008

Becoming a Thought Leader - Through Conversations - conversations are always around, skills of joining existing and judging, steering toward positive outcome, CADDManager Blog, June 16, 2008

Construction and Web 2.0 - collaborative working, online social tools with construction, Paul Wilkinson, Extranet Evolution, June 6, 2008 

Critical Choice - choosing design software resellers, providing valuable, cost-effective consultancy service, latest technology, and return on investment, The Engineer, June 2, 2008

Making Standards Stick - things CAD managers must do to make CAD standards stick, making standards easy, deliver standards electronically,, June 1, 2008

Becoming a Thought Leader - leading industry takes years, areas of exposure include speaking, writing, industry volunteerism, conference attendance, and  web presence, Mark W Kiker, CADDManager Blog, June 5, 2008

ONE Enterprise: Breaking Down the Walls - bring engineering into the corporate document management strategy, SolidWorks Community, June 5, 2008

Creating Standards, Part 2: Organizing and Tuning - converting written standards into digital form, creating and deploying training videos, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 28, 2008

CAD Management: Your Toughest Users, Part 3 - super users run too fast, can be sneaky and short-sighted, may challenge you, Mark Kiker, AUGI, May 2008

How to Respect a CAD Manager (or Anyone else) - be courteous and polite, listen to CAD manager, don't judge them, focus on common goal, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, May 2008

Finding Productivity - upgrade if productivity improves, look for possibilities of updates, listen to users and act, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, May 2008

CAD Management: Your Toughest Users, Part 2 - early career users, newcomers from another firm and users of other software find it hard to follow CAD standards of company, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Apr 2008

Training Strategies - plan training, train contract staff, use self-assessment ratings system, more, Eat Your CAD, May 14, 2008 (may require free registrations)

Justifying Costs - tips for CAD managers to justify software upgrade, Eat Your CAD, May 14, 2008 (may require free registration

Creating Standards, Part 1 - tips to prepare CAD standards that serve as training document, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 14, 2008

Time Management - know business objectives, manage your energy, plan time, prioritize tasks, more, Eat Your CAD, May 14, 2008 (may require free registrations)

Supporting Business Strategy - job description of CAD manager, Eat Your CAD, May 14, 2008 (may require free registrations)

New Hire Orientation - Part 3 - encourage newcomers, talk to them often, warn them of office politics, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com, May 12, 2008

New Hire Orientation - Part 2 - get newcomer into training, introduce to best resources, encourage them to share their ideas, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com, May 8, 2008

New Hire Orientation - Part 1 - make newcomer comfortable: explain company CAD standards, talk about their CAD experience, more, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com, May 7, 2008

Good Practices (AKA CAD Theory) - stick to company's CAD standards, make changes early in design process, send drawings with all details, more, Jacob Abel, CADgasm.tk, May 2008

ROI For Engineers: Part 3 - hiring consultant and reseller/vendor assistance can help justifying ROI on project, John Marchant, MCAD Online, Apr 29, 2008

The Realist's Guide to 3D Implementation, Part 3 - plan training in advance, train motivated users first, keep standards updating, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 23, 2008

How to Get Hired - define targets, contact old friends, interview early, be team player, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Apr 2008

How to Keep Your Job - work above average, do more than expected, share your accomplishments, more, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Apr 2008

Getting Better - What Should You Learn? - CAD manager should be well connected to peer group, have deep knowledge of software and programming, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 1, 2008

The Realist's Guide to 3D Implementation, Part 2 - guidelines to control 3D implementation timelines, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 9, 2008

ROI For Engineers: Pt 2 - prepare detailed reports of all categories related to project proposals, John Marchant, MCAD Online, Mar 25, 2008

Survival Guide Chapter 08: 2. Getting the Resources - KPI - using Key Performance Indicator for measuring CAD performance improvements, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, Apr 1, 2008 (may require free registration)

The Realist's Guide to 3D Implementation, Part 1 - dealing with expectations of users from 3D implementation in organization, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 25, 2008

Conversation With a Customizer - tools for customizing AutoCAD, internet resources, planning work while customizing, more, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Mar 2008

Not Here to Make Enemies - CAD manager should be multidimensional and gentle but not repulsive, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 18, 2008

Users and Choosers - users and choosers should interact with each other before purchasing software tools, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Mar 2008

Every Project is Mine - CAD manager should take ownership of all projects, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Mar 2008

CAD Manager - Efficient and Effective - being effective in creating more efficiency in production process is most important, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Mar 2008

Not Here to Make Friends - job description of CAD manager, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 17, 2008

CAD Management: Your Toughest Users, Part 1 - identifying and tackling casual, stagnant and ambivalent users, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Mar 2008 (may require free registration)

Negotiating Skills - Little by Little - negotiation progresses slowly as people take time to think, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 12, 2008

Cool Software Utilities for Your Job - Web resources and useful utilities can help CAD manager perform his job better, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 1, 2008

Back to the Basics - CAD manager should know all basic and advanced tools, Scott MacKenzie, Cadalyst, Mar 5, 2008

Negotiating Skills - Talk to the Right Person - find real decision making person while negotiating, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 9, 2008

Negotiating Skills - Flinching - using visual aids can be helpful while negotiating, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 5, 2008

Negotiation Skills - Asking For More - ask for more than you are expecting to receive, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 3, 2008

Negotiating Skills - No, the First Step to Yes - tips for facing 'no' from upper management for your approval requests, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 4, 2008

ROI for Engineers: Pt 1 - convincing higher management for buying new CAD/CAM system by showing financial ROI, John Marchant, MCAD Online, Feb 25, 2008

Survival Guide Chapter 08: 1, Getting the Resources - ROI - justifying resources by cost comparison, ROI calculation, and considering other important factors, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, Feb 29, 2008 (may require free registrations)

BAD CAD Management Habits - Being Too Flexible - never violate principle, grant variance carefully, get agreement from many persons, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Feb 27, 2008

Secret to Training Engineers - trainings should be tailored to students' needs and relevant topics, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek Blog, Feb 26, 2008

CAD Management: Critical Success Factors, Part 3 - organization takes prioritized lists, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Feb 2008 (may require free registration)

BAD CAD Management Habits - All or Nothing - CAD manager should be flexible with employees to win their confidence, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Feb 13, 2008

An Open Letter to Your Boss - investing in CAD management can bring great benefits to organization, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 1, 2008

Newsletter News and More Survey Analysis - salary statistics in different categories, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 13, 2008

CAD Management Strategies, Part 2 - delegate tasks to others, try to meet deadlines, plan 3D implementation well, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 23, 2008

BAD CAD Manager Habits - Offering False Hope - CAD manager should talk about only possibilities that can be achieved and motivate users, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Jan 23, 2008

BAD CAD Management Habits - Allowing Others to Make Decisions - CAD manager should be decisive in spite of all odds, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Jan 21, 2008

Deal or No Deal? - Decision Making Tips - identify need of decision, plan for better decision making process, decide in reverse, more, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Jan 2008

Betting the Farm - What Are You Gambling With? - steps like upgrading software without enough testing and no check on CAD standards compliance can make for bad times, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Jan 2008

BAD CAD Management Habits - Attacking the Person Not the Problem - root cause of problem should be removed instead of complaining, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Jan 14, 2008

CAD Management: Critical Success Factors, Part 2 - CAD manager should analyze past and present to predict future, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Jan 2008 (may require free registration)

BAD CAD Manager Habits - Jumping to Conclusions - conclusions should be based on complete information to save time and efforts, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Jan 10, 2008

CAD Management Strategies, Part 1 - assess everything, save money, set feasible expectations, keep in touch with management, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 9, 2008

What's in Store for 2008? - CAD managers will have to manage software, hardware upgrades and budgeting under more pressure, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 1, 2008

2007

Use EDMSCHK to Automate CAD Standards Checking - running batch mode of engineering document management systems check, Robert Zipprich, Cadalyst, Nov 1, 2007

Critical Success Factors, Part 1 - every CAD manager should know about CAD software, industry, and limitations, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Dec 2007 (may require free registration)

Autodesk University Report From 1051 Feet - demographics of attendees in CAD management class, production pressure problems, economic forecast, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 12, 2007

Career Decision Point - Take Control of Your CAD Manager Career - decide what you want to do, plan your career, consider positive and negatives of career path, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Dec 2007

Career Decision Point - Plateau - continue thinking about your career progression even after being on plateau, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Dec 2007

Document Management: Is It Still Valid? - analyzing document management problems and factors to consider before buying, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 1, 2007

How To Be a CAD Manager in Ten Easy Steps - be confident, write blogs, attend only genuine support calls, save time, more, Charles A. Doppleganger, Eat Your CAD, Dec 1, 2007 (may require free registration)

AU 2007 - The Training Trinity - classroom learning program, user-support system, and CAD standard should work well with each other, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek Blog, Dec 1, 2007

Autodesk University 2007 - Pre Event - CAD manager's career is much more beyond CAD management, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Nov 26, 2007

CAD Standards - Not Set in Stone - suggestions on upgrading CAD standards, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Nov 19, 2007

Working From Your Strength - Leveraging the Positives in Your Management Style - Part 3 - being arbitrator, charismatic, and disciplined, Mark W Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Nov 2007

Why is it Hard to Change? - users must be aware of consequences of not adopting new CAD technologies, Mark W Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Nov 2007

CAD Standards - An Ideal - set CAD standard bar high to keep improving average quality, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Nov 15, 2007

Analyzing the CAD Manager's Survey, Part 2 - CAD managers are frustrated by insufficient time and CAD standards enforcement, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 14, 2007

CAD Standards - A Target to Hit - allow users some flexibility in following CAD standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Nov 14, 2007

Free Tools for the CAD Manager/User - PDF Creator, CutePDF Writer, Yugma for web conferencing, and more free tools, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek Blog, Nov 7, 2007

Analyzing the CAD Manager's Survey 2007 - AutoCAD is mostly used CAD package, technical expertise of CAD managers increasing, 3D adoption is still low, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 24, 2007

CAD Standards - Silence Equals Permission - users can violate CAD standard only if it is lacking important guidelines, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Oct 29, 2007

Starting a CAD Standard - facing challenges in setting and prioritizing CAD standards, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek Blog, Oct 28, 2007

Infected CAD Files - users with differing levels of expertise can mess up drawings, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Oct 21, 2007

Working From Your Strength - Leveraging the Positives in Your Management Style - Part 2 - being a trailblazing pioneer, planner, and coach, Mark W Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Oct 2007

The CAD Manager is Born - discipline trained draftsman turned CAD manager, Mark W Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Oct 21, 2007

CAD Management: It's All in the Approach - focusing on principles and concepts of standards, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, Oct 2007 (may require free registration)

CAD Manager Self-Improvement, Part 3 - schedule your training program such that it doesn't affect production, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 10, 2007

From Design Team to Team Design - innovation can come through invoking 'team design' elements in an organization, Uli Mahle of CoCreate, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2007

Programming Resources for CAD Managers - tips for learning programming appropriately, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 1, 2007

CAD Manager Self-Improvement, Part 2 - convincing senior management to finance CAD training, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 26, 2007

Note From Your Users: I Don't Get No Respect - tips to respect your users, Mark W Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Sep 2007

Working From Your Strength - Leveraging the Positives in Your Management Style - Part 1 - three strengths are: dependability, being organized, and being investigative, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Sep 2007

Finance Agreements, Part 2: Be in the Know - queries before making a final financing decision, Brent Broussard, AUGI, Sep 2007 (may require free registration)

CAD Management: The Benefits of IST - defining industry-specific training, its importance and needs, Brian C. Benton, AUGI, Sep 2007 (may require free registration)

CAD Manager Self-Improvement, Part 1 - tips to get yourself trained as CAD manager, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 12, 2007

Survival Guide Chapter 07: Making Decisions - make, justify and document decisions, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, Sep 5, 2007

Success is All About Keeping Up Standards - tips on avoiding organization mess while handling CAD projects, David Moyes, BD Online, Aug 24, 2007

Managing 2D and 3D in the Same Office - suggestions to manage hybrid 2D/3D environment, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 1, 2007

Finance Agreements, Part 1: Five Questions to Ask - queries about planning, total payment, financing arrangement, more, Brent Broussard, AUGI, Aug 2007 (may require free registration)

CAD Manager Survey Preview - survey topics include: compensation, geography and demographics, job parameters, CAD standards, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 22, 2007

Delusions of a CAD Manager: Things That You Think are True But are Not - delusions about CAD standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Aug 2007

What Kind of CAD Manager are You? - Part 3 - traits of risk taker, blamer and victim, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, Aug 2007

CAD Management: Old Time Drafting Basics - need of drafting skills in CAD and tips on teaching, Brian C. Benton, AUGI, Aug 2007 (requires free registration)

Common Sense CAD - Part 4 - some useful guidelines to follow when working in an AutoCAD drawing file, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Aug 8, 2007

CAD Standards, Part 5: Enforcement - CAD managers can make users follow standards, Robert Green, Cadalyst, August 8, 2007

When the Money Starts to Flow - make plans before spending money, Mark W Kiker, BLAUGI, August 8, 2007

When the Cash Flow has Slowed to a Trickle - make maximum use of underused feature, free training videos on Internet, Mark W Kiker, BLAUGI, August 6, 2007

Wide-Area CAD Management - problems and solutions while managing CAD over wide-area networks (WAN), Robert Green, Cadalyst, August 1, 2007

CAD Management: Back to Basics - identify knowledge level of the employees and train them accordingly, Brian C. Benton, AUGI, July 2007 (may require free registration)

CAD License & Venting--Standards! - a CAD drawing should be well organized to serve all the team members, Beth Powell, Beth's CAD Blog, July 31, 2007

CAD Standards, Part 4: Create a Library - create standards library and keep it on network accessible, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 25, 2007

What Kind of CAD Manager are You? - Part 2 - traits of a perfectionist, follower and the dreamer, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, 2007

An Interview with Robert Green, Author of 'Expert CAD Management" - traits of a good CAD manager, CAD management in SMEs, 2D to 3D transition issues, more, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, July 23, 2007

Common Sense CAD - Part 3 - setting dimensions to the scale accurately, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, July 23, 2007

Exploring CAFM: Managing FM, Part 3 - controlling CAD documentation and practicing CAD standards, Jose Rios, AUGI, July 2007 (may require free registration)

CAD Standards, Part 3: Crafting Your Standards - presenting CAD standards as audio/video and in documents that are easy to understand for users, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 11, 2007

Why Finance Software Acquisitions? Part 2 - benefits of financing, Brent Broussard, AUGI, July 2007 (requires free registration)

Making It Work with IT - working in collaboration with IT department eases the job for CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 1, 2007

Common Sense CAD - More - 'back check' your work on screen as well as on paper, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, July 11, 2007

Common Sense CAD - avoid over detailing the CAD models and use layers only when required, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, July 10, 2007

CAD Standards, Part 2: Process Focus - explain the need of CAD standards to users from their point of view, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 27, 2007

Elements & Tasks - using element templates and tasks in MicroStation V8 XM to define CAD standards to users, Jeanne Aarhus, Eat Your CAD, June 2007, pdf

Implementing CAD Standards Successfully - factors involved in CAD standards development plus examples showing the implementation, Jeanne Aarhus, Eat Your CAD, June 2007, pdf

What Kind of CAD Manager are You? - Part 1 - identifying negative traits (beggar, hoarder...) in a CAD manager and removing them, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, June 2007

CAD Standards, Part 1: Getting Started - addressing the needs of CAD standards, concerned issues and explaining it to higher management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 13, 2007

Getting a Raise While Protecting Your Job - calculating a CAD manager's ROI, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 1, 2007

Which CAD Tool is Right for You? Part 4 - do's and don'ts while selecting a software plus guidelines for adopting CAD, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 23, 2007

Eight Wishes of a CAD Manager - a CAD manager wishes to be in touch with users, management and vendors, asks for a flawless software, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, May 2007

Client Provided CAD Files - important points to consider before using CAD files provided by a client, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, May 21, 2007

Making Big Changes - using ROI metrics to convince management about cost-saving action plans, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 1, 2007

Which CAD Tool is Right for You, Part 3? - companies should keep on adopting new CAD tools even if failures in the past, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 9, 2007

Survival Guide Chapter 06: The Proactive/Reactive CAD Manager - tips to become proactive to resolve problems, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, April 30, 2007

Which CAD Tool is Right for You? - tips on choosing appropriate CAD software based on a company's processes, Robert Green, Cadalyst, April 11, 2007

Which CAD Tool is Right for You, Part 2? - estimating the cost and labor savings when selecting a CAD software, Robert Green, Cadalyst, April 25, 2007

Are We Done Yet? - Moving the Conversation Topics Away from CAD - 12 steps suggested by National CAD Standard to implement CAD, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, April 2007

Conversation on CAD - Managing Expectations - talk about your job function, software-related issues, quality of CAD files, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, April 2007

Your Workplace Action Plan Implemented - tackle resistance to change, inform users, implement easy ideas first, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, April 1, 2007

How Big is Your Circle of Tolerance? - tips to define and maintain tolerance limits, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, April 2007 (requires free registration)

Preventative CAD Management - review CAD standards regularly, take help of teams, create a technology plan, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 4, 2007

Planning for 3D Migration - Part Two - tips to make a better decision while migrating, Matt Murphy, Manufacturing Community, March 2007

The "Not So Picky" CAD Drafter - preventive measure should always be taken to remove bad CAD, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 3, 2007

If They Only Knew - due to other important concerns, higher management appoints CAD managers to deal with CAD issues, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 2, 2007

Survival Guide Chapter 05: Understanding the Process - Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, March 22, 2007

Who Not to Hire/Where Not to Work - tips for candidates and employers for best match, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, March 2007 (requires free registration)

Building Your Workplace Action Plan - sort your problems by time loss and then decide an action plan, Robert Green, Cadalyst, March 1, 2007

Ethereal CAD vs Chaotic CAD vs Despot CAD - despot CAD is most difficult to handle among all three cases, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, March 15, 2007

Software Implementation and Training Tips - make a checklist and prepare before upgrading software, Robert Green, Cadalyst, March 14, 2007

UK Survey Finds Increased Pressure on CAD Managers - shortage of CAD managers and expanded job profile is increasing the pressure, Randall S Newton, AECnews.com, March 12, 2007

Despot CAD - Oppressive Standards - users are working without knowing the 'what and why' of using the CAD standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, March 11, 2007

Ethereal CAD - All Principle and No Practical - users talk of CAD standards but no one takes initiative, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, March 8, 2007

Chaotic CAD - No Principles and No Standards - chaotic CAD can be good for individual users but causes mess in a shared environment, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, March 7, 2007

Reporting to Management - Why and How - adopt appropriate reporting techniques to draw support from management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, February 1, 2007

Principles - Pass Them On - keep passing CAD principles to those who join team later, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, February 28, 2007

CAD Standards Based on Principles - graphical representation achieves optimum balance between principles and rules, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, February 27, 2007

Hone Your Interviewing Skills - tips for the interviewer and the candidates for CAD manager positions, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, February 2007 (requires free registration)

Developing Standards - From Principle to Action - develop the principles to form the basis of standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, February 25, 2007

Influence is Needed to Get Things Done - learn to react according to the situation, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, February 2007

Influence Roadblocks - A Detour of Your Influencing Ability - be indifferent, disagreeable, egotistical, no discipline, fail to listen, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, February 2007

CAD Manager - Flexing You Power to Get Things Done - a CAD manager should use positional, project, knowledge, relationship or personal influence to get things done, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, February 2007

Software, Hardware and OS Turmoil - analyzing how Autodesk and Dassault offerings, quad-core machines and Vista can change the CAD industry, Robert Green, Cadalyst, February 14, 2007

A Warm Body - characteristics of a warm body in an organization, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, February 12, 2007

CAD Manager - The Best Candidate for Your Job - assess yourself for the worthiness of a CAD manager, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, February 5, 2007

CAD Manager - Brown Out! - CAD manager efficiency reduced if pushed in too many areas for too long, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, January 31, 2007

CAD Manager - Extreme Job? - six characteristics define tough job profile of CAD managers, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, January 30, 2007

What to Expect-and Do-in 2007 - trends in software and hardware, cost-effective CAD technology, OS update issues, advice, Robert Green, Cadalyst, January 1, 2007

Making Your Checklist Stick - communicate, take assistance, involve CAD users to achieve the goals, Robert Green, Cadalyst, January 24, 2007

CAD File Review Checklist - CADD Manager Journal, January 2007

New Year's Checklist for the CAD Manager - try new software, rework hardware budget, test Vista, examine growth of the company, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, January 10, 2007

CAD Standards and CAD Users - A Partnership - CAD standards should be a goal, not a path to reach the goals, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, January 9, 2007

CAD Standards - Almost Perfect - don't wait for perfect CAD standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, January 3, 2007

Beyond the Job Description - corporate CAD Manager oversees other CAD managers and is also involved in IT management issues, CADD Manager.com, January 2007

CAD Standards for the New Year - review the CAD standards, resolve the problems to keep it simple and then republish in a new format, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, January 2, 2007

What Does Your CAD Standard Say About You? - Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, January 1, 2007

2006

Mad at CAD - suggested solutions to issues faced by AutoCAD users, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, December 2006

The Ghost of AutoCAD Past - old tools need to be reviewed and changed with latest software releases, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, December 2006

Easy Migration Through CAD Standards - keep CAD standards information on the server accessible to all users to ease the upgrades, Beth's CAD Blog, December 18, 2006

Benchmarking Processes and Savings - using benchmarking techniques to justify cost-saving ideas on hardware, software, training, and more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, December 1, 2006

It's All in the Approach - guidelines to transform principles into practicality, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, December 6, 2006

AU 2006 - Day Three - work with an updated software release to reach destination CAD, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, November 30, 2006

Survival Guide Chapter 04: Developing a CAD Strategy - turning a strategy into a plan and then implementing it, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, November 24, 2006

CAD Manager Survey 2006 - average salary increase slightly to $54.4K, more authority to CAD managers for managing resources and budget, Robert Green, Cadalyst, November 1, 2006

CAD Housekeeping Tips - Part 2 - benefits of archiving and combining it up with cleaning process, Robert Green, Cadalyst, November 9, 2006

Who Needs CAD Standards? - standards needed for unified output, automated routine efforts, reducing stress levels, saving future projects, more, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, November 2006 (requires free registration)

CAD Housekeeping Tips - delete junk files, document problems, enforce standards, more, Robert Green, Cadalyst, October 25, 2006

CAD Management by Walking Around - inspecting the shop floor and interacting with CAD users give important feedback about management processes, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, October 25, 2006

Upgrades - Moving Too Fast or Too Slow - what to do if upgrades are not soon enough and if they are too soon, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, October 2006

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 8 - Managing the Team - evaluate yourself and your team and best utilize resources, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, October 18, 2006

Better - Not Perfect - software that is easy to implement and more productive is better than perfect software too complex for users to understand, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, October 14, 2006

Outsourcing: The Finale - tips to analyze the pros and cons of outsourcing and making a wise decision, Robert Green, Cadalyst, October 12, 2006

Missing in Action - finding out the best ways to improve production through experimentation, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, October 13, 2006

Online Approaches to Archiving - defining archives and archiving options, Robert Green, Cadalyst, October 1, 2006

Maximize Your ROI by Implementing Standards - build your standards starting with a DWT file containing all predefined elements, Pete Kelsey, The Dirt, October 10, 2006

Outsourcing, Part 4: Looking at the Bigger Picture - outsourcing may give cost benefit or negative impression to your business, Robert Green, Cadalyst, September 28, 2006

Moving Backwards and Forwards - tips to keep pace with slow and fast users in an organization, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, September 25, 2006

Outsourcing, Part 3 - performing a sample analysis to calculate ROI when considering outsourcing, Robert Green, Cadalyst, September 14, 2006

CAD Mgmt Toolbox: Two Essential Skills - learn to negotiate and facilitate, Scott Durkee, September 16, 2006

How CAD Managers See Their Future - the survey shows relatively stable growth pattern for the title and position of a CAD manager, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, September 2006 (requires free registration)

Managing the 2D/3D MultiCAD Office - manage 2D/3D software tools and develop multi-CAD standards for your organization, Robert Green, Cadalyst, September 1, 2006

CAD Standards - The Process is as Valuable as the Product - involving management and users while developing CAD standards arises a sense of ownership, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, September 2006

CAD Leadership - Part 9 - Traits of a CAD Leader - leaders are keen learners and serve their followers, CAD manager, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, September 2006

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 7 - Budgets - guidelines and an example to prepare a better and effective budget, Nigel Davies & Dave Moyes, Eat Your CAD, September 1, 2006

Boxes of CAD Standards - points to be considered when reviewing your CAD standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, August 31, 2006

Outsourcing, Part 2 - considering the faster/cheaper principle in outsourcing, Robert Green, Cadalyst, August 24, 2006

Mad at CAD - CAD still plagued by plotter problems, software failures, tools that need improvement and software upgrades that force hardware upgrades, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, August 2006 (requires free registration)

Data Management: Miracle or Mirage? - product data management solutions must get consensus from vendors, manufacturers and users before it gets into mainstream, MCAD Online, August 7, 2006

CAD Leadership - Part 8 - Traits of a CAD Leader - leaders should have the ability to inspire others and motivate people to follow, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, August 2006

Does CAD/CAM Technology Diminish Quality of Life and Quality in General? - CAD/CAM technology demands sufficient time initially to bring out its best, MCADCafe.com, August 15, 2006

Outsourcing, Part 1 - understanding all aspects of outsourcing and how it can affect a company's business, Robert Green, Cadalyst, August 10, 2006

When Should You Upgrade to 3D? - analyze the interface points, needs and cost of appropriate 3D software, high-end hardware, lost productivity time, Robert Green, Cadalyst, August 1, 2006

CAD Management Finances, Part 4 - quick return on cost-saving ideas brings advance technology concepts acceptable to senior management, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 27, 2006

CAD Manager Job Description - brief overview of a CAD manager's duties, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Blog, July 2006

CAD Manager - When Things Go Wrong, Who do You Think About First? - think about the clients first, then comes the company and users, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, July 2006

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 6 - R&D - guidelines for successful R&D for continuous progression of technology in the organization, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, July 21, 2006

Seven Deadly Sins of AutoCAD Users, Part 2 - standardize plotting methods, explode only for genuine reasons, save your work at regular intervals, keep OSNAPing all objects, more, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, July 2006 (requires free registration)

CAD Management Finances, Part 3 - analyze and make a cost estimate of your cost-saving ideas, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 13, 2006

Exchanging Files with Subs - CAD standards and guidelines for firms sharing files, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, July 13, 2006

Time Flies - organize things, prioritize works related to your job description, break big job into small pieces, keep analyzing yourself, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, July 11, 2006

CAD Management Finances, Part 2 - list, analyze and prioritize your cost-saving ideas, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 22, 2006

Migrate Expectations - migrate legacy CAD data in phases, prioritize the steps and justify ROI and other benefits, Stan Ochs of ITI TranscenData, MCAD Online, June 15, 2006

Training the Trainer: Corporate Training, Part 5 - implement training plan to power users first before others and follow-up after training, Matt Murphy, AUGI, June 2006 (may require free registration)

AutoCAD Training - Doing the Wrong Thing Better - give users a thorough understanding of concepts in a training program, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, June 22, 2006

Seven Deadly Sins of AutoCAD Users - not reading CAD-related information, not developing standards, not fixing bad CAD files, and not using upgraded software to its maximum potential create complexities in work flow, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, June 2006 (requires free registration)

Calculating Return on Effort - spending time on small updates can bring you good returns, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com, June 15, 2006

CAD Manager - Your Pain, Everyone's Gain - share the solution, prioritize the problems, keep track, and discuss with CAD users about their problems, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com, June 15, 2006

When to Give Up and Move On - sometimes ignoring unusual behavior of software works, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com, June 15, 2006

Deliver Your Own In-House Training - good training material, effective training sessions and follow up help a student learn, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 1, 2006

Layer Standard Concepts - general guidelines for creating layer standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com, June 9, 2006

CAD Management Finances, Part 1 - instead of explaining technical capabilities, CAD managers should justify equipment based on cost and ROI, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 8, 2006

CAD Management Trends, Part 2 - CAD managers manage 2D and 3D hybrid CAD environment but have little role in hardware budgeting, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 25, 2006

Hire the Good and Avoid the Bad - strategies to improve interviewing and hiring processes to get well qualified employees, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 1, 2006

Refreshing a Long Term CAD Manager - keep learning new technologies and brushing up your drafting skills, testing beta software, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, May 2006

Seven Ways to Solidify a New CAD Manager Position - listening, developing managerial skills, acting to achieve goals, removing non-productivity factors, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, May 2006

CAD Management Trends, Part 1 - straw polls reveal civil engineering is hot, AEC stable but manufacturing is precarious, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, May 11, 2006

Your Worst User - identifying worst users and ideas to work with them, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com, May 4, 2006

Your Best User - encourage best users to participate in project-related tasks, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com, May 3, 2006

Setting Policy - The Best User Verses the Worst User - create CAD standards based your worst user but base your training on the best user, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com, May 2, 2006

AutoCAD 2007 for CAD Managers, Part 3 - changes in system variables and their options, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, April 27, 2006

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 5 - Training - perform an analysis first to find out training needs, its contents and time required, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, April 24, 2006

Involuntary CAD Slaughter - CAD standards negligence and using CAD files from external sources to meet deadlines produces bad CAD, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, April 2006 (may require free registration)

Justifying CAD Expenditures with ROI Metrics - using return on investment with metrics, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, April 1, 2006

Corporate Training, Part 4 - effectiveness of corporate training should be measured before delivery, Matt Murphy, AUGI, April 2006 (may require free registration)

AutoCAD 2007 for CAD Managers, Part 2 - new 3D features, plus management considerations such as file format changes and hardware requirements, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, April 13, 2006

Traits of a Good CAD User - a good CAD user follows standards to create a good CAD file, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, April 2006

Disclaiming the Claim - disclaimers for the accuracy of CAD data, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, April 7, 2006

Leveraging Data - implementing engineering data management (EDM) system to achieve higher ROI, Jerry Waxler, Desktop Engineering, March 2006

Corporate Training, Part 3 - training users to improve personal or company/departmental productivity depends on time and money, Matt Murphy, AUGI, March 2006 (may require free registration)

AutoCAD 2007 for CAD Managers, Part 1 - after getting familiar with new features and hardware requirements, a CAD manager should prepare for training, budgeting and implementation of AutoCAD 2007, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, March 23, 2006

Forgotten Habits of AutoCAD Users, Part 3 - look into help files, purge and audit your files, save files in a timely manner, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, March 2006 (may require free registration)

Narrowing Your Job Focus - ten important areas for a CAD manager to focus to impact the organization fruitfully, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, March 2006

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 4 - Supporting Business Strategy - a company should set goals and CAD standards, provide training to employees, and follow a technology strategy, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, March 16, 2006

Battling Burnout - tips to assess your burnout level and then changing and implementing the solution ideas, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, March 1, 2006

Beyond the Job Description - a corporate CAD manager serves beyond the role of CAD manager, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, March 2006

CAD Manager Job Description - a brief list of duties of a CAD manager in an organization, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, March 2006

CAD Manager Productivity Hints, Part 3 - carry a old-fashioned spiral notebook to record ideas, form a power user club, share credit and keep your budget document handy, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, March 9, 2006

CAD Manager Productivity Hints, Part 2 - keep your CAD standards electronically and audit timely for standards adherence, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, February 23, 2006

Open Letter to Management - advising management to understand the potential of CAD managers and draw fully out of it, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, February 1, 2006

Training the Trainer: Corporate Training, Part 2 - analyzing the listening, reviewing, and observing process to implement process-based training successfully, Matt Murphy, AUGI, February 2006 (may require free registration)

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 3 - Layer Standards - knowing CAD layering standards in UK, USA, and Europe, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, February 17, 2006

Forgotten Habits of AutoCAD Users, Part 2 - a long list of available resources on the Web for CAD-related information, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, February 2006 (may require free registration)

As a CAD Manager Who does Some Customization Work Around the Office, Should I Learn Visual Basic? - yes, as Autodesk's new applications use Visual Basic, and are most other CAD vendors, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, February 9, 2006

Destination CAD - develop a "destination" CAD environment in your firm to attract CAD professionals, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, February 2006

CAD Manager Productivity Hints, Part 1 - some organizational and reporting tips to prioritize your CAD management needs, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, February 9, 2006

Training the Trainer - corporate trainer needs to keep management happy (not users) and shouldn't think they'll be able to get everyone up and running with the latest release, Matt Murphy, AUGI, January 2006 (may require free registration)

CAD Manager's Survey Results, Part 2 - frustrated CAD managers face more job production pressure than before, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, January 26, 2006

Questions Every CAD Manager Should be Able to Answer... on the Spot - a CAD manager will be asked about CAD standards, how to use software, about competitive software, etc., and should have answers ready, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, January 2006

Making Data Work - UK design teams use data management solutions to ensure design data accuracy, Colin Watson of Imass Design Solutions, MCAD Online, January 16, 2006

BAD CAD - 10 Steps to Regain Your Corrupted Data - recovering your file by purging, auditing, restoring from backup and more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, January 2006

CAD Standards - some important CAD standard outlines, a CAD Manager should follow, Beth Powell, Beth's CAD Blog, January 13, 2006

Forgotten Habits of AutoCAD Users - a reminder to read CAD-related information to keep up good CAD management, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, January 2006 (may require free registration)

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 3 - Drawing Standards - some golden drafting standard rules and default standard notes for a drawing in MicroStation, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, January 19, 2006

CAD Management in 2006 - CAD manager's job's complexities increase with time as new CAD software and hardware are unveiled in the new year, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, January 1, 2006

BAD CAD - Working with the Users - help CAD users by asking them questions about 'bad CAD' in their projects, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, January 2006

CAD Manager's Survey 2005 Results, Part 1 - CAD managers are increasingly responsible for a hybrid 2D/3D CAD system, and VB is gaining ground, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, January 12, 2006

CAD File Disclaimers - examples of disclaimers used when delivering CAD files to the client, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, December 2005 (may require free registration)

Backing Up Backups - benefits of having separate hard drive to store backup files, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 3, 2006

2005

Convince Management with Benchmarks - show benchmarking results to management to calculate yearly savings and more, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, December 1, 2005

BAD CAD Goes Beyond Just the Graphics in a File - some important points to take care to avoid bad CAD, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, December 2005

BAD CAD - What Needs Fixin'? - fix the files related to productivity first, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, December 2005

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills 2 - Systems Management - elaborating the role of CAD manager in systems management, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, December 19, 2005

BAD CAD - Troubles in the Machine - check location of your project files to find the cause of problems, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, December 2005

Autodesk University 2005 From Sea Level - as a technical facilitator, CAD manager's role in improving productivity and economic growth will be influencing the organizations in future, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, December 7, 2005

Network Infrastructure - importance of virus protection and proper data backup while working in a CAD network environment, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, November 17, 2005

BAD CAD  Beyond the Standards - some important issues to be taken care of beyond CAD standards, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, November 2005

CSI - CAD Standards Investigator - some sensitive situations where to play the role of CSI (or not), Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, November 2005

CAD Manager Survey 2005 - the average CAD manager makes $54K, is responsible for 36 CAD machines and cannot make final decisions on hiring and firing CAD operators, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, November 1, 2005

Migration Madness: Epilogue - after a migration is complete, some notes to help with the next one, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, November 2005 (may require free registration)

BAD CAD - Finding the Flaws in Files - six important steps to find out what went wrong with a CAD file, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, November 2005

Survival Guide Chapter 02: Defining the Role of a CAD Manager - skills and responsibilities are the criteria of performance for a CAD manager, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, October 1, 2005

BAD CAD - an Overview - characteristics of a bad CAD file and 5 areas to trouble shoot, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, November 2005

Survival Guide Chapter 03: Essential Skills I - Support - elaborating on support role of the CAD manager, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, November 14, 2005

CAD Manager's Q&A - some general rules to set up good CAD standards, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, November 9, 2005

Our CAD Man? - the value of CAD credentials in a resume, including RCADMan (registered CAD manager), Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, October 31, 2005

The Rules of CAD - Part 3 - some more rules for good CAD when hiring a CAD professional, Mark W. Kiker, BLAUGI, November 1, 2005

Low-Cost 2D CAD, Part 2 - author's stand on inadequate alternatives to AutoCAD generates heated feedback, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, October 26, 2005

The Rules of CAD - Part 2 - some more rules for good CAD led by training, fixing bad CAD, and not refusing users, Mark W. Kiker, BLAUGI, October 24, 2005

Outsourcing Options - outsourcing your designs tactfully can save you from pitfalls, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, October 1, 2005

Document Archiving Strategies - myths about archiving, making a good archiving plan and formats, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, October 1, 2005

Low-Cost 2D CAD: Could it Happen? - switching to a low-cost alternative to AutoCAD does not seem cost-effective, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, October 13, 2005

How to Boost Your Productivity - productivity comparisons between older and latest versions of AutoCAD, Mark Fritts, AUGI, October 2005 (may require free registration)

The Rules of CAD - good CAD boils down to 5 simple rules led by production, backup, and standards, Mark W. Kiker, BLAUGI, October 12, 2005

Migration Madness! - tips to ensure a smooth migration process, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, October 2005 (may require free registration)

Technical Performance Reviews - employee reviews can improve CAD knowledge and performance, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, September 1, 2005

RoHS Compliance in 2D and 3D Legacy Data Migrations - five tips to become RoHS-compliant in legacy CAD data migration, Stan Ochs of ITI TranscenData, CADdigest.com, September 2005

Migration Madness: When to Move - make a move to latest release with well-organized plan and effective execution, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, September 2005 (may require free registration)

CAD Manager's Survey 2005 - feedback from readers about upcoming survey, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, September 7, 2005

Building a CAD Support Team - different types of groups in an organization will strengthen the CAD support system, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com, September 2005

Building a CAD Support Team - Part 2 - keep CAD support system ready before it is needed, assign jobs according to the talent of a person, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com, September 2005

CAD Manager's Survey Preview - a list of items for upcoming survey for CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, August 1, 2005

Coping with the Coming Brain Drain - as many engineers face retirement, their companies strive to capture their experience with knowledge-based engineering software, Paul Dvorak, Machine Design, July 2005

Daydreams: a Piece of Nostalgia - a user wish list written 15 years ago shows how far CAD has come and still has to go, Bill Abramson, COE NewsNet, August 2005

Be Sure Your Company is Best Served by Its Software Contracts - an examination of software user licenses concludes that you really only rent software, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, August 9, 2005

Training the Trainer - developing and implementing a good formal mentoring program is directly beneficial to organizations, Michelle Rasmussen, AUGI, August 2005 (may require free registration)

Basics of Budgeting - learn some basics to increase your budgeting knowledge and plan a better budget, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, August 1, 2005

Are Bad Standards Worth Having? - a list of few things which make for a Bad Standard and problems that may arise from using it, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com, August 2005

What are CAD Standards? - list of topics that should be covered by every CAD standard, CADDManager.com, August 2005

Migration Madness, Part 4 - using a small group of the best users to lead a migration to the latest release, and other advice, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, August 2005 (may require free registration)

The CAD Managers Bag of Tricks - items that help a CAD manager include backup files, a tech support contract, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, August 2005

Every CAD Manager Wears Multiple Hats - a CAD manager's different hats will create resemblances to cartoon characters, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, August 2005

Software License Lingo - unlike the old days when you simply bought and owned software, today's restrictive licensing agreements (Autodesk in particular) raise CAD management issues, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, July 1, 2005

Migration Madness, Part 3 - there are areas that need to be thought through before migrating to a new release, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, July 2005 (may require free registration)

Connecting the Pieces - to increase productivity companies must treat employees as individuals and talk about constructive changes that can be brought about in the organization backed by systems reasoning, Joel Orr, Machine Design, June 2005

Training the Trainer - to be a good trainer constant honing of skills along with constant reviews of the their instructional style is essential, Matt Murphy, AUGI, June 21, 2005 (may require free registration)

The Upgrade Dilemma - focusing on the metrics of cost and benefit to calculate a good ROI for your management, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, June 1, 2005

Certification, Part Deux - how certification tests should be organized - should AUGI do it or should it be done independently ; this article looks at all the possibilities, David Harrington, AUGI World, June 20, 2005, pp 4 -5 pdf (high resolution pdf version)

Getting the Most Out of Your Software Investment - it is not easy to get rid of the old and implement the new but a few precautions like familiarity with the new features, insisting on real world examples and exercises for the training and periodic evaluation should make the task easier, Matt Murphy, AUGI World, June 20, 2005, pp 6-7 pdf (high resolution pdf version)

Does Good CAD Really Matter? - Part 2 - some corporate reasons why you should take pride in your work, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Blog, June 15, 2005

Migration Madness - Part 2 - migration issues for small and large firms, new software takes thought, planning, and execution to succeed, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, June 2005 (may require free registration)

Advice for New Users - getting used to Autodesk software is easy just make sure to focus on the main tools and to ask questions even if they are dumb, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com, June 13, 2005

Migration Madness - although upgrading software is a headache, CAD managers have to undertake it from time to time keeping in mind issues like training, the purse strings and blending what the CAD users want with what the management is willing to provide, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, May 2005 (may require free registration)

Does Good CAD Really Matter? - reasons why it does include pride in one's work, being a craftsman, liking your job, more, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Blog, June 9, 2005

Pulling in the Plotting Purse Strings - plotting is one area where CAD managers can do quite a bit of cost cutting and time saving, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com, May 22, 2005

Drawing Security - CAD managers protect your company's data and build up a iron cast security system within your allotted budget, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, May 1, 2005

Show Report: COFES 2005, Part 2- though PLM and BIM are concepts that are yet to find universal acceptance in the CAD industry, CAD managers should prepare themselves for a change that is imminent, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, May 12, 2005

CAD Manager Position and Duties - a summary of duties that a CAD manager performs or is expected to perform on a day to day basis, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Blog, April 28, 2005

Editor's Window - when insecurity and frustration dogs the CAD manager they must remember the initial passion that drew them to the profession, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst Management, April 1, 2005

Managing Multiple CAD Systems - nowadays CAD managers have to deal with multiple software programs as well as the associated user training and data management problems, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, April 1, 2005

Carry on Doctor - CAD training will take center stage in 2005 as more and more companies realize that upgrades alone cannot ensure competitive edge, Caduser, April 15, 2005

Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights in Design R&D - an IP policy can help CAD managers to understand how to spend on R&D on a limited CAD budget, Abhinav Rai, Inventor Connections, April 11, 2005 (may require free registration)

A Construction Odyssey - modern techniques have to be built on practical foundations of everyday efficiencies, Nigel Davies, CATIA COMMUNITY, April 11, 2005

Implementing New Methods in Old-School Technology - even faced with resistance to change, you can still get your point across if you lead with honey, Diane Landers, Desktop Engineering, April 1, 2005

How To Avoid the Pitfalls of Perceived Productivity - upgrading AutoCAD software is not enough unless you upgrade the way you work too, Matt Murphy, AUGIWorld, March 31, 2005, pp. 6, 7, high res (PDF)

A Behind the Scenes Look at the CAD World - a quick look at trends and tidbits from the world of CAD, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst Management, March 1, 2005

CAD Leadership - Part 6 - A Leader's Corporate Assets - to be a successful leader you must enhance your organizational and research skills, CAD Manager, CADDManager.com, March 31, 2005 (PDF)

The CAD Manager - find out whether you are yet the top dog of the CAD world, David Harrington, AUGIWorld, March 31, 2005, pp. 4,5 high res version (PDF)

Uncertainties of the CAD Manager, Part 3: Addressing Concerns from the Field - like it or not many companies are outsourcing lower level designing works to other companies or countries, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, March 24, 2005

The End of CAD - the goal of CAD lies ultimately in the creation of simulation models, Joel Orr, Joel Orr's World, March 29, 2005

CAD Manager: CAD Management 2005 - increase efficiency of production by using more software automation and outsourcing to other firms, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, January 1, 2005

CAD Manager: Get Approved - to ensure a better reception, CAD managers must include a good ROI analysis, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, February 1, 2005

CAD Manager- Effective Training Programs - for an effective training program on a limited budget, the CAD manager must sell the concept well, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, March 1, 2005

Who is a CAD Admin & What Do They Do? - engineers and drafters, full timers and part timers; CAD administration is all about different professionals working in a common setting, Edwin Muirhead, Cadmin, March 17, 2005

CAD Manager's Newsletter - topics about productivity and job obsolescence are emotional areas but CAD managers will be better off by taking the bull by the horn and discuss their uncertainties in a public forum, Robert Green, Cadalyst, March 10, 2005

Uncertainties of the CAD Manager - addresses economic uncertainty and the changing face of CAD management, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #123, February 24, 2005

CAD Management Action Plan, Part 2 - more advice on instilling a fresh, proactive approach to CAD management for the new year, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #122, February 10, 2005

Overcoming Barriers to CAD Standardization - an analysis of the costly losses in efficiency due to diversity in CAD standards and an introduction to a free standard of best practices for AutoCAD management to overcome the problems, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, February 7, 2005

Pareto Analysis - offers a technique to solve CAD management problems, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, February 2005

ETransmit - Part Three - more AutoCAD tips on using the built-in command to share files, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, February 2005

Drafting Standards - unless you're going to get a substantial monetary benefit from the existence of industry standards, you won’t be one of the people who value standards, Arnold Rowntree, CADtrainer.biz, February 5, 2005

CAD Management Action Plan, Part 1 - a plan of action for CAD managers to attain a successful 2005, Robert Green, CAD Manager's Newsletter #121, January 27, 2005

2005 Refocus - some useful New Year's resolutions for CAD managers, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Newsletter, January 2005

eTransmit - Part Two - AutoCAD tips on using the built-in command to share files, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Newsletter, January 2005

New Year's Resolutions 2005 - provides a plan of action for CAD managers to develop a more productive staff, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #120, January 13, 2005

2004

eTransmit - tips on using AutoCAD's built-in command to share files without frustration, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Newsletter, December 2004

CAD Technology Is Not Turnkey - CAD Managers Are Needed! - with the technology ever advancing and the training a never-ending task, a CAD manager's work is never done, Mark W. Kiker, CADDManager.com Newsletter, December 2004

Autodesk University from 33,000 Feet - a look at what CAD managers were doing and saying at the recent gathering, Robert Green, CAD Manager's Newsletter #119, December 9, 2004

Managing Performance in your CAD Department (Part II) - tips on developing unit rates for estimating the work for future projects, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, November 23, 2004

CAD Document Management, Part VI - includes product summaries of Adept by Synergis Technologies, Buzzsaw by Autodesk and SmarTeam by SMARTEAM Corp., Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #118, November 11, 2004

Managing a CAD Outsourcing Project - outlines necessary tasks to outsource CAD projects, Lakshman Balaraman, CAD Outsourcing Newsletter, November 6, 2004

Controlling CAD Files, Part IV - explores the kinds of EDM (electronic document management) technology that exist and which variables to consider when shopping for a system, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #116, October 14, 2004

Protect Yourself from Joe Unknown - tips to keep users from breaking your application, Mike Tuersley, Cadalyst, October 15, 2004

CAD Manager: Primer on Project Archives - tips on archiving projects to make quick work of retrieving old data, Robert Green, Cadalyst, October 2004

Managing Performance in Your CAD Department (Part I) - offers management techniques to help you monitor the performance of your design firm, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, October 5, 2004

Document Management (EDM) Series, Part III - further exploration of what you should expect from an EDM (electronic document management) system and how to evaluate software products, Robert Green, CAD Manager's Newsletter # 115, September 23, 2004

CAD Manager: Prepare for Performance Evaluations - advice on how to prepare to evaluate CAD workers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, September 15, 2004

Windows XP SP2: Just Say No (For Now) - offers reasons why CAD users should refrain from installing the Windows patch, John Boline, Hagerman Technology Bulletin, September 2004

Using MindManager Multi-map Search As an Index - tips on using MindManager for CAD standards, Robin Capper, RobiNZ Blog, September 16, 2004

CAD Document Management, Part II - defines the objectives and expectations for an EDM (electronic document management) system from management and end-user perspectives, Robert Green, CAD Manager's Newsletter #114, September 9, 2004

CAD Document Management, Part I - explores why document management is vital to a company's success, and identifies the objectives of a good management program, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #113, August 26, 2004

Controlling CAD Files - The Finale - how to prepare for a more formal file/document management environment, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #111, July 22, 2004

Seeking Input to Develop the Optimal CAD Manager Survey - solicits opinions for an upcoming survey of CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #112, August 12, 2004

CAD Manager: Budgeting Basics - advice on determining your CAD budgeting needs for the coming year, Robert Green, Cadalyst, August 16, 2004

Controlling CAD Files - Part 4 - explores the means of taking control of your CAD filing environment, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #110, July 8, 2004

The Software Trap - it's important to understand your company's design software needs and to keep abreast of the latest technology trends, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 1, 2004

Controlling CAD Files - Part 2 - tips on gaining control of your filing environment and how to enlist users and management to help you, Robert Green, CAD Manager's Newsletter #108, June 10, 2004

Controlling CAD Files - Part 1 - common mistakes to avoid for CAD managers, Robert Green, CAD Manager's Newsletter #107, May 27, 2004

CAD Financials - Part 2 - discusses the CAD industry's financial outlook and some of the market factors that may affect the industry in the near future, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #106, May 13, 2004

Training Tips and Strategies - advice on building a CAD training program, Robert Green, Cadalyst, April 1, 2004

Search Prototype Gets the Picture - search engines may soon be able to search a database and retrieve images that match CAD drawings, enabling manufacturers, for example, to keep track of the plethora of components they have designed or bought, Michael Kanellos and Stefanie Olsen, CNET News.com, March 31, 2004

Working with a User Database - explains the benefits for CAD managers of employing a user database to organize upgrades, Ed Muirhead, CADmin.co.uk, March 29, 2004

Trends to Watch For - trends and practices that will impact CAD managers include sharing files in CAD-neutral formats, improved electronic tracking of transmittals and version control and budgetary constraints on implementation and training. Robert Green, CAD Manager's Newsletter #101, February 26, 2004

CAD Manager's Newsletter #100: Mea Culpa - readers disagree that the future of CAD management looks rosy, Robert Green, February 12, 2004

How Effective CAD Standards Deliver Profits - implementing CAD standards can increase your revenues, decrease expenses, provide higher returns and create working capital, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, February 2, 2004

Good News for the New Year - the technology market appears to be on the rebound, which is good news for CAD managers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, CAD Manager's Newsletter #99, January 22, 2004

CAD Management Forecast - examines 2003 CAD manager survey results to chart a management course for 2004, Robert Green, Cadalyst, January 1, 2004

Tips on Managing AutoCAD Using S-MAN Tools - tips on achieving consistency and predictability in adapting the processes employed by your staff with the new capabilities of CAD software, Barrie Mathews, Softco Engineering Systems December 8, 2003

Quantifying the Value of New Software - advice on how to measure whether or not new software will bring benefits to your business, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, November 21, 2003

Appraising CAD Standards Drawing Conversion Solutions - explores the most effective ways to manage translations and automated conversions of AutoCAD drawings, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, November 19, 2003

Saving Your Assets - storage issues for CAD data become increasingly significant as data maintains its value longer, Michael Dakan, Cadalyst, November 2003

Women On Top - a female CAD manager explores the reasons why there are so few women sharing her leadership position in the industry, Nigel Davies and Karen Fugle, bentleyuser.org, November 6, 2003

The Man Who Would Be King of EDM - Cyco's CEO Eric Bouwer discusses his company's plans for expanding its market share, which include a new product called a BOM Module to manage the bill of materials, Roopinder Tara, CADdigest.com, October 20, 2003

Beef Up Your Budgeting Skills - examines the importance of budgeting and return on investment (ROI) modeling to prioritize your CAD investments, Robert Green, Autodesk.com, September 22, 2003

CAD Management’s Future: Document Management and Distribution - Part 2 - explores ways to gain control over document distribution process using nothing but the tools you already have available, Robert Green, Autodesk.com, September 22, 2003

S-MAN Standards Management Prepares You for the Next Boom Time - advice on how to better manage CAD standards, Barrie Mathews, Softco Engineering Systems Inc., April 1, 2003

Beefing Up Your Management Skills - advice for CAD managers on beefing up managerial (as opposed to technological) skills to help deal with profitability and cost-control issues, Robert Green, Autodesk.com March 4, 2003

Managed Chaos Part II: The Solution Evolution - each new software release seems to declare itself the ultimate "solution" - but these continuous updates are a challenge to CAD managers trying to maintain a steady course of technological evolution, Nigel Davies, bentleyuser.org, March 19, 2003

Cleaning the CAD House - Part II - more tips on devising a clean-up strategy, including ways to get management on your side, Robert Green, CADENCE CAD Manager's Newsletter #79 (February 5, 2003)

Getting Management to Invest in CAD Standards and Automation - tips on how to make the people who control your purse strings understand the need for CAD standards, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, January 22, 2003

Gaining the Cooperation of Your Staff - practical advice for CAD managers on how to win the cooperation of staff and make real progress toward goals, Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, January 14, 2003

Leadership Skills for CAD Managers - Part 2 - an in-depth look at various management styles and their effects, with advice on when to use a particular approach and why (part 2 of 2), Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, January 8, 2003

Leadership Skills for CAD Managers - Part 1 - advice on how to become a successful CAD manager (part 1 of 2), Barrie Mathews, CADdigest.com, December 19, 2002

CAD Manager's Handbook - technical tips and tricks for running software, managerial strategy hints, and ideas for documentation and user training and for implementing and enforcing CAD standards, Robert Green, Autodesk University presentation, December 5, 2002

Innovation Survey Follow Up - offers an analysis of the recent CAD Innovation Survey and also responses to reader feedback, Robert Green, CADENCE CAD Manager's Newsletter #75, December 12, 2002

CAD Standards: III of IV - advice on how to to define and implement a CAD standard within your company, Joe Croser, CADserver, November 2002

CAD Standards: Part II - explores ways to ensure that all relevant design information is present in your CAD drawing and in a legible and suitable format, Joe Croser, CADserver, October 23, 2002

Tips and Tricks for CAD Managers - tips to improve managerial skills, Robert Green, Autodesk.com, September 2002

Don't Do It All - Delegate - CAD managers must learn to delegate tasks effectively, Mark Middlebrook, Cadalyst, August 2002

The Ten Step Training Challenge - lessons learned at Rand, Joe Oswald, C3, May 2002

CAD Manager Guidebook Chapter 1 - how much should CAD managers make? why CAD management should disappear, more, Ralph Grabowski, AEC Vision, April 2002, 25 page pdf file

Automating CAD Standards - customizing AutoCAD can help maintain standards, Bill Fane, Autodesk University, Nov 2001 (pdf)

CAD Standards in Action - use of AutoCAD 2002 CAD standards tools, Robert Green, Autodesk University, Nov 2001 (pdf)

All About CAD Management - a series of articles on a variety of topics, including installing a CAD system, training strategies and other managing solutions. From John Stark Associates.

Understanding CAD Standards - Dale Batko, CADinfo.NET

 

 
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