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*Kevin Anderson
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the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

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02-16-2006 07:32 AM
With all the recent great insightful discussions of Cad testing, Management
worth, Document management, etc... What do you think are the most important
traits / objectives of a good Cad manager? And how would you rank those
items in terms of order?
Like:
1. Knowledge of the particular Cad Program itself, (ADT, etc.)
2. Networking / Server knowledge
3. People skills for training, etc...
TIA,
--
Kevin Anderson
www.KAddAssociates.com
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David-cardew
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Registered: ‎10-31-2005
Message 2 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 07:39 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
No 3 as you can learn, delegate or employ people to do the other 2

David Cardew
*hector
Message 3 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 08:00 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
1. Managerial skills (kind of obvious as you are the CAD MANAGER)
2. Leadership skills (be able to be here on time, leave late, initiate - not
react, etc.)
3. Knowledge of the program (s) (the only way you can troubleshoot is if you
know what the problem is and how to fix it)
4. People Skills (neccessary to get approvals, convince employees about
changes, etc.)
5. Research Skills (how else could you find the solution to that nagging
problem?)
6. Development and Coding Skills (the least neccessary in my opinion, as
everything can be either found, bought, or modified from existing solutions)
*cad user
Message 4 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 08:21 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
#1 Most important thing is programming for Aucotad.
No point in hiring a person for CAD Manager if they cannot manage the
program to do what the users want.

"Kevin Anderson" wrote in message
news:5088147@discussion.autodesk.com...
With all the recent great insightful discussions of Cad testing, Management
worth, Document management, etc... What do you think are the most important
traits / objectives of a good Cad manager? And how would you rank those
items in terms of order?
Like:
1. Knowledge of the particular Cad Program itself, (ADT, etc.)
2. Networking / Server knowledge
3. People skills for training, etc...
TIA,
--
Kevin Anderson
www.KAddAssociates.com
*melanie stone
Message 5 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 08:46 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
I agree with david and hector that managerial and people skills are tops
here... then it will depend upon the actual office environment what comes
next. some might need to BE the IT guy, others might have a separate IT
department and not need to know precisely how everything works. Knowledge of
the programs? Honestly, I believe rudimentary knowledge about how common
tasks are accomplished is good enough for someone who is not drafting. Their
job is to manage... budget... schedule... etc, not to know every intricacy
of the program(s) being used.

"Kevin Anderson" wrote in message
news:5088147@discussion.autodesk.com...
With all the recent great insightful discussions of Cad testing, Management
worth, Document management, etc... What do you think are the most important
traits / objectives of a good Cad manager? And how would you rank those
items in terms of order?
Like:
1. Knowledge of the particular Cad Program itself, (ADT, etc.)
2. Networking / Server knowledge
3. People skills for training, etc...
TIA,
--
Kevin Anderson
www.KAddAssociates.com
*cad user
Message 6 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 09:03 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
I totally disagree. Why would a CAD Manager need to schedule or budjet
anything? They are not Project Managers. They need to be able to
streamline the CAD system. They are the people that need to know most about
how the program works in order to make it do what the users want. Autocad
is suppose to be customized. Anybody can create standards, and standards
should be a team effort. The best way to enforce those standards is through
customization/automation so it makes it as easy as possible for users to put
objects on the correct layers, get blocks, details etc. as efficiently as
possible.

But I guess I'm wrong.
"melanie stone" wrote in message
news:5088315@discussion.autodesk.com...
I agree with david and hector that managerial and people skills are tops
here... then it will depend upon the actual office environment what comes
next. some might need to BE the IT guy, others might have a separate IT
department and not need to know precisely how everything works. Knowledge of
the programs? Honestly, I believe rudimentary knowledge about how common
tasks are accomplished is good enough for someone who is not drafting. Their
job is to manage... budget... schedule... etc, not to know every intricacy
of the program(s) being used.

"Kevin Anderson" wrote in message
news:5088147@discussion.autodesk.com...
With all the recent great insightful discussions of Cad testing, Management
worth, Document management, etc... What do you think are the most important
traits / objectives of a good Cad manager? And how would you rank those
items in terms of order?
Like:
1. Knowledge of the particular Cad Program itself, (ADT, etc.)
2. Networking / Server knowledge
3. People skills for training, etc...
TIA,
--
Kevin Anderson
www.KAddAssociates.com
*melanie stone
Message 7 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 09:14 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
and I totally disagree with you...
why would they need to budget? how much do you pay your users? how much are
subscription contracts? how much for pc upgrades, telecommunications needs?
how much do you need to allocate for paper, ink, and specialty equipment...
I didn't say *anything* about budgeting for construction.

I must from your knee-jerk misinterpretation of my mention of budgeting that
you've never actually worked in management?

"cad user" wrote in message
news:5088338@discussion.autodesk.com...
I totally disagree. Why would a CAD Manager need to schedule or budjet
anything? They are not Project Managers. They need to be able to
streamline the CAD system. They are the people that need to know most about
how the program works in order to make it do what the users want. Autocad
is suppose to be customized. Anybody can create standards, and standards
should be a team effort. The best way to enforce those standards is through
customization/automation so it makes it as easy as possible for users to put
objects on the correct layers, get blocks, details etc. as efficiently as
possible.

But I guess I'm wrong.
"melanie stone" wrote in message
news:5088315@discussion.autodesk.com...
I agree with david and hector that managerial and people skills are tops
here... then it will depend upon the actual office environment what comes
next. some might need to BE the IT guy, others might have a separate IT
department and not need to know precisely how everything works. Knowledge of
the programs? Honestly, I believe rudimentary knowledge about how common
tasks are accomplished is good enough for someone who is not drafting. Their
job is to manage... budget... schedule... etc, not to know every intricacy
of the program(s) being used.

"Kevin Anderson" wrote in message
news:5088147@discussion.autodesk.com...
With all the recent great insightful discussions of Cad testing, Management
worth, Document management, etc... What do you think are the most important
traits / objectives of a good Cad manager? And how would you rank those
items in terms of order?
Like:
1. Knowledge of the particular Cad Program itself, (ADT, etc.)
2. Networking / Server knowledge
3. People skills for training, etc...
TIA,
--
Kevin Anderson
www.KAddAssociates.com
*Bob Mee
Message 8 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 09:19 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
Ignore

"melanie stone" wrote in message
and I totally disagree with you...
why would they need to budget? how much do you pay your users? how much are
subscription contracts? how much for pc upgrades, telecommunications needs?
how much do you need to allocate for paper, ink, and specialty equipment...
I didn't say *anything* about budgeting for construction.

I must from your knee-jerk misinterpretation of my mention of budgeting that
you've never actually worked in management? Message was edited by: Discussion Admin
*cad user
Message 9 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 09:20 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
The IT department should handle the hardware and software budget. The
office manager/branch manager should work with the IT staff about possible
growth. Why would you give a person the title CAD manager if that person
was managing the entire office? Makes no sense.

"melanie stone" wrote in message
news:5088358@discussion.autodesk.com...
and I totally disagree with you...
why would they need to budget? how much do you pay your users? how much are
subscription contracts? how much for pc upgrades, telecommunications needs?
how much do you need to allocate for paper, ink, and specialty equipment...
I didn't say *anything* about budgeting for construction.

I must from your knee-jerk misinterpretation of my mention of budgeting that
you've never actually worked in management?

"cad user" wrote in message
news:5088338@discussion.autodesk.com...
I totally disagree. Why would a CAD Manager need to schedule or budjet
anything? They are not Project Managers. They need to be able to
streamline the CAD system. They are the people that need to know most about
how the program works in order to make it do what the users want. Autocad
is suppose to be customized. Anybody can create standards, and standards
should be a team effort. The best way to enforce those standards is through
customization/automation so it makes it as easy as possible for users to put
objects on the correct layers, get blocks, details etc. as efficiently as
possible.

But I guess I'm wrong.
"melanie stone" wrote in message
news:5088315@discussion.autodesk.com...
I agree with david and hector that managerial and people skills are tops
here... then it will depend upon the actual office environment what comes
next. some might need to BE the IT guy, others might have a separate IT
department and not need to know precisely how everything works. Knowledge of
the programs? Honestly, I believe rudimentary knowledge about how common
tasks are accomplished is good enough for someone who is not drafting. Their
job is to manage... budget... schedule... etc, not to know every intricacy
of the program(s) being used.

"Kevin Anderson" wrote in message
news:5088147@discussion.autodesk.com...
With all the recent great insightful discussions of Cad testing, Management
worth, Document management, etc... What do you think are the most important
traits / objectives of a good Cad manager? And how would you rank those
items in terms of order?
Like:
1. Knowledge of the particular Cad Program itself, (ADT, etc.)
2. Networking / Server knowledge
3. People skills for training, etc...
TIA,
--
Kevin Anderson
www.KAddAssociates.com
*Bob Mee
Message 10 of 40 (247 Views)

Re: the Most important duties of a CAD Manager

02-16-2006 09:38 AM in reply to: *Kevin Anderson
Is it hard to comprehend that company's do things differently?

Don't answer that.





"cad user" wrote in message
The IT department should handle the hardware and software budget. The
office manager/branch manager should work with the IT staff about possible
growth. Why would you give a person the title CAD manager if that person
was managing the entire office? Makes no sense.
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