Max Deardorff is the Senior Software Development Manager for Plant Solutions products, including AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D. Max is responsible for leading multiple software development teams in Singapore, Shanghai, and the US to produce complete software design solutions for the Plant market. Max joined the Plant team in 2007, starting with the first full release of AutoCAD P&ID. Max came to Autodesk with 20 years of software development management experience including many popular 2D and 3D Entertainment Game titles, State-wide Web-based Educational systems, Web Portals with E-commerce, and many more. Before learning to code, Max was a roustabout on a large oil rig off the coast of Ventura, CA—so he knows the difference between designing a pipe run on paper and the actual implementation of it in the field. Max has a passion for managing software engineering teams and loves the challenges that comes with it. At the end of the day if the software he is involved with is not functioning properly or has some overt complexities, it is always seen as an opportunity to get it right. In fact, he enjoys this pursuit of excellence.