CAD Manager's Newsletter (#298)10 Apr, 2013 By: Robert Green
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In your quest to gain management support for new software, begin with a lesson in reality.
Well, it's spring, and you know what that means: new software releases! This time of year, it seems as if all the software developers are releasing new products and touting their new capabilities. And although CAD managers and power users look forward to new software releases with a Christmas-morning zeal, our senior management staffs rarely seem to share our enthusiasm.
In the next couple of issues of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll shed some light on why management teams dislike new software and how you can overcome those negative attitudes, gain approval for the upgrades you need, and integrate the new software into your office culture more smoothly. Here goes.
Plus ça Change
An old French expression goes, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." It means, "The more things change, the more they are the same." The saying exactly describes the attitudes of senior management about new CAD software that I've observed since my first job as a CAD manager back in 1989. Here's the push-back I hear every time:
- "We've spent all this money on software, but we aren't executing projects any better" or, "We just aren't getting the productivity we thought we would."
- "It takes us way too long to implement new software."
- "Many users are dragging their feet on using new software technology."
In 1989, complaints were about migrating to AutoCAD and MicroStation, whereas today they are about transitioning to 3D or other game-changing softrware, but the sentiment is exactly the same.
If you look closely, you'll begin to realize that these complaints seem more focused at the CAD manager and users rather than the software itself. You can almost hear someone saying, "We've got the new software yet it isn't working like we expected, and it can't possibly be the software's fault." Read more »
The path to CAD management success demands focus and dogged determination.
You all know the old fable about the tortoise and the hare — the story that took a long time to make the point that steady progress and focus on the task at hand will ultimately win out over haste or impatience. CAD management is much more like the tortoise than the hare, in my experience.
Successful CAD managers are persistent and unwavering. They understand that significant change doesn't happen in a week or a month, but often in years — especially when you can't devote yourself full-time to CAD management! Read more »
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