Best of the CAD Manager's Newsletter

12 Jun, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

In honor of Robert Green's 300th issue, Cadalyst editors share fifteen favorite features from recent years.

The CAD Manager's Newsletter recently reached a milestone: the publication of its 300th issue. Over the years, CAD managers have come to trust and rely on author Robert Green's advice about training and budgeting, tips about hardware and software tools, and management methods that can make any workplace a more harmonious and efficient environment. With decades of CAD management and consulting under his belt, Green draws on his own experiences and those of his readers, who share their own stories, questions, and best practices.

In honor of more than a decade of practical, accessible guidance, Cadalyst's editors have selected our favorite must-read features from recent years. For new readers and longtime newsletter subscribers alike, these best-of-the-best picks are packed with valuable CAD management advice. And if your favorite isn't on the list, let us know what it is — and how it has helped you.

Budget Your Time and Money

  • No-Budget CAD Management
    These simple suggestions will make an impact on your workplace and don't require a dime — just your time.
    February 27, 2013 Read the full article>>
  • When Your Problem User Is Management
    Change your CAD management priorities to accommodate financial goals — and use hard facts to make your case.
    June 13, 2012 Read the full article>>
  • The Part-Time CAD Manager
    Like it or not, many companies require one person to serve as CAD manager while also fulfilling production needs.
    August 13–27, 2008  Read the full article>>

Master Hardware and Software Tools

  • Choose the Right CAD Workstation Components
    You've got a limited budget for new hardware — learn how to get the most performance bang for your buck!
    February 8, 2012 Read the full article>>
  • The Minimalist's Guide to CAD Software Upgrade Decisions
    It's a chore you'll have to tackle sooner or later, so apply this methodology and make your evaluation as quickly as possible.
    January 25, 2012 Read the full article>>
  • Programming for CAD Managers
    By honing your skills, you can create solutions customized to the needs of your users and increase your value as a CAD manager.
    April 14–May 12, 2010 Read the full article>>
  • Straighten Out Multi-CAD Mayhem
    A systematic approach will bring order to the chaos of supporting a mixed bag of 2D and 3D applications.
    November 11, 2009  Read the full article>>

Evaluate New Technologies

  • Take a Balanced Approach to Managing Building Information Modeling
    Are you falling victim to BIM obsession? Don't let one technology overwhelm your other CAD management responsibilities — no matter how much hype surrounds it.
    June 27, 2012 Read the full article>>
  • Mobile CAD, the Cloud, and Management Mayhem
    Will the big changes in store wreak havoc with your workflows? They don't have to, if you keep a few basic principles in mind.
    April 25, 2012  Read the full article>>
  • Your Own Private CAD Cloud
    Too worried about data security and service stability to take advantage of Internet-based computing? Put those concerns aside by building a low-cost, in-house network.
    October 26, 2011 Read the full article>>

Implement Training and Standards

  • Establish a Training Program for Your CAD Users
    You could be doing more to help your users — and yourself — with training that prevents repeated mistakes.
    October 10–24, 2012  Read the full article>>
  • Lay Down the Law on CAD Standards
    Standardization costs little and offers great productivity payoffs, so get started now with this straightforward six-step plan.
    May 27–June 24, 2009  Read the full article>>

Coordinate and Collaborate

  • A CAD Manager's Letter to IT
    Educate your IT department about what you really need to do your job right.
    July 27, 2011 Read the full article>>
  • Get Your Users to Help You
    An efficient work environment requires communication and effort on the part of users, not just CAD managers. Here's how to get the conversation started.
    March 10, 2010 Read the full article>>
  • Win Over Your Users
    As a CAD manager, putting in the extra effort required to communicate clearly with your users, understand their needs, and become their advocate will pay off for them — and for you.
    February 24, 2010 Read the full article>>

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