CAD Manager's Newsletter (#403)10 Apr, 2018 By: Robert Green
Spring into Standards, Part 2: Building Consensus
Making a plan for CAD standards isn't enough — you'll also need to bring everyone on board if the standards are to be successful.
In the first installment of my Spring into Standards series, we talked about starting the process of revamping your CAD standards in the modern age. Hopefully you were able to answer the diagnostic questions provided, and start formulating a plan for your new standards environment. (If not, then you may want to do so now to have proper context for this installment.)
In this installment, we'll focus on the next aspect of CAD standards — and arguably the most important — which is building consensus among users, IT personnel, and management teams alike. After all, users must live with the standards, the IT department has to help administer the standards, and management must empower you to enforce the standards in the first place. Here goes.
Who's Affected — and Why?
Let's briefly review the diagnostic questions we outlined in the last installment, and the various standards-related issues that they highlight:
- Which software products are affected?
- What file formats will you need to deliver?
- How will you standardize the software itself?
- What best practices should be included?
- Where will all your information be stored?
- Who will have access to everything, and from which devices?
- How will you communicate/train it all?
Next, let's categorize the people involved with formulating standards for each issue into four logical groups:
- Project managers
- IT personnel
- Senior management
Once you understand which groups are impacted by each issue, you can lay out a plan for persuading the people in each group by using their native language and addressing their hot-button issues.
Divide and Customize
Each group will have its own concerns, and will therefore perceive the standards problem differently. In fact, the CAD manager may be the only person in the entire organization who sees CAD standards as a single problem, albeit a complex, multifaceted one! By acknowledging that each group expects different things from standards, you can go into each discussion in the right frame of mind. Read more »
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