CAD Manager's Newsletter (#462)24 Feb, 2021 By: Robert Green
Un-Bottleneck Your CAD Ecosystem, Part 2
Find the bottlenecks in your CAD ecosystem, quantify the issues, and remove them one-by-one.
In the previous installment of The CAD Manager’s Newsletter, we laid out the framework for analyzing all the components of your CAD system as a unified ecosystem and considered it as a series of components and feedback loops. In this concluding segment, we’ll consider how to quantify bottlenecks and create a prioritized plan for getting rid of them. Here goes.
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The CAD Ecosystem Redux
You may recall from the last installment that we could think of the CAD ecosystem like this where the components are defined as:
Of course, you may need to add in some additional components to describe your CAD ecosystem, but the checklist above should give you a good starting point.
Find the Bottlenecks
Now, it’s time for the fun part. Be brutally honest and assess which component in your CAD ecosystem is slowing you down the most. Is it slow hardware, lack of training, or some combination of other factors? Nobody but you, the CAD manager, can make these judgments, so it makes sense for you to analyze where your company bottlenecks are.
Where to begin? Start at the top row of the diagram because that is the core sequential process that delivers work to the client. If you eliminate the worst bottleneck here, your overall efficiency will only improve. Ask yourself the following questions and record your answers:
Answer these questions and you’ll start to understand how much the bottleneck costs your company.
Quantify and Prioritize
Consider a case where there always seems to be issues capturing PDF files correctly, causing the clients to complain and ask for document resubmittal. Quantify the problem like this:
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Prepare Yourself for CAD Management 3.0
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