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Feeling the Pressure: A Case of CAD Manager Versus IT (Or Is It?)
Industry Talk    AS219652
Jisell Howe
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Description

Some CAD managers may serve as solid bridges of support between end users and IT departments, but what about those of us who struggle to build that bridge for better administrative support, faster turnaround times, and strategic planning for future department needs? It's easy to get stuck feeling the pressure or, even worse, seeing only one of 2 equally valid perspectives. In this class, attendees will learn how the speaker put the "manage" back in CAD manager by creating mutual understanding and improving collaboration between 2 departments that may not always see eye to eye.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to analyze your department's current situation and identify gaps in productivity
  • Learn how to understand your IT department's point of view from a technological standpoint and an interpersonal standpoint
  • Learn how to communicate and present yourself as a trusted ally to the IT department
  • Learn how to aim for a win-win situation for both you and the IT department, now and in the future

Speakers

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Jisell Howe, CDT started out as a CAD Designer for a construction company over eight years ago and then transitioned into the MEP industry. She is currently the CAD Administrator for Uponor, a PEX pipe system manufacturing company located in Apple Valley, Minn. As an AutoCAD certified professional, she manages several product and BIM/CAD content databases as well as supports the multi-platform software needs for 40 designers in the company’s Design Services department. Howe holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting & Estimating from Dunwoody College of Technology. She is a returning speaker for Midwest University, a regional professional development conference featuring Autodesk software. She was named a Top 10 Speaker at Midwest University 2017. Howe was most recently a panelist and a co-speaker for multiple sessions at Autodesk University 2017 and a speaker for Midwest University 2018. Howe has multiple articles published in AUGIWorld Magazine with the most recent one in the October 2018 issue.
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