There are so many free resources for engineering managers. We did some of the sifting for you, to save you some time. Here are five offerings chockfull of design process and project management tips, engineering news, and more for you.
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SolidSmack is a GrabCADr favorite. They never fail to offer well-written and researched articles ranging from product reviews to interviews with product design leaders and then back to CAD tips. Browse their resource archives or search if you're looking for specific help and insights. Go to SolidSmack Design Process Resources.
At first it may seem like Engineering.com almost has too many resources. Have no fear! This customized search filters out the education-based articles and lets you focus on topics like 'Assessing Cloud PDM,' 'Benefits of a Unified CAD Strategy,' and 'Solving Engineering's Calculation Compromise.' Go to Engineering.com Resources.
The engineering subreddit is a great time for all. However, this filter directs you toward more management-focused topics. It still keeps the Dilbert threads we secretly crave but leaves behind student questions that are found in the EngineeringStudent subreddit. Go to /Engineering on reddit.
CADalyst rounds-up the best of their articles just for CAD managers! Each archived newsletter offers multiple helpful links. You can pick and choose which one to focus on based on their quick summary of the topics covered. Our recent favorites include, 'The Peer to Peer CAD Manager' and 'An Open Letter to CAD Software Companies.' Go to CADalyst CAD Managers archive.
We like to offer up as many resources as we can for engineering managers, too. Here is a particularly interesting category for you to follow on our blog. It covers all things file management and some surrounding topics like, 'It's time to drop the Excel BOM' and 'Get and keep your assemblies in order.' Go to GrabCAD file management blogs.
Did we miss something? Share your favorite resources for engineering managers in the comments!
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