Join Brian Myers for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding your fit in an organization, part of BIM Management: Careers.
- [Instructor] When you're looking into stepping into a BIM management role, one of the first things that you should do is understand what your fit is within this organizational structure. The first thing that you can do is ask your boss or your potential boss as to how BIM is being used currently within the organization, then start to ask questions related to how much control or how much authority will you have in implementing change within the organization. Will you be in charge of doing training? Will you have a say in budgets? In actual implementation of trainings and recommending trainings? Will you be the one that'll be doing trainings, or will you be sending other people out, other team members out to learn how to use the various softwares? What have they done in the past to be able to do BIM and learn BIM? The more that you can find out about how BIM is viewed within the organization as well as what expectations management is going to place on you in this role, the better off that you'll be in being able to figure out what path needs to be taken in the implementation of BIM within an office environment.
The second thing that you should do is ask your project team members how they feel about the current use of their software tools or the way that their processes are currently going. In today's environment, there's a very good chance that many of these individuals have actually worked at other firms that have already been doing BIM. How does their current role and those BIM processes compare to what they did in their previous jobs? Is there something that they liked at their previous job that they're not doing at their current job, or are they very happy with the way that BIM is within the organization, or maybe they think that they need more training on how BIM has been adopted within the organization.
You may even find that they think that all sorts of changes actually need to take place. So by discussing with your project team members what the current state of BIM is within the organization, you'll have a better understanding of your own fit within the organization and how you can make the teams better. You should also review existing workflows and processes. So don't just take the word of the management teams or the project teams. Take a look at the projects themselves. Get a feel for where certain processes can be improved and where certain processes are really good.
Once you review those existing workflows and processes, you'll be in a better place to understand what your organizational fit would be and the extra value that you can bring to the organization. And then finally, make sure that when you're going through this process that you document all of your findings, and that can be writing it down inside of a notebook, making notes in Outlook, or using software such as Microsoft Teams or Trello in order to write notes and then be able to organize all the different things you're gonna need to do in order to make your team a success.
The more that you document each one of those items that needs to be improved upon, the better that you'll be able to understand what your organizational fit is and those areas where you can make improvements.
- Where do BIM managers come from?
- Certificate programs and industry degrees
- Coming from a nontraditional educational background
- Establishing a career plan
- Organizational roles, including CAD, BIM, and VDC manager positions
- Understanding where you fit in an organization
- Leveraging resources and support systems
- Resume tips
- Cultivating your online presence