Pushing work down

For those of you working in A/E/C offices, what kind of project tasks are your administrative staff taking on? Have you given any thought to pushing what some refer to as “technical” work down to your admins?

You can do that, you know. There are a number of project documents that do not need to be signed or sealed by a licensed practitioner. I consider those administrative in nature, and an architect or an engineer on the project team does not have to be the one to write or manage those documents.

A few years back I wrote a little bit more about this, submitting it to SDA National. Check this out.




$10 webinars

My favorite all-things-MS Office guru is Melissa Esquibel. I’ve attended a number of her webinars and there’s always some take-away that I, well . . . take away afterwards and apply it at work. I love being able to do that. A webinar that actually has some content that I can use, that is meaningful to me at work (and sometimes outside of work as well).

And now she’s doing Sawbuck Seminars!

And I’ve already attended one of them—not live though, since it was during work so I had to miss it. Did you know though, that at Sawbucks Seminars you can register for a webinar and get the replay afterwards? You can. And I did.

And it was only $10. Ten dollars! For an almost hour-long session on creating fillable forms.

At first I’m like, “I already know how to create fillable forms using MS Word.”

And then I’m like, “Yeah, but it’s guru Melissa Esquibel, and you KNOW you always learn some new tidbit when you attend her webinars.”

So I registered (it was ONLY ten bucks!), and I finally watched the replay.

True to form—I learned something—the part about extracting the info that was entered into the form into a CSV file so you have all the responses in one file (along with a few other tidbits Melissa shared during the webinar).

Totally worth the ten bucks I spent.


P.S. The Seattle Chapter of SDA is hosting a 2-hour Melissa Esquibel webinar in October. Anyone can attend. Learn more here.

New job; new tools

I changed jobs in August. Still working for the same company, just working on another large project now. And with my new position (assisting the client’s Program Administrator and her leadership team), I realize I’m going through office tools like you wouldn’t believe.

Thank goodness for those little Post-it flags. Without them, I’d be having to thumb through all the sheets of paper in my “Requested Meetings” folder to find the one I need at the time. (Incidentally, I inherited that blue folder from whomever held the position before me. That should have been a clue when I first started on the new project—that I’d be scheduling a lot of meetings. See that pic of the blue folder? Meetings I was responsible for scheduling—all within a couple of weeks of starting the new job.)

This post could start a whole ‘nother discussion on why I’m killing trees and printing out the meeting requests I get. I don’t print out every request. Just those that are a bit more complicated (e.g., they involve other project stakeholders outside of the in-house project team members). But it helps me keep track of the meeting requests and any changes (you just know there are bound to be changes given all the players and all the other meetings that are needed) that might happen. I can jot down notes much easier and quicker on paper than having to open up Calendar or Tasks or Notes on the computer.

Anyway, here I am on a new job (and also loving those colored, erasable pens—gotta have the right pens at work, for the right situations; right?). And that means new posts. Stay tuned.