Several years ago I wrote a presentation “How to write a best practice document”. I have given this presentation to several user groups and even twice at SOLIDWORKS World. In the presentation, I discuss different mediums to use when writing and maintaining the document. Word processors, wikis and Docbook are the three main tools I recommend.
A few days ago a customer asked if SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM would be a good tool to store his best practice document. Blew me away. I had never thought of a PDM being Best Practice repository, but it is perfect!
For a best practice document to be successful:
- Users need to be able to quickly find the information they are looking for
- It has to be easy to maintain and keep current
Things PDM does for you!
What if…instead of creating a big long document that will be hard to read, navigate and maintain, you created a bunch of little .avi files demonstrating your best practices? [I will not do the voice overs, stop asking.] To make finding them easier, create a special “Best Practice” datacard and place it in your best practices sub directory.
Obviously it doesn’t have to be only movie files, pictures (they really are worth a few hundred words), machining charts, internal memos, spreadsheets…can all be categorized in your datacard for quick access.