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I don't know if this list will convince John to get us all iPads, but maybe it will help...

Innovation Through Challenges with BIM

Recently (okay, 3+ months ago), I read this article, by Hilda Espinal, Director of IT Design Applications at Perkins+Will, which I have been meaning to share. The article details how the BIM was used on the Rush University Medical Center and some of the challenges that the team faced as they utilized BIM. I always appreciate when teams are willing to share the challenges as well as the successes, as the "lessons learned" stories seem to be the most interesting and valuable. There are a lot of great thoughts in the article, but I really like how Hilda concludes, discussing the benefits versus the challenges of using BIM on the project:
Not so long ago many of us would have considered the use of BIM in a project of this magnitude and complexity as quite irrational and in some cases impossible. Today, for the exact same reasons, it is hard to imagine executing a project delivery without it.

Amplification (and Hiring Evaluation Criteria)

Most of my favorite blogs, especially recently, focus on business and leadership concepts rather than BIM. A recent post on Presentation Zen detailed some interesting thoughts from Pixar that resonated with me on a few different levels.

Our industry talks about collaboration quite a bit, but often when we dig in, we aren't truly collaborating. I haven't really thought of a great way to communicate that idea internally or externally, but when I read what Pixar had to say about it I knew that it was what I was looking for:
Cooperation is not the same thing as collaboration. Cooperation is just that thing "which allows you not to get in the other's way," says Nelson. Collaboration means amplification. ... I think of collaboration as being like 2+2=5 (or 137, etc.).
I also love how they talk about hiring criteria. Since we've been actively hiring for two VDC positions, we've gotten so many resumes from people who know Revit, and probably know it quite well, which is exciting. However, we aren't just looking at "depth" of knowledge in Revit because most of the work that a new hire will do is undefined, because we are constantly pushing the envelope. As it is put in the Presentation Zen post: do you hire someone for something that has never been done before? ... past success alone is not enough
Pixar looks for experience with "failure and recovery", along with an entire host of qualities. I like to think that we are doing similar things. It's about problem solving, working in a team, culture fit, negotiating and a sense of exploration.

I'd be interested in what other people look for when they hire, whether for a BIM-related position or something else.