- A principal at a large architectural practice shared his experience with their BIM experts: young architects who are good at "these tools" don't want to train and support. They want to use them on projects.
- A mechanical engineer I know emailed me that she was glad to be getting more involved with design efforts. She had been pushing for that to make sure she can still have growth technically and not just be considered the BIM expert.
- A client remarked that she isn't a "BIM person" because she's interested in process improvement at a much broader scale. She was surprised when I shared what I was hearing: many "BIM people" think of themselves of more than BIM.
- Getting my MBA expanded my skills and my thought process. Even if you aren't up for a full program, I highly recommend seeing what management courses are available on edX or a similar source. While there are other ways to learn management concepts, I found that the structure of an academic course is what changed my thinking the most.
- The Project Management Body of Knowledge. As one of our R&D Engineers said to me after forwarding this to him, "I'm mad at you for not sharing this sooner." The PMBOK explains the concept, frameworks, and deliverables for each PM responsibility. It's tactical and (I think) very useful.
- You may also want to expand your non-BIM technical skills. Advanced Excel work has been great for me. You may want to learn more about your company's Project Management system. While technology isn't the first thing I would turn to for additional learning, it is helpful!
What have you learned or done to break out of the "BIM person" label? Leave a note in the comments or tweet to me.