The importance of a whiteboard and conversations

Something our team likes to call ‘smart sketching, the Bennett’s way’.

What does this mean in practise?

Conversations give insight and understanding, by asking questions on installation, risk factors, serviceability and desired outcomes from all stakeholders in an open forum is all part of the Bennett way.

Collaboration to produce designs is far more powerful than a designer sitting in front of a computer with a simple set of requirements written on a post it note (gone are the days of fag packets!) to work from.

So where does the whiteboard come in?

The investment time is minimal, you can get together and quickly sketch up a design. Then whilst conversing you can rub out lines, insert a new idea easily, change direction all without major stress or timely delays

Tech has a huge place in the life of a design engineer today; CAD is the beating heart for designers the issue is if you start there instead of with conversation and idea generation in a group things can get tricky.

The amount of ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes into the models and drawings people see on the screen is huge. Things like can you just change that teeny bit may not be as easy as that. Here’s where conflict can arise within a team. It’s better to mitigate that by deploying the whiteboard first in our experience.

No project is ever started without that conversation time and the ability to get around any whiteboard to sketch out the options. Even a whiteboard sketch plan of how best to approach the actual CAD model is conducted, providing efficient and optimised use of time on CAD.

Deploying conversation, collaboration and whiteboard sketching significantly shifts the mindset from a design being a task to the best way to get a task done.