One of my duties as Program Manager for Autodesk Labs is to produce a quarterly TPS report. Here is an excerpt from the Technology Preview Strategy report for Q1.
As you can see, some of our technology previews have more participants than expected (green) while others have less (red). In the interest of being like Goldilocks and having all of them be "just right," please consider joining the following technology previews:
|Project Harmony for Simulation Moldflow
Try automatic model cleanup for simulation.
|Item Number Resequencing for AutoCAD Electrical
Resequence your electrical design elements in a new way.
Conduct financial analyses on the desired energy conservation measures.
|Corridor Optimization for InfraWorks 360
Use equations to find the most efficient roadway alignment.
|Dynamo Plug-in for Robot Structural Analysis
Connect Dynamo to Robot Structural Analysis.
Help us evolve the learning resources we supply.
|Revit Credit Manager for LEED
Manage your LEED credits with ease.
Perform fire simulations within a structure.
I ask because a larger number of participants increases the likelihood of feedback. And feedback is what Autodesk Labs is all about. We really are on the fence with these technologies. We're not going to develop them anyway independent of the feedback we get. If that were true, we'd go straight to beta. As I always say "Trying something, liking it, and not telling us, is the same as not trying it." It's funny, but I never have to encourage anyone to tell us when they don't like it. That seems to come naturally for people. That brings to mind two quotes from our CEO, Carl Bass:
- "People tell me that my ability to compliment is dwarfed by my ability to criticize."
- "My management team says that I have only two management tools: the carrot and the stick. My problem is that I can't hit them hard enough with the carrot."
Carl's exaggerating, but it does seem like technology preview participants only speak up when they find a problem. Affirmation on the usefulness of a technology is also welcome.
A participation request is alive in the lab.