“We are not here to make money”

One of my favorite segments from Paul Akers' 2 Second Lean book. Perhaps one of the most controversial concepts I push is that we are not here to make money. Profit and money are a by-product of an effective Lean culture. We are here first and foremost to improve the quality of the customer’s life. Internally, we are here [...]

By | 2015-12-27T22:16:03+00:00 December 27th, 2015|Thoughts|0 Comments

Archive: Thrive Demo Invite

This invitation has expired. If you would like to schedule a Live Demo, send an email to You are invited to spend an hour with Jamie Gyolai and Kale Sparling to get a glimpse of how Thrive can assist your operation in moving forward on the lean journey. Is your operation missing a centralized [...]

By | 2015-11-10T13:36:32+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Communication Tools|0 Comments

Archive: Thrive Demo Invite

This invitation has expired. If you would like to schedule a Live Demo, send an email to Thrive is a software developed on the shop floor for the shop floor. Need a solution to your data and document management headaches? Thinking about installing Thrive but want a chance to ask questions about a feature? [...]

By | 2015-05-21T20:36:26+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Communication Tools|0 Comments

Spreadsheet Chaos?

[fivecol_two] [/fivecol_two][fivecol_three_last]     Panicked Employee to IT: "I have lost my Excel document….can you recover it?" Hopeful Leader: "I think we are doing well, but I will know for sure when we get the numbers at the end of the month." Puzzled Employee to Boss: "I know I updated the graph with the [...]

By | 2015-03-03T16:02:47+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Lean Tech|0 Comments

E.R.P. Pain?

[fivecol_three] Thrive is not an ERP.  It complements your ERP  to accomplish your shopfloor goals! Thrive vs. an ERP? An ERP is designed to manage financial data while Thrive is designed to manage your shopfloor processes. We like to say the ERP tracks the money and Thrive helps make the money. We are shopfloor people who designed a [...]

By | 2015-03-02T16:03:16+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|Lean Tech|0 Comments

Process Gaps?

[fivecol_two] [/fivecol_two] [fivecol_three_last] [button link="" color="teal"]Maintenance[/button]Thrive Contains a Full CMMS - Cost justify with this module alone…remember no user fees [ilink url=""]Pricing Info[/ilink] [button link="" color="teal"]Reporting[/button]Easy-to-Use Reporting Across All Areas - Personalized Dashboards and reports are easy to share [button link="" color="teal"]Quality[/button]Gain Control of Your Shopfloor Quality - You will make your quality team happy and drive [...]

By | 2015-03-01T16:04:08+00:00 March 1st, 2015|Lean Tech|0 Comments

Personal Portal

Personal Portal Each user can log into the Thrive system individually. Once logged in, you can view your personalized page called "My Thrive" which includes company and department announcements, calendars, project timelines, work schedules and more. The personalized home page keeps each individual informed of events and information from the company-wide level down to an [...]

By | 2011-03-23T10:58:06+00:00 March 23rd, 2011|Communication Tools|Comments Off on Personal Portal

Value separation

How do you as an individual, “be different”?  As a company?  How do you create value that stands out from others providing your services?  And if your services fall in the same category as others, you must not be different, right?  Shouldn’t you then be in your own category? Catching up on some blog reading, [...]

By | 2010-03-23T10:23:32+00:00 March 23rd, 2010|Business, Innovation|0 Comments

Heads up, your business may be drowning

My friend Sam Duregger (@duregger) pointed me to an article about the obsessive-ness people have developed with their smartphones. The article opens with a story about a man who was so engaged with his smartphone he didn’t notice the bathtub water he was filling for his daughter was overflowing onto the floor.  Why is this [...]

By | 2010-03-16T11:26:15+00:00 March 16th, 2010|Business, Manufacturing|2 Comments