Release Notes for January 2019

Release Notes for January 2019



  • Added status selection on the parts grid

Human Resources

  • Create revisions of a class with the ability to reset an individual’s training for that class for each revision.
  • The type of class or training can now be altered manually by the user in form security.



  • Attachments now cannot be submitted to Thrive until file(s) have finished uploading preventing errors due to partial uploads
  • Attachment feature updated to work correctly on Class and Training Detail pages


  • Part advanced search has been updated to work properly.
  • Standard production rate, rate type, and standard setup visible on the engineering part page.

User Accounts

  • When clicking the binoculars on the user account page, the employee list now filters employees for that site.

Other Fixes

  • When clicking a customer number link, Thrive correctly redirects to that specific customer.
  • Completed Gage calibrations no longer appear in the Activities section of the new homepage.
  • User options updated to ensure theme match the rest of Thrive and to ensure functionality is working properly.


By |2019-02-11T15:38:49+00:00February 11th, 2019|Release History, Thrive Updates|0 Comments

Release Notes for December 2018

Release Notes for December 2018



  • Selecting “All” actives on the calendar will now provide an option to filter on an individual’s assignments in the calendar.


  • Introducing a new page to track machine breakdowns. The list page features a counter starting at the initial reporting of the machine breakdown and a detail screen to see information related to the project.  These pages feature a mobile friendly look with a different feel optimized for maintenance techs working on tablets in comparison to workstation users.


  • The A3 form has now been added to our Quality module. It can be used as its own form and then escalated into an NCR later if desired.

Other New Features

  • Added security measure where only the Thrive Admin account can change the Thrive Admin account password.



  • Filtered users now clear out when you select a different activity.
  • Improved speed and performance on the searching and display.
  • Projects and Gage Calibrations now filter on logged in user.
  • Resolved issue where in certain situations items would not display on the calendar.
  • Assignments will now show who that assignment is for on the calendar.


  • Timestamp now displays correct time based on location / time zone across all discussion items

Goal Boards

  • Previously the goal board hot keys [Enter], [Space Bar], and [+] could all be pressed and held to continuously add units to a goal board. In order to avoid inadvertent “long press” key strokes resulting in additional goal board units, the [Enter] and [Space Bar] were changed to add units on the key up event. The [+] key functionality remains the same so units can be continuously added as long as the [+] is being pressed.

Other Fixes

  • Quality Docs page updated to make sure it always loads properly.
  • Task item ordering improved to make sure ordering always preserved.
  • Resolved issue where in some cases deleting a user account would not result in the account record being fully deleted.
  • Display text for items in lists/grids did not always appear (e.g. the Equipment Description showing along-side the Equipment number in the Projects list).
  • Improvements made to the detecting and handling of rights for Admin roles.
  • Radio buttons can be deselected in certain areas.
  • Dashboard Activities links now work on mobile devices and dragging of items on mobile devices has been disabled.
  • When editing multiple Task Items from within a grid, the task items now save correctly if more than 9 task items exist.


By |2019-01-25T21:46:33+00:00January 25th, 2019|Release History, Thrive Updates|0 Comments

Release Notes For November 2018

Release Notes for November 2018


Audits and Tasks

  • Individual Audit and Task Items can now be flagged as required in order for a Task Set or Audit being performed to be saved.  Also, on the Audit / Task setup page, a checkbox option has been added for all items to be required for that audit or task set.
  • Individual Audit and Task Items can now have a default value which will appear when performing Audits and Task Sets.
  • When creating task items, the “selectable numbers” option now allows a description to be provided along with each number choice to help clarify the number’s meaning.
  • For project requests within Thrive, editing task items now uses the task item wizard just as it does in Projects, making task editing more consistent and convenient.


  • Discussions window is now larger so more messages can be viewed easily.

Human Resources

  • Time off requests, approved, and denied emails can now be customized through user notifications in Thrive.


  • Planned maintenance can be setup to use both time/calendar-based scheduling alongside meter-based scheduling. Which ever schedule is relevant first will generate and update the related schedule (e.g. if a meter reading causes a PM to generate, the calendar scheduling interval will move forward one scheduling interval).


  • Five Why analysis is now available on the NCR page.
  • The ability to have a “related root cause” on corrective actions from the NCR Five Whys analysis has been added.


  • OSHA300A form can be downloaded in CSV format.

Other New Features

  • The ability to pre-define the format of fields is now more robust allowing “input masks” (eg. formatting a field for a phone number) is now available in Thrive form security.



  • In User Accounts Detail, sorting a user’s active roles now works.

Audits and Tasks

  • When performing an Audit or Task Set, the Date Request and Time Request now reflect local time instead of server time.
  • Field names in the audit and task wizards can now be updated in form security.
  • When adding a Task Item or Audit Item using the “Selectable Text” type, the pipe (|) delimiter no longer appears after each item in the list.
  • Location search field was not editable.


  • Legacy Calendar link on the calendar page was not working correctly in some cases.

Company Sites

  • Resolved error when updating Site.

Dashboards / Home Page

  • Company links now resolve properly.


  • Resolved issue where some master project discussion items could be temporarily deleted as part of discussion item clean-up process.

Human Resources

  • Employee grid now filters by site.


  • In Part Detail, improved the page layout so that Part information in the right hand column formats properly.


  • Equipment Spares view updated to show related use for that specific equipment.  It previously could potentially show a recently used spare on equipment used in another plant.


  • Make sure that notifications are visible by users with the appropriate form administration security.


  • The display property for the Employee field on the Project List (Grid) originating from the Equipment/Location section of the project detail form was only showing the Employee ID. The field properties have been updated to also include the employee full name in all project modules.
  • Updated all Project pages so that when a project changed to a status of COMPLETE the Time Complete field is populated with the client device time instead of the server time.  This change only impacts users where the client and server are in different time zones.
  • In Thrive Project Request Detail pages, clicking the “Value” column in the Task Item grid to sort the column no longer results in an error on the page.
  • The status button on the Project Detail page in each project and request detail page of Thrive now displays the status’s longer custom text from form security instead of the shortened value so it will match the status drop down menu.


  • In Gage Calibrations, the Result drop down has been updated so it functions consistently.
  • Gage Calibrations were not correctly filtering for multi-site locations. For example, if user had access to calibrations in Company A, they may also see calibrations within Company B.


  • The recordable injury portion of the OSHA300 log now filters properly.
  • In the OSHA300 log, the years filter now displays each year sequentially.

Other Fixes

  • When clicking on links for Task Sets/Audits/Planned Maintenance the destination was not always correct and has been updated.
  • Column names when exporting were not always correct and has been updated.
By |2018-11-30T18:42:38+00:00November 29th, 2018|Release History|0 Comments

Company Spotlight: Casey Dierking (Software Developer)

Casey Dierking  joined the Lean Tech team in May of 2018. In addition to his software developer role, Casey brings digital media and graphic design experience to our team. Casey likes to learn and his balance of creative and practical ideas has been a welcome addition to our team. Now that the dust has settled following a whirl wind of a start at Lean Tech (moving, having their second child, and starting at Lean Tech within a span of 6 weeks), we recently asked Casey to share a little more about himself and his new role.

1. What drew you to Lean Tech?

I was drawn to Lean Tech because I wanted to be able to contribute and make a direct impact on the company and its customers. Lean tech provides that opportunity. The team members here are also incredibly smart, encouraging, and always creating learning moments. The culture is healthy and everyone enjoys the work we get to do together. It’s a recipe for success that I wanted to be a part of.

2. You are raising a young family. How has fatherhood shaped you in the last 3 years?

There are a lot of different takes that I could talk about how fatherhood has shaped me over the last 3 years, but one that immediately comes to mind is in just one word. “Grit”. I absolutely love being a father to my two girls (3 years and 5 months) and a husband to my amazing wife. But if these last 3 years have taught me anything, it’s how to keep going even when both kids are screaming and you are running on 3 hours of sleep. It’s pushed me as a person to become better because I recognize my limits and how far I can really go. I think it’s also taught me that there is permission to fail and learn from our mistakes. I also don’t take naps for granted anymore.

3. Tell us about the entrepreneurial spirit in your household. What is your latest project outside of Lean Tech?

I think it’s important to always have passion projects outside of your normal work. In my life, it keeps me sharper and helps me not become stagnant in the day to day. I think that this carries over into my normal work and continues to make me a better employee. Coffee is a huge passion of mine and my family’s so it was only natural we’d dive into starting a roasting business. About a year ago, my wife opened up a coffee shop and ran that for a year, but after moving to a new town and beginning work at Lean tech, we were left searching for good quality coffee here in Pella. We couldn’t find any so we decided to create our own. We think life is too short to drink mediocre coffee. Seriously, we just love coffee. [Try IRIS Coffee Company here]


By |2018-11-06T14:57:11+00:00November 6th, 2018|Culture, People|0 Comments

Company Spotlight: David Garner (Software Developer)

In January 2018, David joined our team from Kansas City, MO. David is as good as they come. He has a bright mind and loves to think through how to solve difficult processes and break them down into manageable tasks.  We asked David to answer a few questions so that Thrive users could know a little more about him and his contributions to the platform so far.

1. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

My primary responsibility is software development here at Lean Technologies. While there are many technical aspects of developing software I also meet with customers personally to understand their needs and pain points. This has better allowed me to develop our products from a user perspective. Being close to the customer is one of the things I enjoy most about my role.

2. What were your first impressions of this industry?

Before I came to Lean Technologies I had minimal exposure to the manufacturing industry. Thrive touches many aspects of a manufacturing business so there was and still is a lot for me to learn. One of my initial findings was just as in software, manufacturing too has many buzzwords and acronyms.

3. What originally attracted you to working at Lean Tech?

One thing that initially attracted me to Lean Tech was our size. I was looking for a place where I could fulfill my interest in software and business. I can directly affect the outcome and direction of our product because of everybody’s willingness to hear and act on new ideas. This is what keeps me excited and what continues to move Thrive forward.

4. What else do you like to do for fun?

In my free time I enjoy staying active. You can find me exploring the trails around Lake Red Rock or running. I also enjoy developing mobile applications and I most recently have taken up yoga.

5. Words to live by — What are yours?

Don’t Take Anything Personally

By |2018-10-19T15:43:09+00:00October 5th, 2018|Culture, People|0 Comments

Company Spotlight: Erich Thalacker (Software Developer)

In May, Erich joined our team full time after interning with us last winter.  He has really hit the ground running and cares about how our customers use the product. We asked Erich to answer a few questions so that Thrive users could know a little more about him and his contributions to the platform so far.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 22 year old recent college grad who loves being active, hanging out with others, and continually learning. During the weekdays, when I am not at work, I enjoy reading and coding even more. I am currently reading the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) and I want to start Lord of the Rings soon after. I also love reading books about psychology and entrepreneurism. I am attempting to learn Swift so I can make apps for the App Store. It is nice to start from the beginning of learning a language (rather than hitting the ground running like I did at work) so I can understand the concepts more fully. On the weekends I find myself spending time with my friends and/or doing outdoor activities (currently into rollerblading and tennis). Since I am a recent college grad, I will have to adjust to not going back to school for the first time in 17 years. I am excited to see where life takes me and all the fun the future has in store.

2. What do you love most about working at Lean Tech?

I love that Lean Tech encourages an environment of freedom and personal responsibility while still providing a great support system to help you when you get stuck or need help with your work. I enjoy being able to struggle and think through problems, but when I am unable to figure out the solution, my teammates will happily come and dig into the issue with me. Coming from a non-traditional path of schooling for software development (Biology and Biochemistry majors from Central College), there are many technical terms that I do not know yet or perhaps there are other algorithms and techniques that I haven’t heard of. However, the whole team is readily available to help me learn. I feel like I have been getting a crash course on software development and it’s pretty amazing to see where I started to where I am now.

3. How would you describe the culture at Lean Tech?

I think Lean Tech has some of the best people, ability and personality wise, which makes working enjoyable every day… even through pesky git conflict issues. I feel like bigger software companies would struggle to keep friendships (workships?) alive like we have. We are all really relaxed. Additionally, I love that the work I do directly affects users rather than just working on some big program that has already been built that affects a select few. The work and development I do at Lean Tech is implemented into the product quickly and directly placed into users hands soon after. It is great to see and participate in the development process from beginning to end.

By |2018-09-26T19:22:45+00:00September 28th, 2018|Culture, People|0 Comments

Release Notes For September 2018

Release Notes for September 2018

New Features

  • Part number now in public SDS quick search
  • Real time updating of Checklists on Project Detail pages
  • Easily create a desktop shortcut to Thrive with the click of a button
  • New export feature that allows quick downloading of very large data sets as .CSV
  • Easy copying of requisitions in any state of approval
  • In Form Security, ability to copy selections and settings from an existing role into a new role
  • In Form Security Field Customization, “Field Hints” can be added to so that the purpose of form fields can display as suggested text on the form


  • “My Options” added to the user / account icon as a drop down menu and icon no longer navigates to the home page
  • Improved mobile functionality including button scaling for workflow in productivity tracking and expansion of the list of supported mobile devices 
  • Additional picklists and memos added on the Vendor page
  • Form Security now allows multi-line default values for larger form fields, such as Memo fields
  • “Field Hints” for Field Customizations so that the purpose of form fields can display as suggested text on the form
  • In User Activities, users can now reorder nodes in the Activities tree and Thrive will remember their order
  • Checklists on the Project Detail pages now have a progress bar that allows tracking of completed items
  • Related requests now appear under their respective master projects
  • In GoalBoards, hotkeys can be enabled or disabled via a checkbox option
  • New ability to view the hour by hour progress chart on a Goalboard view
  • In Goalboards, refined support for time zone differences and refined styles
  • Updated home page!
  • Project Detail pages across Thrive now have additional controls and real time update functionality
  • Added additional checklists to Project Detail pages which can now be hidden, collapsed, and refresh items as needed
  • Recordable injury and injury type selection in the Safety Occurrences page no longer change the check box selections on the page
  • Project Detail Checklists now include option to hide or show completed checklists items
  • Updated Communications module to V3 including adding option to search for communications by date range
  • Ability to grant or deny users /roles viability to documents.
  • Locations added to documents
  • Ability to search by location in public documents.
  • Added window for videos that are submitted as documents
  • Policies page updated to V3
  • Add locations to documents
  • Exporting data Thrive-wide is now easier and faster than ever with the addition of a large-format CSV export. The control panel now includes an option to change when to utilize the new large-format export
  • In Equipment Spares, new hyperlink to the last project number
  • In the OSHA 300 log, it is now possible to filter safety incidents by site and by “recordable” flag
  • User field now has binoculars search in User Accounts to make searching for employees easier
  • Database field name included in Field Security to assist with report creation


  • On Goal Boards when editing a detailed defect tracking record, the calculation for total scrap displayed on the main goal board and run details information has been improved
  • Resolved issue causing “Row not found or changed.” message that periodically appeared when saving an employee record
  • Communication detail attachments improved
  • Attachments on the communication page improved to prevent attachments from disappearing from page
  • Prevent duplicate submissions for Time Off Requests
  • Refined workflow for copying existing roles in Thrive
  • Clearer display message after copying requisition to indicate new copy has been created
  • Resolve loading circle not disappearing when creating a new Project
  • In communication page, the type column is no longer a hyperlink and images now show a preview
  • Improved ability of “Public” users to download quality documents
  • News and Events pages link now route to V3
  • Resolve Unapproved and Rejected statuses periodically appearing in Projects instead of Requests lists
  • Improved visibility of users / roles and locations section on documents
  • Ability to save a new location improved when the Cost Center / Work Center was specified
  • SMS users list improved to display all relevant users when searching for or adding users to notifications
  • Checklist checking improved on project pages
  • Thrive now features a daily background process ensuring that discussions related deleted projects are removed
  • Approval screen security improved such that the users who do not have permission cannot see the drop down approval
  • GoalBoard documents link improved to make sure directed to new file
  • Thumbnail Visibility improved when clicking the thumbnail images for Equipment, Gages, and Employees
  • Goalboard color coding logic updated to accurately reflect progress in current mode (ex. Qty vs. Run Rate)
  • Notifications created using the “Admin” account for multi-site companies now show the entire list of companies related to the notification
  • Improvement to security to prevent the modifying of administrator roles & made it easier for users to re-name security roles
  • Update to user permissions for requisition routing lists user account permissions had been granted prior to the May 2017 release of Thrive
  • Filtering on planned maintenance improved
  • Updated permissions for “Public” SDS attachments to view documents
By |2018-11-29T22:18:35+00:00September 21st, 2018|Release History|0 Comments