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Company Spotlight: Andrew Gorman (Summer Intern)

In May, we welcomed Andrew Gorman to the Lean Tech family for the summer. Andrew has contributed a lot to this team with really taking lead in helping us solidify our software development process. We asked Andrew to answer a few questions so that Thrive users could know a little more about him and his contributions to the platform this summer.

1. Tell us about yourself, where are you from/what are you studying?

I am Andrew Gorman, a Computer Science and Psychology double major at Central College, and I’m heading into my senior year! I grew up on a farm in Altoona, IA, and have always had a passion for computers and coding. Some other passions of mine include: photography, drones, and graphic design.

2. What originally attracted you to working at LeanTech? How did you hear about the opportunity?

One of my best friends, D.J. Imoehl, had a summer internship at Lean Tech during the summer of ’17. In talking with D.J. about his summer internship upon returning to school, he had nothing but positive experiences to share. He loved the team, the lean focus, and the small team environment. He put me in contact with the Team as he knew I would enjoy it as much as he did.

3. What do you like most about Lean Tech? How do you like working for a small software shop vs. a large corporation?

I love the agility, focus, and interaction that a small team brings to the table. In larger companies, oftentimes teams are larger and you don’t have as much of a voice. That’s not the case at Lean Tech, here everyone has a voice, and everyone is encouraged to share their opinions and ideas regularly. When it comes to projects, often developers are distanced from the customers and distanced from really being able to understand how to best design their software. At Lean Tech we regularly interact with customers and as a result, I believe our software is all the better for it. Saving the best for last, my favorite part of being on a small team that regularly interacts with customers is being able to identify ways to streamline the process and workflow for customers, without the customer ever even having to request it.

4. What are some projects you worked on this summer?

This summer I have completed many projects, but two in particular stand out to me as ones that I am exceptionally proud of. Both of these are projects that made me realize how great it was to be a developer on a small team with high customer interaction.
One of our customers was regularly exporting large data sets using Thrive, and although our export functionality is very robust, it was still taking a few minutes for Thrive to be able to communicate with the customer’s servers and compile the data, then download it. I was able to dig into the code for the export process and develop a new method for exporting large data sets that was much more efficient and streamlined, now that same download happens almost instantly. The time savings for our customers not having to wait means employees can be more productive with their time. This feature was rolled out to customers in our June 2018 update.

My second project was a modification to the Goalboards. In speaking with customers, I found that several companies use tablets running the Thrive Goalboard system at each part station for productivity tracking. While Thrive supports mobile devices site wide, the Goalboard buttons were a slightly difficult to click when operators were wearing gloves or other protective equipment. I modified Goalboards to detect when they were being run on mobile devices and dynamically resize the productivity tracking buttons to ensure that it was as easy and quick as possible for operators to track their productivity.

5. Whats your personal developer motto?

“Software should always be a tool, never an obstacle to be overcome.”

Yet another reason I love Lean Tech, every single member of the team embodies and embraces this value more than any other software development company I know of.

By |2018-08-07T14:07:50+00:00August 7th, 2018|People|0 Comments

Release Notes For May 2018

Release Notes for May 2018

Updates

  • Spare Parts in Maintenance updated to Thrive V3
  • Spare Parts now includes the ability to add a list of related equipment
  • A new project follow-up / assignment updated notification has been added in notifications
  • Users Accounts and Roles are now up-to-date on Thrive Version 3
  • Equipment Planned Maintenance can be dual-scheduled by meter and schedule where the most current schedule will take precedence
  • Auto-complete enhancement for faster performance on fields with lookups
  • Faster transition between filters on grids
  • Task Parts now added to task filtering in all modules
  • Download tracking added for files downloaded from Thrive
  • Notifications can now be filtered by site
  • Safety Incident Investigation Form – added an OSHA 3000 tracking field in list format (defaults to the most severe of the Death, Lost Work, Restricted Work, and Other Recordable checkboxes), added the ability to track Lost work time and restricted work days by start date, end date, and total days
  • Notification templates can now be created for certain areas
  • Notifications can be managed from certain areas where they apply (ie, NCRs)
  • Notification security is now more robust
  • Email template fields for multi-table notifications are now available
  • Description Boxes enhancement to give better visibility during editing
  • In Equipment Detail, the tab order is now memorized when re-ordering
  • In Project Management, multiple project roles can be edited at once and edited in-line
  • In Project Management, link handing for assignments has been enhanced

Improvements

  • Saving project completion comments now improved
  • Spare Parts in Maintenance page improved
  • News and Events form improvements allow for more reliable editing and saving
  • In meter-based projects, large meter readings placed in comments still allow comments to be displayed and do not result in blank comments
  • Grid table column headings more reliably remain at the top of the page in popup windows
  • Equipment reporting link handling improved
  • Functionality around the locations tab in Project Management Tasks now improved
  • HR Schedule Link correctly routes to HR schedule
  • Custom Tab and forms functionality improved in Form Security
  • User Accounts screen visibility logic improved when considering user role
  • Equipment History project link handling improved
  • Forms administration visibility based on role improved
  • Equipment purging logic improved
  • In Project Management, Delete logic improved for project categories
  • In Project Management, Delete icon during filter creation now visible in Internet Explorer
  • Equipment History filter button added to New Equipment screen
By |2018-06-07T15:17:01+00:00June 5th, 2018|Release History|0 Comments

Release Notes For April 2018

Release Notes for April 2018

Updates

  • Security enhancements for V3 providing more robust security administration
  • Equipment pages migrated to latest version of  V3
  • Employee picture upload capability
  • Equipment photo section update

Improvements

  • Goal Board Issues Time Stamp now reflects client time zone (applicable where Thrive server located in a different time zone from users)
  • “Sent” e-mail confirmation alert in Thrive now remains on screen until closed to ensure notice does not go unseen by users
  • Calendar only shows calibrations if user has access to calibrations
  • E-mail Reports improvement shows all relevant user accounts
  • Notifications e-mail recipients lookup improved on notifications page
  • Deleting equipment improvement allows for deleting of newest version of attachments for better results
  • Project Roles link updated in main menu under Project Management
  • Project Management locations “Generate separately by location” logic improvement ensures separate location is created if start dates are different from the parent project
  • New image on Task Sets
  • Permissions improved on Project Management detail Percent Complete and Flag options
By |2018-05-08T21:12:47+00:00May 4th, 2018|Release History|0 Comments

Release Notes For March 2018

Release Notes for March 2018

Updates

  • Project Follow-Up page now automatically opens when being viewed from an e-mail link
  • Project Management: All Task Items page recognizes new assignment types when they are added
  • Assignments show Open and Complete items (filtering out Closed items)
  • In Form Security, the Default Value allows for more characters (longer default values)
  • In Gages, Job and Parts are now searchable and moveable columns in the Usage / History tab
  • The Control panel now features Debugging, SMS / Text Messaging, Real Time Updates (eg. Discussions), and Active Directory Authentication switches as well as SMTP E-mail Settings
  • New Thrive Logo!

Improvements

  • In Task Sets, Category can now be saved
  • In Project Management: Project Roles, the process for deleting an employee has been improved
  • The print button window features improved compatibility with Google Chrome
  • Improved Autocomplete filtering based on the site and company in which a user belongs
  • Task file attachments security improved for ease of downloading files
  • Improved compatibility with SQL Server 2005 during updates
  • In Gages, Parts and Jobs are now visible for the Check-In / Check-Out pages
  • In Gages, the last gage location is now automatically selected when checking-in a single gage
  • Project Role binoculars lookup functionality has been improved
  • Project Request approval security improved for project approvals
  • In All Task Items, status now immediately shows “Complete” when percent complete updated to 100%
By |2018-05-08T20:34:01+00:00April 9th, 2018|Release History|0 Comments

Release Notes For February 2018

Release Notes for February 2018

Updates

  • Drop down menus now feature alternating color-coding for improved item distinction
  • Link handling logic now routes a user to their intended destination if already logged into Thrive
  • Ability to quickly clear inactive employees from the Skills Matrix
  • Faster administrative control panel performance
  • Hazard and Precautionary statements now available on the list of fields on the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) List
  • KPI tracking now available for Message History, Equipment Records, and Thrive Version
  • Assignments, Attachments, and Checklists feature the record count displayed on their respective tab headings
  • Order of calibration data requirements can now be determined via drag and drop ordering
  • Printable gage listing now exists on main Gage screen
  • “Criteria Met” column added to Project Task Items to simplify reporting for Pass / Fail criteria
  • Search fields now order results by items beginning with search term at top of list
  • Search fields option added to specify number of returned results
  • In Gages, a gage marked as “Inactive” cannot be checked out

Improvements

  • Form Security button is now always visible on child forms
  • In Task Items, images are checked to make sure they are not referenced in another task before deleting
  • Gage Image upload process improved to make sure images upload consistently
  • Time Study form now displays timings even if a carriage return (ENTER) is in the Notes field
  • NCR Assignments open correctly even if accessing the assignment directly
  • Logic for updating gage numbers in Gages is improved
  • Improved File Name handling
  • When creating grid filters, the “Is Between” and “Is Today” filter logic is more robust
  • Dynamic pivot grid now produces results even when not filtering on any other criteria

 

By |2018-03-28T18:50:19+00:00March 6th, 2018|Release History|0 Comments

Lean Technologies Receives Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award

On January 22, 2018 Sandy Ehrig of Iowa Farm Bureau and Bob Quinn from WHO Radio (The Big Show) in Des Moines visited the Strawtown Inn office complex to award Lean Technologies with the Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award. Scott & Jenny Sorheim were on hand to receive the award and were joined by David Garner (Lean Tech Software Developer) and Joel Bennett (Veel Hoeden Consulting) who nominated Lean Tech for the award. A portion of the award presentation interview can be found on the The Big Show podcast. (Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2, or Full Hour Podcast)

See all Leader Award Recipients

Thank you Iowa Farm Bureau and WHO Radio for the recognition!

January 22, 2018 Award Presentation

 

By |2018-02-16T21:42:21+00:00February 16th, 2018|Awards, Lean Tech, Podcast|0 Comments

Release Notes For January 2018

Release Notes for January 2018

Updates

  • Attribute Data added to calibration group
  • Up and Down keyboard arrow keys can now be used for navigation when entering multiple readings in Calibrations
  • Data point numbering now appears when multiple calibration readings are taken at one point
  • Custom pick lists now have the ability to add items directly from the list on the page
  • Calibration Groups upgraded to Thrive Version 3

Improvements

  • Task Set name can now be updated even if the Category field is empty
  • Project Roles updated to improve Site list and Role deletions
  • Inventory Vendor list is now visible for Administrator roles
  • Copy Gauges now copies the calibration group if it is defined and copy functionality has been improved

 

By |2018-02-16T21:15:38+00:00February 5th, 2018|Lean Tech, Release History|0 Comments

Release Notes For December 2017

Release Notes for December 2017

Updates

  • Calibration Certificate Added to Thrive Version 3
  • A single part can now be used with multiple locations in a Task Set.
  • An Assignment’s project description is now displayed if no other description is provided (formerly displayed as “[No Summary]”)
  • Multiple reading locations can now listed when setting up Gage Calibration specifications

Improvements

  • The Safety Assignment maintenance field label has been updated to the more aptly named “Resource Count”
  • In Gages, file names can now accept special characters

 

By |2018-01-25T21:12:57+00:00January 8th, 2018|Release History|0 Comments

Release Notes For November 2017

Release Notes for November 2017

Updates

  • Filters can now be shared globally amongst administrators
  • Visible calendar notes now appear on the calendar for approved time off requests
  • Notifications can filter by named event, such as for Project Assignments or Project Approvals
  • Email formatting enhancement for discussions. Templates can also be used for other emails and notifications
  • An order link is generated for a requisition item when that item already exists on another requisition order
  • Requisitions can now only be routed if at least one item exists on the order
  • Project Roles Upgraded to Version 3

Improvements

  • Deleting a project now deletes all associated assignments for that project
  • Planned Maintenance process now captures completion dates for parent PM that fall outside of the shadowing window

 

By |2018-01-25T21:13:20+00:00December 4th, 2017|Release History|0 Comments

Company Spotlight: Ryan Voyles (Software Developer)

A few months ago, we welcomed Ryan Voyles to the Lean Tech team as a software developer. Ryan has been working on Thrive platform improvements and custom projects for customers. Ryan is a great fit for the Lean Tech culture and he posses a unique set of IT experiences that allow him to understand and anticipate customer needs. Ryan is passionate about people, family, and being a team player. We are excited about having Ryan on our team and know that Thrive users will also benefit going forward from Ryan’s dedication to continuously improving Thrive. A testament to Ryan’s dedication is pictured below where he is celebrating his 1,000th consecutive day of walking – a streak that he has continued beyond that day. (Ryan said this picture also shows how he felt when he joined Lean Tech!)

Ryan Celebrating 1000 consecutive days of walking

I asked Ryan to answer a few questions so that Thrive users could know a little more about him.

1.  What do you like about being a software developer?

Being a software developer allows me to marry my desire to help improve the lives of others with my skills in information technology while having the added bonus of providing a creative outlet for my imagination.  For me, this ticks all of the boxes of what I would want to do and I would continue to do even if I won the lottery.

2. What do you like about Thrive or Lean Tech.

Lean Tech is a highly people-centered and value-focused Lean company versus the more common profit based model.  This carries through into our interactions with our customers,  interactions with each other, and in how we deliver value.  Thrive is an excellent expression of these ideals through its intuitive ease of use coupled with its powerful and adaptable functionality.  Honestly, having spent 15 years working with ERPs and accompanying solutions, I became so excited the first time I saw Thrive I started telling people I knew about it long before I knew that I would be blessed with the opportunity to work for Lean Tech.

3. What do you like to do when you are not working on Thrive software?

When I am not enjoying time with my awesome wife, Tiffany, and our Labrabeagle, Max, I am a big kid and self-professed amateur tinkerer.  I enjoy working on everything from our Ford Mustang to custom electronics and also have been known to build custom functioning lightsaber props from time to time.  I am also passionate about walking as well as physical and mental health.  More than anything, I love people.  As a family, we enjoy investing into the lives of people around us and in our community.  However, no matter what I am in to, I always hope it brings glory to Jesus (Col 3:23).

 

Thank you, Ryan, for taking the time to share with us and welcome aboard!

Kale Sparling
Vice President
Lean Technologies, Inc

By |2017-11-07T13:11:11+00:00November 7th, 2017|People|0 Comments