What is good teamwork worth to Shop Productivity?  We think it’s everything and we’re working on a new product called G-Wizard ShopFloor that’s totally focused on teamwork in the Shop.

There’ll be a lot more to talk about as it unfolds, but for now, I want to leave you with some brief description and a photograph:

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Like our other products, we’ll be associating a graphic of some WWII gals.  We do this to honor the gals and because we’re great fans of that era of American History–The Greatest Generation as Tom Brokaw called them.

We picked out this particular photo because it shows a group that clearly functions well together well as a team.  They look confident, good at what they do, happy, and enthusiastic about it–exactly what GW ShopFloor is all about.

Sorry to be a tease, but GW ShopFloor is a BIG vision that will be unveiled a little bit at a time.  It’s focused on teamwork and on helping solve a lot of problems that every Shop needs to solve.  It encourages Lean Manufacturing Principles, but you don’t need to be a guru or have black belts in anything to use it.  It’s based on solving the problems the way you do since it’s purpose-built for CNC Shops and not just some general purpose thing that’s like pounding a square peg into a round hole.  Most of all, it’s focused on being super easy to use and very visual.

We didn’t just come up with this idea yesterday, we’ve been thinking about it, studying the problem, and prototyping various possibilities for a long time.  We’re confident that when you see the whole thing finished you’ll agree with us that there’s nothing else quite like it and that you’ll want to try it with your team.

Before too long, we’ll open up our Beta Testing program and you can start to play with very early versions of the software.  GW ShopFloor will be in Beta Test for many months and we’ll use that time productively to build more features and to work with our Beta Testers to incorporate their feedback into the product.  Meanwhile, if this is something you might be interested in, make sure you’ve signed up for our Weekly Blog Newsletter.  We announce everything new right here on the blog, and the Newsletter will give you weekly digests of what’s going on so you don’t miss anything.

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