Joel Smith

Joel Smith, former technical sales manager at Minitab, wrote for the Minitab Blog from 2012-2016. He is currently director of rapid continuous
improvement at Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Cirque du Soleil, the French circus known for its acrobatics, is currently on the road with its "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" and made a stop just a few miles from the Minitab World Headquarters.  My wife and I decided to go to the 8:00 show, but little did I know the performance would be preceded by a lesson in takt time... Here is a timeline of events: 7:20 - A friend arrives to find... Continue Reading
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we recently posted a dataset on the passengers aboard the ship that included Class (coach or first), Gender (female or male), Age, and Status (survived or died).  From Age an additional column was created indicating Child (17 years or younger) or Adult (18 years or older). In an earlier post, we showed how survival rates could be... Continue Reading


Smarter Process Improvement

with Companion by Minitab

I’m Joel Smith, senior business development representative by title and stat nerd by education and personality. The best part about doing data analysis is solving real problems, and my job allows me to work with consultants and partners to solve challenging problems using Minitab. If you’ve ever heard me talk about statistics, you know that I’m very passionate about what can be accomplished through... Continue Reading